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Magic 125, Spurs 89: An all-around success for the Orlando Magic

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The Magic were dominant and balanced in their preseason opener

Orlando Magic v San Antonio Spurs Photos by Logan Riely/NBAE via Getty Images

Now that is how you kick off the preseason. Everything went about as perfect as possible for the Orlando Magic in their opener:

Markelle Fultz was back on the court. Mo Bamba stole the spotlight. Al-Farouq Aminu showed what he brings to the team. Aaron Gordon was the best player on the floor.

And the Magic cruised to victory.

What began as Markelle Fultz Day turned into a dominant and balanced attack by the Magic during their 125-89 rout of the Spurs. We saw what we needed to see for now from Fultz, who shot 3-for-8 from the field (0-for-2 from three) and finished with six points, four assists, two rebounds and two steals in 17 minutes. Fultz, who had four turnovers, checked in late in the first quarter and connected on the very first shot attempt he took as a member of the Magic early in the second...

While the spotlight was understandably on Fultz, it was his fellow Magic wild card, Bamba, who stole the show.

The hype surrounding Fultz’s debut overshadowed some of the other intriguing elements surrounding this Magic team, one of which is the healthy return of a bulked-up Bamba. Bamba, who was limited to 47 games in his rookie season after suffering a stress fracture in his leg, wasted little time showing his agility in getting up and down as he scored 10 quick points in the first half...

Bamba finished with a team-high 18 points on 7-for-11 shooting and also added six rebounds and three blocks in 19 minutes. Bamba also delivered an outlet pass to Fultz for a one-handed dunk in transition that capped a 24-2 run during the third quarter to blow the game open....

Leading the team in assists was none other than the newcomer Aminu, who had five assists to go with nine points and four rebounds in 19 minutes during his Magic debut. Gordon was efficient, scoring 14 points on 6 of 8 shooting, including some work in the post. Evan Fournier picked up right where he left off in the World Cup, scoring the Magic’s first six points of the game. Nikola Vucevic and D.J. Augustin each added seven points. Jonathan Isaac, who along with Michael Carter-Williams played a team-high 20 minutes, had five points and five rebounds, and showed off his handle on this play...

While the Magic bench last season often had trouble protecting Magic leads when the starters sat, the second unit on Saturday not only protected the lead but increased it. The Magic’s depth was on display as Terrence Ross tallied 14 points, connecting on 4 of 8 three-point attempts; Carter Williams had 13 points and six rebounds, playing high energy at all times even in the preseason; and Wes Iwundu added 10 points, making a solid first impression as he enters a season in which his role and place in the rotation is not clearly defined.

The score doesn’t mean much of anything in the preseason, and the game not being televised makes it hard to offer immediate analysis, but the takeaways for the Magic seem to be overwhelmingly positive.

The Magic next play on Monday at Detroit and that game most certainly will be on TV.