The Spurs played like a team desperate for a win. The Magic played like a team desperate to get home.
The Magic’s five-game West Coast road trip ended with one of their worst losses of the season as they trailed by as many as 41 and fell to the Spurs, 108-72. It was the fewest points the Magic scored in a game this season, eclipsing the previous mark of 80 set just six days ago against the Jazz.
“When we got punched in the mouth, we really lost focus at the task at hand and played a poor rest of the game,” Frank Vogel told reporters after the game.
Orlando, playing without Aaron Gordon, shot just 34.1 percent from the field and committed 21 turnovers. Jonathon Simmons, in his San Antonio homecoming, went 3-for-13 from the field and finished with 10 points. Sadly, that was a team-high, equalling Nikola Vucevic, who also had 10 points and shot 5 of 14.
LaMarcus Aldridge led the Spurs with 24 points in 26 minutes to help San Antonio snap a three-game losing streak and keep pace in the Western Conference playoff race. He was one of six players to finish in double figures for the Spurs, who shot 47.6 percent from the field and used a 17-0 run in the second quarter to open a commanding 54-29 advantage.
D.J. Augustin had nine points and six assists for the Magic, who beat the Spurs earlier this season by 27 points. Mario Hezonja struggled again after getting the starting nod, scoring four points and going 2 of 7 from the field.
Jonathan Isaac had seven points on 3-for-5 shooting, including a pull-up three and this alley-oop....
In a scheduling quirk, the Magic conclude a West Coast trip and will now return home to finish a back-to-back on Wednesday in Orlando against the Bucks.