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Spurs bind playoff berth with fifth true victory

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The unchanging deteriorate might be circuitous down, though a San Antonio Spurs are stability to play some of their best basketball of a season.

Aron Baynes had 18 points, Manu Ginobili combined 13 and a San Antonio Spurs clinched a playoff berth with a 103-91 win over a Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.

San Antonio posted a fifth true victory. The Spurs are 15-3 given Feb. 27, and have now done a postseason in 18 uninterrupted seasons.

“It’s not that we are switching it on now,” Ginobili said. “We attempted to get it together early, though we only couldn’t, either it was from injuries or only bad play.

“The categorical regard right now is only to play well. We’ve had a lot of ups and downs during a deteriorate and in a final few weeks solely for (a detriment to) New York we’ve been flattering steady. That’s a good sign.”

San Antonio trailed early, though connected on 13 of a 29 attempts from a 3-point line as it built as most as a 25-point lead. It was a Spurs’ eighth true win over Orlando.

Victor Oladipo led a Magic with 24 points, while Nik Vucevic combined 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Orlando has mislaid 4 straight, and 10 out of a final 11.

“We have to grow in a mental toughness right now,” Magic halt manager James Borrego said. “It’s unequivocally tough to win in this league, and we have to continue to stay with a process, trust what we do.

“That’s not easy during times, generally when there’s waste in a quarrel and we wish to hang a heads.”

Playing in a second diversion of a back-to-back, a Spurs were means to rest brazen Tim Duncan. He started, though played only 12 minutes, scoring 6 points.

But his teammates didn’t need him to do much.

The Magic quickly had a three-point lead late in a initial entertain before a Spurs used a 20-2 run to take a 36-21 second-quarter advantage.

San Antonio was 8 of 15 from a margin during a spurt, joining on 4 3-pointers. Meanwhile, a Magic had only one of their 11 shots tumble over a same stretch, committing 4 turnovers.

For a half, Orlando incited it over 8 times, heading to 12 Spurs points.


Spurs: With one of his signature bank shots in a third quarter, Duncan noted his 10,000th two-point margin goal. He is one of only 11 players in NBA story to strike 10,000 two-pointers. … San Antonio had 12 assists on a 19 done baskets in a initial half.

Magic: F/C Dewayne Dedmon returned to a starting lineup after blank 4 of a final 5 games with a bruise left ankle. G Evan Fournier (hip) and G Devyn Marble (eye) remained inactive.


Spurs manager Greg Popovich has zero though good things to contend about Borrego and his intensity to attain as an NBA conduct coach. Borrego spent 7 seasons on San Antonio’s staff (2003-2010), initial as an partner video coordinator and finishing his reign as an partner coach. He was partial of both a Spurs 2005 and 2007 championship teams.

“He didn’t pronounce much, though he worked his boundary off,” Popovich said. “He done us all demeanour good. Whatever we needed, he knew how to find it on film. … He fundamentally done us smarter, a things he did in a film room.”

Popovich pronounced carrying another one of his former assistants get a shot to be a conduct manager is a covenant to a Spurs’ organization.

“I theory it means we’ve had some good people come by a program,” he said. “They have good work ethics, high intelligence, and some-more than anything they unequivocally know people and know what it takes to win.”


Spurs: Host Denver on Friday.

Magic: At Minnesota on Friday.

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