Magic halt Spurs' winning streak at 10Dec 24, 2010 - 6:58 AM Orlando, FL (Sports Network) - Dwight Howard scored a game-high 29 points to go along with 14 rebounds as the Orlando Magic handled San Antonio, 123-101, to end the Spurs' winning streak at 10 games.
Brandon Bass scored 17, Jason Richardson netted 15 and Orlando won for the first time since acquiring Richardson, Gilbert Arenas, Hedo Turkoglu and Earl Clark in two separate trades on December 18.
It was only the Magic's second win in their last 10 games.
J.J. Redick finished with 17 points, while Arenas and Turkoglu scored 14 and 11 points, respectively, in the win. Arenas also dished out a game-high nine assists.
Tony Parker and Gary Neal both scored 16 for the Spurs, who hadn't lost since December 1. Tim Duncan added 12 points while Richard Jefferson, DeJuan Blair, Manu Ginobili and Matt Bonner each finished with 10 points in the loss.
"It's bound to happen," Duncan said of the setback. "We had a good stretch there and had a good amount of wins going. We came in here against a team that was revamped and had a lot of energy."
Despite a 12-point first quarter from Parker, the Spurs trailed 28-26 after the opening 12 minutes. Orlando shot 82.4 percent from the field in the second and widened the margin to 62-53 at the half.
"Our energy on the offensive end was fantastic," said Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy. "We were running hard, pushing the ball up, pushing it ahead. I like the way we played."
The Magic took over in the third quarter and never looked back.
A Turkoglu layup at 6:09 put Orlando up 81-64, and Howard added an alley-oop dunk to extend the margin to 19.
Later, Neal made the back end of two foul shots, and Ryan Anderson's layup and three-point conversion put the Magic up 92-72. Bonner made a short jumper, and after Anderson missed a deep three, he got a second chance from beyond the arc after a Tiago Splitter turnover, and knocked it down to extend the Orlando margin to 95-74.
San Antonio's Ime Udoka connected on a short layup inside the final minute, and Bass hit a short jumper with 42.4 ticks left to give the Magic a 97-76 lead entering the fourth.
The Spurs trimmed the deficit to as little as 14, with a Jefferson three at 6:32, but Orlando scored six straight points to widen the margin to 20 at 108-88 with 4:46 remaining.
Redick connected on a three with just over three minutes remaining to put the Magic up 22, their largest lead of the game, and they cruised down the stretch.
The Spurs shot 39.5 percent from the field in the second half, while Orlando shot 53.5 percent...Howard snapped a streak of three straight games with 20 or more rebounds...Orlando had 31 assists compared to 17 for San Antonio.
- SAN ANTONIO: 101
Dec 23 10:33 PM
- SAN ANTONIO: 76
End of 3rd
Dec 23 10:00 PM
- SAN ANTONIO: 53
Dec 23 9:12 PM
- SAN ANTONIO: 26
End of 1st
Dec 23 8:45 PM
- SAN ANTONIO: 0
1st Quarter - 15:00
Dec 23 8:17 PM
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