Spurs secure playoff berth with win over Magic
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Aron Baynes had 18 points, Manu Ginobili added 13 and the San Antonio Spurs clinched a playoff berth with a 103-91 win over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.
San Antonio posted its fifth straight victory. The Spurs are 15-3 since Feb. 27, and have now made the postseason in 18 consecutive seasons.
San Antonio trailed early, but connected on 13 of its 29 attempts from the 3-point line as it built as much as a 25-point lead. It was the Spurs’ eighth straight win over Orlando.
Victor Oladipo led the Magic with 24 points, while Nik Vucevic added 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Orlando has lost four straight, and 10 out of its last 11.
Playing in the second game of a back-to-back, the Spurs were able to rest forward Tim Duncan. He started, but played just 12 minutes, scoring six points.
But his teammates didn’t need him to do much.
The Magic briefly had a three-point lead late in the first quarter before the Spurs used a 20-2 run to take a 36-21 second-quarter advantage.
San Antonio was 8 of 15 from the field during the spurt, connecting on four 3-pointers. Meanwhile, the Magic had just one of their 11 shots fall over the same stretch, committing four turnovers.
For the half, Orlando turned it over eight times, leading to 12 Spurs points.
Spurs: With one of his signature bank shots in the third quarter, Duncan marked his 10,000th two-point field goal. He is one of just 11 players in NBA history to hit 10,000 two-pointers. … San Antonio had 12 assists on its 19 made baskets in the first half.
Magic: F/C Dewayne Dedmon returned to the starting lineup after missing four of the last five games with a sore left ankle. G Evan Fournier (hip) and G Devyn Marble (eye) remained inactive.
Spurs: Host Denver on Friday.
Magic: At Minnesota on Friday.