That was fun.
The San Antonio Spurs bounced back from Wednesday night’s loss, by taking down the Orlando Magic. The Magic had two consecutive victories heading into the matchup, but had to deal with an injury on Jameer Nelson.
Victor Oladipo was able to get the start for Orlando tonight, as he played well. As we said in our game preview, it would be essential for the Spurs to contain Nikola Vucevic. And for the most part, we did just that.
After the first quarter, the Spurs had a 29-24 lead. In the second, the Magic were still able to stay afloat, as they brought their deficit down to one. Farther into the second quarter, the Spurs went on a run and took a 18 point lead.
Duncan finally stepped up and had a fantastic game for San Antonio. In just 16 minutes of action, Duncan tallied 16 points to go along with 7 boards.
Heading into the third quarter, the Spurs had a comfortable 63-45 lead. The Spurs opened the second half by missing their first eight shots. The Magic were able to cut the deficit to 12. After that point, the Spurs took over.
Manu Ginobili finally knocked down a three to stop Orlando’s run. The Magic ended up sending the Spurs to line where they finished 7-of-7 at the end of the third. Oladipo fueled Orlando to a 10-2 run to finish the quarter.
Marco Belinelli started the fourth quarter by draining consecutive three pointers. His mini-run fueled San Antonio to a 17 point lead. After that, the Spurs took control and won 109-91.
Tim Duncan finished with 19 points and 9 rebounds.
The Spurs record will improve to 14-2, while the Magic will fall to 6-10. San Antonio takes on Houston today.