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Spurs' best night bests Magic by 13

By Associated Press
Published April 2, 2003

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Tim Duncan scored 20 to lead seven players in double figures and the Spurs had their most points of the season in a 118-105 victory over the Magic on Tuesday night.

The Spurs won their sixth in a row and stayed two behind Dallas in the Midwest Division.

Despite the balanced scoring and eight games in their past 13 with at least 100 points, coach Gregg Popovich grumbled.

"We still make mistakes," he said. "I hope to alleviate that. We'll probably need another season to try to alleviate some of the mistakes; same as all the other teams."

San Antonio went ahead by as many as 18 late in the third quarter, but the Magic opened the fourth with a 14-5 spurt, including six straight by Darrell Armstrong, to cut the lead to 98-89 with 9:30 left. But that was as close as Orlando got as San Antonio outscored the Magic 18-11 in the final six minutes.

The Magic's Tracy McGrady left the game with a little less than six minutes remaining, but still led all scorers with 30 and had 10 rebounds.

"It's a strain in my side," McGrady said. "It's nothing related to my back. We're going to get treatment, and if it feels bad (today), we're definitely going get (an MRI exam)."

Orlando's Drew Gooden added 19 and Shawn Kemp was 7-of-7 from the field and 3-of-3 at the line to finish with 17 points.

"Any way you want to put it, they just overpowered us," Gooden said.

Steve Smith sparked a 13-4 run with back-to-back 3-pointers midway through the second quarter to put the Spurs up 55-48 after Orlando took its only lead of the game 44-42.

Bowen and Parker then closed out the half with back-to-back 3s, giving San Antonio its biggest lead of the first half (65-56).

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