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Green helps depleted Spurs pull away from Magic

Thursday - 4/4/2013, 12:18am  ET

San Antonio Spurs' Tiago Splitter (22), of Brazil, is defended by Orlando Magic's Maurice Harkless (21) as he tries to shoot during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, April 3, 2013, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- No Tony Parker, no Kawhi Leonard and no Manu Ginobili proved to be no problem for the Spurs in the end.

Relying heavily on its bench, San Antonio took control of a see-saw battle in the fourth quarter and walked away with a 98-84 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.

Danny Green led all scorers with 20 points, Gary Neal had 16 and Tiago Splitter add 10 points and nine rebounds as San Antonio avoided its first three-game losing streak since 2011, getting a much-needed victory following back-to-back defeats in the closing seconds to Miami and Memphis earlier in the week.

Coach Gregg Popovich gave many of his regulars some welcomed rest. The Spurs travel to Oklahoma City for a Western Conference showdown Thursday after extending their lead to 1
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