Tuesday, December 12, 2017
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Magic earns stunning win at Spurs

SAN ANTONIO — Mired in a four-game losing streak, the Magic opened a lengthy road trip Tuesday night needing to turn its season around.

It got its trip off to the best possible start: a win over the powerhouse Spurs.

The Magic played one of its best defensive games and ramped up its offense in the second and third quarters to beat the Spurs 95-83.

Serge Ibaka scored 18 on 7-of-11 shooting, and Evan Fournier added 13 points and tied a career high with seven assists.

The victory had only one negative: Point guard Elfrid Payton left the game with 7:40 left in the fourth quarter after he rolled his right ankle and didn't return.

The Spurs made only 37 percent of their shots and turned the ball over 19 times.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Giannis Antetokounmpo tied a career high with 34 points and the host Bucks stunned the Cavaliers 118-101, ending Cleveland's four-game winning streak. … Sean Kilpatrick scored 31 of his career-high 38 after the third quarter as the host Nets stopped a seven-game skid with a 127-122 double-overtime victory over the Clippers. … Tobias Harris scored 24 and the visiting Pistons beat the Hornets 112-89 for their third straight win. … Anthony Davis had 41 points and 16 rebounds, helping the host Pelicans dominate the Lakers 105-88.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Grizzlies guard Mike Conley will miss at least six weeks after being diagnosed with fractured bones in his lower back. … Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki will miss at least two more games with a right Achilles tendon injury.

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