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San Antonio Spurs Cruise past Orlando Magic despite Tony Parker’s Absence

Steve Mitchell – USA TODAY Sports

After losing against the Oklahoma City Thunder two nights ago, the San Antonio Spurs travelled to the Amway Center to take on the Orlando Magic in an inter-conference game this Friday.

The Spurs suffered the absence of star PG Tony Parker and started Cory Joseph in his place but the offense of San Antonio didn’t suffer any setbacks. They dominated the game from start to finish as they won by a 109-91 score.

The Spurs had a strong first half, highlighted by a second quarter where they outscored the Magic 34-21. Tim Duncan dominated in the paint to finish with 19 points but even when he was the standout performer in Parker’s absence, the whole team stepped their game up to return to winning ways.

One of the biggest problems against the Thunder was the lack of consistent shooting beyond the arc but the Spurs were able to re-discover their shooting touch in a big way. Headlined by Marco Belinelli, who ended with 19 points on 4-4 from three-point area, San Antonio shot 55 percent from the field and a staggering 47 percent from long-range on their route to their 14th win of the year.

The Magic were a tough rival but they are clearly not on the same level as the Spurs. A rebuilding franchise like Orlando gave their all but the overall efficiency of San Antonio was too much to handle as San Antonio had another solid performance on the road to win the game.

The win also means that the team, led by Gregg Popovich, remains undefeated against the Eastern Conference so far. The win today proved that the Spurs are able to function even when their best player is not on the floor and that’s a scary thought for the rest of the NBA.

Juan Pablo Aravena is a sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @jparavenarant or add him to your network on Google