Tipping it up in their final game before the All-Star break, the Orlando Magic welcomed the San Antonio Spurs to the Amway Center for their lone visit of the season. After walking out of San Antonio victorious, the Magic didn’t have the same luck at home, getting crushed by the Spurs 107-79.
A day after trading Serge Ibaka to the Toronto Raptors, the Magic, starting both Aaron Gordon and Jeff Green, came out flat on both ends of the floor. The Spurs, playing typical Spurs-ian basketball whipped the ball around the court, finding open shot after open shot against a struggling Magic defense. Orlando’s offense did them no favors, turning the ball over on seemingly every other possession, a forcing shots on many of the others. After one, the Spurs held a comfortable 14 point lead, up 30-16 on the struggling Magic.
The second quarter wasn’t a whole lot better for the Magic. While they were able to take care of the ball better, turning it over only five times, those five turnovers led to 10 Spurs points, helping the visitors push their lead to as many as 25 over the course of the quarter. No one on the Magic was able to get going at all on the offensive end, with Jeff Green and C.J. Watson leading the way with seven points apiece in the half. At the halftime break, the Magic found themselves behind by 17, 54-37.
Out of halftime, the Magic began to show some signs of life on both ends, settling into a little bit of a groove defensively, while finding, and knocking down shots offensively. Their sudden spark of life allowed them to cut the Spurs lead down to as few as 12 just after the midway point of the quarter. However, after a timeout, the Spurs finished the quarter on a 17-8 run to push their lead back up to 21. After three, the Spurs, led by LaMarcus Aldridge and Kawhi Leonard, led the Magic 85-64.
Trailing by 21, the Magic needed to make a run fast and early if they had hoped to work their way back into the game. They were unable to, with San Antonio holding the lead around the 20 point mark for seemingly the entire quarter. The Magic go into the week long All-Star break a disappointing 21-37, and figure to be busy before next weeks trading deadline.
Aldridge led all scorers finishing with 23. Leonard was hot on his heels, finishing the night with 22. Patty Mills added 13 off the Spurs bench. Former Magic big man Dewayne Dedmon added 10 points and 11 rebounds for the double-double on the night.
Nikola Vucevic led the Magic, finishing with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Both Jeff Green and Aaron Gordon finished the night with 11 for the sluggish Magic.