Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 1/31

Game 1: Friday, January 31st
Game 2: Tuesday, April 1st

Spurs 109


Magic 108

(24-24, 14-10 home)

    Coverage: KRRT

    8:00 PM ET, January 31, 2003

    Amway Arena, Orlando, FL

    1 2 3 4 T
    SA 22 32 31 24109
    ORL 26 26 29 27108

    Top Performers

    SA: T. Duncan 23 Pts, 17 Reb, 6 Ast, 3 Blk

    Orl: T. McGrady 35 Pts, 7 Reb, 6 Ast, 2 Stl

    Duncan four assists shy of triple-double

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Tim Duncan was too much for the Orlando Magic's beleaguered corps of big men.

     Tim Duncan

    Duncan had 23 points, 17 rebounds and six assists, and his put-back off his own miss with 4 seconds left gave the San Antonio Spurs a 109-108 victory over Orlando on Friday night.

    The Magic had a chance to win, but Tracy McGrady's 17-footer fell short at the buzzer. McGrady scored 12 of his 35 points in the fourth quarter, topping the 30-point mark for the seventh straight game.

    "Both teams competed real hard; we just happened to make the last shot, I guess," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "Lots of games come down to that. We were just fortunate enough to make it."

    McGrady's jumper with 13.5 seconds to play put the Magic ahead by one, but Orlando couldn't keep Duncan off the boards as he hit his second game-winning shot in a week. Last Friday in Utah, Duncan backed down Karl Malone before hitting a turnaround jumper as the horn sounded.

    "On my move, I got hit in the eye and didn't think I was going to get it off," said Duncan, who had nine of the Spurs' 16 offensive rebounds. "I just kind of threw it up there. I just followed it."

    "In that situation, we have to make him earn it at the free throw line," said Orlando center Andrew DeClercq, who blamed himself for not fouling Duncan.

    David Robinson scored a season-high 20 points, including two go-ahead free throws with 26.9 seconds to play, as the Spurs had six players score in double figures. Tony Parker also scored 20, and his 3-pointer with 53 seconds to go gave the Spurs a 105-104 lead. Parker finished with a career-high 13 assists and Emanuel Ginobili added a season-high 14 points.

    After DeClercq sank a short jump hook over Robinson at the 39.6-second mark, Robinson responded with a strong drive to the basket and Darrell Armstrong grabbed him to prevent the easy basket. San Antonio sank 19 of 22 free throws for the game, although Robinson's pair were the team's only fourth-quarter foul shots.

    In two games since sitting out a few days with a tight back, Robinson has averaged 16 points and 10 rebounds.

    "A couple of days ago, before (Robinson) got on the plane, he told me he was playing whether I liked it or not," Popovich said. "We would've had a tough time without him."

    The Spurs trailed 104-100 with 1:32 remaining, but Robinson dunked off Duncan's lob and Parker sank a 3 from the top of the key after McGrady missed a long shot he took with time on the shot clock. Against Bruce Bowen's defense, McGrady shot 15-for-36.

    "It seemed like Tracy had about 49 points or so, but he had to work his butt off for it and he had to shoot a lot of shots," Popovich said. "Bruce made him work all night long. He does that night in and night out, and he's been doing that all year long."

    The Magic were hurt at times by McGrady's absences, as coach Doc Rivers has made it a priority recently to rest his superstar. McGrady played 35 minutes after averaging more than 43 minutes in five contests entering the week; he played 38 in a win over Cleveland on Wednesday.

    San Antonio took a 14-point lead midway through the second quarter behind a 20-3 run, and it appeared the Spurs were going to run away. Orlando's defense was on the floor in theory only, giving up wide-open dunks and 3-pointers. When Malik Rose's uncontested jam put San Antonio up 44-34, Rivers called a timeout, a look of utter disbelief on his face.

    After surrendering two more point-blank baskets, the Magic finally went to work up as McGrady's thunderous baseline reverse jam brought the crowd to life. Mike Miller followed with a three-point play and technical foul shot, after Spurs coach Gregg Popovich argued with officials, cutting San Antonio's lead to 50-44 with 3:19 left before the break.

    McGrady closed the half with six more points, and Orlando trailed 54-52 at intermission.

    "The way we played those guys, it gives us confidence going in to the next few games," said McGrady, who also had seven rebounds and six assists. "Actually, I don't feel as bad as I thought I would. We played our (butts) off."

    Game notes
    The Spurs were without shooting guard Steve Smith, who missed the game to attend to personal business. He didn't play in four of the last five games because of a coach's decision. ... This is McGrady's second seven-game stretch of the season of games with at least 30 points ... Orlando's previous record of consecutive 30-point games was five, set by Shaquille O'Neal in 1993-94.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 109 108
    FGM-FGA 42-83 (.506) 46-94 (.489)
    3PM-3PA 6-16 (.375) 5-16 (.313)
    FTM-FTA 19-22 (.864) 11-13 (.846)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 16-46 15-38
    Assists 28 21
    Turnovers 15 10
    Steals 5 6
    Blocks 4 4
    Fast Break Points 1 4
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (1/0) 20 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    San Antonio
    Tim Duncan Duncan
    Points: 23
    Reb: 17
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 3
    Tracy McGrady McGrady
    Points: 35
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0