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Spurs continue Florida two-step, face Orlando Magic on Friday

Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. on FSN Southwest

Orlando Magic guard Elfrid Payton (2) reaches in on San Antonio Spurs guard Dejounte Murray (5) during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, in San Antonio. Orlando won 103-98. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Orlando Magic guard Elfrid Payton (2) reaches in on San Antonio Spurs guard Dejounte Murray (5) during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, in San Antonio. Orlando won 103-98. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Spurs look to continue their early-season winning ways when they take on the Orlando Magic on the road Friday night.

Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. on FSN Southwest.

San Antonio is 4-0 for the third time in franchise history after a 117-100 victory over the Miami Heat, their third straight game versus Eastern Conference opponents.

The Spurs will play two more on the road following Friday's game, playing both Indiana and Boston before their highly anticipated matchup versus the Golden State Warriors.

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LaMarcus Aldridge continued his stellar play this season by scoring 31 points and Rudy Gay added a season-high 22 off the bench to lead six Spurs players in double figures in their last game.

Aldridge now has scored at least 20 points in all four games, his third-longest streak as a member of the Spurs. 

San Antonio is still waiting on the return of MVP candidate Kawhi Leonard and starter Tony Parker, both of whom are rehabilitating from quadriceps injuries. Leonard did not travel with the team to Miami and there's still no known timetable for his return.

Parker has been assigned to the Austin Spurs the team's G League affiliate, to continue his rehabilitation. The team announced that he will practice with the Austin squad at the team's practice facility.

Meanwhile the Orlando Magic are 3-1 so far on the young season, having defeated the Miami Heat, Brooklyn Nets, and Cleveland Cavs so far.

The game will be the first regular season matchup versus San Antonio for new free agent signee Jonathan Simmons -- the new addition played a big role in the Spurs playoff run last year.

Former lottery pick Aaron Gordon is off to a fast start for the Magic, averaging more than 27 points per game after his big 41-point explosion versus the Brooklyn Nets Tuesday night.

Two Orlando players big-man Adreian Payne (fractured left hand), and starting point guard Elfrid Payton (left hamstring) are currently dealing with injuries.

San Antonio head coach Gregg Popovich is only one victory shy of matching Phil Jackson for sixth-most in NBA history. The Spurs are also looking to get to 5-0 for the first time in their history.

Last year, San Antonio split the season series with Orlando, as the Spurs won on the road 107-79 but lost at home 95-83.


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