The San Antonio Spurs started off the month of February the right way, defeating the Orlando Magic in their first game of the new month 110-103 at home.
The Spurs had to work a little harder than most expected, as San Antonio found themselves up by only two points heading into the final minute of a game against a Magic team that had lost nine straight coming into this one.
Feb 4, 2015; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs power forwardTim Duncan
(21) shoots the ball as Orlando Magic shooting guardEvan Fournier
(10) defends during the first half at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
San Antonio stayed strong however, closing the game on a 7-2 run to pick up their 31st win of the season.
The Spurs excellent ball movement was on clear display against the Magic, a big factor for victory, as San Antonio was able to pile up 32 assists.
Orlando was not too shabby themselves, assisting on 27 of their 42 made field goals.
Both teams also held on to the ball well. The Spurs only committed 11 turnovers while the Magic only gave away the ball 12 times.
Great shooting was also on display from both sides as Orlando finished 50% from the field, 10-of-21 from downtown, while San Antonio shot 52.4% from the field, connecting on 14-of-32 threes.
Rebounding was a close battle with the Spurs just barely edging the Magic, 41-39.
One area where both teams struggled was the free throw department. Orlando and San Antonio both only attempted 14 free throws each, making nine and eight respectively. Thankfully for both sides, hot shooting was able to offset deficiencies at the line.
In addition to great shooting and great ball movement, Spurs fans were treated to a vintage Tim Duncan performance. Duncan flashed back to his younger days, posting a 26 point, 10 rebound double-double, and also proving he belongs in the All-Star game he was recently selected to.
Kawhi Leonard also played well, coming up with 18 points, five rebounds, five assists, and four steals.
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For the Magic, it was all about All-Star game snub Nikola Vucevic. The Montenegro-born center made coaches think twice on Wednesday about their decision to not select him for the All-Star game, scoring 25 and grabbing 13 rebounds.
Tobias Harris also had a nice night for Orlando, 23 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists.
With the win, the Spurs improved to 31-18 on the season. The Magic fell to 15-37 with the loss, their tenth straight defeat.
Next up for San Antonio is a home game on Friday against the Miami Heat. The game is scheduled for an 8:30 p.m. CT start.
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