Spurs overcome shaky finish to beat Magic, 114-113

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Trey Lyles had 20 points and the San Antonio Spurs overcame a shaky fourth quarter to beat Orlando 114-113 on Saturday night, snapping the Magic’s three-game winning streak.

San Antonio led by as many as 16 points in snapping a two-game skid but came within seconds of another defeat.

With San Antonio leading 114-113, Bryn Forbes lost the ball in a scramble with 7.5 seconds. Magic guard Evan Fournier raced downcourt and threw up an errant and off-balance layup with 2.2 seconds that Spurs guard Derrick White rebounded and tossed upcourt to run out the clock.

Fournier finished with 23 points and Terrence Ross added 21 for Orlando.

The Spurs, who are seeking an NBA record 23rd straight postseason appearance, remain three games behind the Memphis Grizzlies for the eighth seed in the West. The Magic remain seventh in the East.

Orlando took its first lead at 91-90 on Michael Carter-Williams’ layup with 9:16 remaining in the final quarter. The Magic would complete a 10-0 run to extend their lead to 96-90 before the Spurs rallied for the win.

San Antonio had seven players score in double figures, including 19 points from Rudy Gay, 16 from DeMar DeRozan and 15 by Dejounte Murray.

The Spurs needed the balanced scoring, especially from Gay, with LaMarcus Aldridge missing his second straight start with a sore right shoulder

Gay has struggled in his third season with the Spurs, averaging a career low 9.4 points overall and 6.1 points in his previous nine games. Prior to the game, San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said Gay has battled “nagging” injuries but worked to get in shape during the All-Star Break.

Gay responded by shooting 4 for 6 on 3-pointers and 7 for 12 overall.


Magic: Gordon received his sixth technical foul this season after arguing with an official during an Orlando possession. He was restrained by a teammate from confronting the official following the technical. Gordon never had more than two technical fouls in his previous five seasons. … Mo Bamba, who played collegiately nearby for the Texas Longhorns, had eight points and five rebounds in 12 minutes. … The Magic swept the season series against the Spurs last season but have lost 16 of 21 overall and nine of 11 in San Antonio.

Spurs: Jakob Poeltl did not return after suffering a bruised right knee with 7:46 remaining in the first quarter. Poeltl walked off unassisted but had a noticeable limp. … Bryn Forbes joined Avery Johnson and Bruce Bowen as the only undrafted players to start 150 games with the Spurs. … Gay had his 25th block of the season, stuffing Vucevic under the rim. Nikola Vucevic recovered the block but was stepping out of bounds when he did.


Magic: Host Portland on Monday night.

Spurs: Host Indiana on Monday night.