• Spurs rebound with convincing win over Magic

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    ORLANDO: The San Antonio Spurs bounced back from their first NBA defeat in nearly a month with a convincing 109-91 victory over the Orlando Magic on Friday (Saturday in Manila).

    With San Antonio’s All-Star point guard Tony Parker resting a sore ankle, Tim Duncan and reserve shooting guard Marco Belinelli led a balanced Spurs attack with 19 points apiece.

    Duncan connected on 8-of-13 shots from the floor and added a game-high nine rebounds, while Italy’s Belinelli shot 4-of-4 from three-point range.

    Duncan scored 17 of his 19 points in the first half, when the reigning Western Conference champion Spurs took control of the contest with a run of 17 straight points in the second quarter.

    Their comfortable cushion allowed the 37-year-old Duncan to sit out much of the second half — a useful rest with the Spurs due to host the Houston Rockets in San Antonio on Saturday.

    Cory Joseph started in place of France’s Parker and contributed 13 points for a Spurs team who had suffered just their second defeat of the season on Wednesday at Oklahoma City.

    That defeat by the Thunder snapped the Spurs’ 11-game winning streak.

    The Magic were also without their starting point guard as Jameer Nelson was sidelined by a sprained foot.

    In his absence Victor Oladipo delivered 15 points and three blocked shots, and Arron Afflalo led the Magic with 17 points.

    AFP

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