With Parker missing the fourth quarter with a groin injury, the
Spurs rallied from a 12-point deficit at the SBC Center.
Tim Duncan had 24 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Spurs to
their 10th victory in 11 home games this season.
"We struggled in the third quarter," Duncan said. "Things
just weren't going in. Their guards took control of the game."
Orlando guard Cuttino Mobley led the Magic with 21 points, Steve
Francis had 20 and Grant Hill added 18. Francis missed a game-tying
3-point shot in the final seconds.
"It was right there," Orlando coach Johnny Davis said. "We
just didn't make some plays we needed down the stretch and they
made plays at the end of the game."
Manu Ginobili added 17 points for the Spurs, and Parker had 13
while starting despite the groin injury.
Rookie Beno Udrih had eight points and seven assists after
"Beno stepped in and did a good job," Spurs coach Gregg
Popovich said. "It was great to have him playing that way. We
didn't want to give Tony too many minutes. And Beno was rolling
anyway so it worked out."
With the Magic leading 76-64 with less than two minutes left in
the third quarter, Udrih led the Spurs on a 23-10 run.
Facing a double team, Udrih first found Malik Rose cutting into
the lane for a one-handed dunk that pulled the Spurs within 76-66.
Udrih then hit a 3-pointer and set up Ginobili for his own
3-pointer to pull the Spurs within 78-72 with 10:26 left in the
"He gave us two key shots," Ginobili said. "He was the owner
of the team. He was running the plays great. He showed great poise.
He was a big key to the comeback."
Udrih also gave up the ball quickly on a break, allowing Devin
Brown to score on a one-handed dunk that gave the Spurs an 87-86
lead they never relinquished.
Udrih was the statistical equal of fellow rookie Dwight Howard,
who the NBA's No. 1 draft pick. Howard fouled out late in the
fourth quarter after scoring eight points and grabbing seven
rebounds in 27 minutes.
"Because I'm a rookie, every game and every minute that I get
on the court I should prove myself to everybody and myself," "
Udrih said. "I think that I did a good job."
The rally was needed after the Magic outscored the Spurs 28-12
in the third period to erase a 54-48 halftime deficit.
The groin injury that nearly kept Parker from playing wasn't a
factor at the start of the game. Parker got the Spurs off to a fast
start by scoring or assisting on nine of his team's first 11
Orlando is now 11-3 when leading after three quarters. ...
Parker is 59-for-118 from the field since Nov. 27. ... The Spurs
have only been outscored four times in the paint this season. They
held a 36-26 edge on Wednesday. ... Hedo Turkoglu was playing in
his first game against the Spurs since signing as a free agent with
Orlando in the offseason. Turkoglu had seven points in 24 minutes.