Magic hangs on to beat Spurs

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SAN AN­TO­NIO — Aaron Gor­don scored 26 points and the Or­lando Magic held on to beat the San An­to­nio Spurs, 117-110, on Sun­day night (Mon­day, Manila time) af­ter nearly blow­ing a 26-point lead with nine min­utes re­main­ing.

D.J. Au­gustin added 18 points for Or­lando, which scored a sea­son high and hit 12 3point­ers.

DeMar DeRozan had 25 points as San An­to­nio’s four-game win­ning streak came to an end on the sec­ond night of a back-to­back.

Or­lando snapped a four-game skid, but had to bring its starters back into the game to pre­serve the vic­tory.

The Spurs went on a 25-6 run over six min­utes to erase the Magic’s 105-79 lead with 9:02 re­main­ing.

Pau Ga­sol blocked and col­lected Gor­don’s shot and raced down­court where he was fouled with 7 min­utes re­main­ing. Ga­sol’s hus­tle led San An­to­nio coach Popovich to rein­sert DeRozan, LaMar­cus Aldridge, Patty Mills and Bryn Forbes back into the game de­spite Or­lando lead­ing by 18 points.

The Spurs re­sponded with a 9-2 run to pull within 107-96 with 5:28 re­main­ing and forced Magic coach Steve Clif­ford to take a time­out to slow the mo­men­tum.

Clif­ford was forced to take an­other time­out 2-1/2 min­utes later when Bryn Forbes’ 3-pointer cut Or­lando’s lead to 111-104.

The Magic were able to hang on, pre­serv­ing their best of­fen­sive pro­duc­tion of the sea­son.

Or­lando had lost four straight, in­clud­ing fail­ing to score 100 points in three con­sec­u­tive games, but jumped out to an early lead.

San An­to­nio’s worst de­fen­sive ef­fort of the sea­son came less than 24 hours af­ter their finest in a 109-95 vic­tory against New Or­leans.

Mills fin­ished with 16 points and Aldridge added 14 for San An­to­nio.

HANG TIME. Evan Fournier and the Magic end a four-game slide.

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