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Jefferson, who broke off an engagement with his fiancee before joining the Spurs last season, said people are often too quick to chalk up personal issues as potential distractions.

The job, Jefferson said, is sometimes the only refuge.

“I’ve gone through personal issues myself. Sometimes basketball, those couple of hours you’re on the court, that’s the only time you’re focused on that,” Jefferson said. “I’m not surprised by how well (Tony‘s) playing. If anything, this is when you become more focused on your game.”

After beating the Magic, Ginobili wouldn’t declare the Spurs the best in the league.

“It’s too early to tell. What we know we’re winning games that last year we would have lost,” Ginobili said. “But it’s too early. Thirteen games so far. We’ve got a long way to go.”