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San Antonio Spurs vs Orlando Magic: Post Game Grades

Feb 10, 2016; Orlando, FL, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) high fives teammates after making the game winning basket to beat the Orlando Magic at Amway Center. San Antonio defeated Orlando 98-96. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 10, 2016; Orlando, FL, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) high fives teammates after making the game winning basket to beat the Orlando Magic at Amway Center. San Antonio defeated Orlando 98-96. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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The San Antonio Spurs (45-8) beat the Orlando Magic (23-29), 98-96 on Wednesday night. Kawhi Leonard led the way with 29 points. The Spurs are 17-8 on the road this season.

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The Good: The San Antonio Spurs got a boost from Patrick Mills whom finished with 17 points on 7 of 11 shooting. LaMarcus Aldridge added 21 points and seven rebounds in the win. It would be the play of Leonard in the final seconds to lift the Spurs over a stingy Magic team.

The Bad: With 0.9 seconds remaining in the game, a defensive breakdown nearly sent this game into overtime. The Magic’s Elfrid Payton ran down a length-of-the-floor pass and missed an uncontested reverse layup as the buzzer sounded.

X-Factor: He played 32 minutes and put the team on his back down the stretch. Leonard proved to be the “X-Factor” in this game as he nailed a jumper at the top of the key to lift the Spurs to a two point win and their sixth straight heading into the All-Star Break.

Quote of the Night: Head Coach Gregg Popovich nailed it during his postgame with the media: “We got lucky.”

PG. San Antonio Spurs. RAY MCCALLUM. B. 4 points (1-4 FG), 5 rebounds, 1 assist — With Tony Parker (rest) out of the lineup, McCallum got the start. He did not shoot the ball well but did manage to grab five rebounds in 17 minutes of play. With Patty Mills playing well, McCallum’s minutes diminished during the game.

SG. San Antonio Spurs. DANNY GREEN. B+. 12 points (4-11 FG), 5 rebounds, 2 assists — Green continues his strong play on defense and is starting to produce more on the offensive end in the last couple of games. Against the Magic, he was 2-of-8 from 3-point range. 

A+. 29 points (12-19 FG), 7 rebounds, 2 assists — The ball was in his hands as time was running down. Leonard came down and rose up at the top of the key to nail his 29th point of the game and sealing the Spurs sixth straight win. Leonard was perfect from beyond the arc as he made all three of his attempts.. SF. San Antonio Spurs. KAWHI LEONARD

A+. 21 points (8-16 FG), 7 rebounds, 2 assists — Producing at a high-level on the offensive end, Aldridge is continuing to play more and more like his days in Portland with the Trailblazers. He has been on a tear in the teams past six games. The Magic had no answer for Aldridge. . PF. San Antonio Spurs. LAMARCUS ALDRIDGE

B+. 5 points (2-9 FG), 7 rebounds, 5 assists — Duncan returned to the starting lineup after missing the teams past six games. He logged 18 minutes and finished with five points and seven rebounds. He also added five assists. Good to see Duncan back on the floor for the Spurs as everything changes when he is out there with the team. It is not his scoring that will carry the team but defensively they missed him.. C. San Antonio Spurs. TIM DUNCAN

A. 27 points, 11 rebounds, 12 assists — They did just enough to help the team reach their sixth straight win without Manu Ginobili. It would be the play of Mills that would outshine the rest. He contributed 17 of the teams 27 points. He filled the boxscore. He grabbed six rebounds and had seven assists.. Bench. San Antonio Spurs. SECOND UNIT

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