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San Antonio Spurs vs. Orlando Magic: Takeaways and Star

By George Middleton
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The San Antonio Spurs (45-8) beat the Orlando Magic (23-29), 98-96 on Wednesday night. Manu Ginobili missed the contest with a groin injury and Tony Parker missed due to rest. The Spurs are 17-8 on the road this season.

San Antonio trailed by as many as 14 points with 10 minutes to play in the fourth quarter. The Spurs went on a 16-4 run to take a three-point lead with less than a minute to play. It appeared the game would go to overtime as Evan Fournier connected on a three-pointer with 13 seconds to play, but Kawhi Leonard answered with a mid-range jumper with less than a second to play. San Antonio shot only 43 percent from the field but they held to Orlando to 41 percent. Tim Duncan made his return after missing the last eight games with a sore knee. Duncan wound up with five points, seven rebounds, and five assists.

Key Takeaways

-Kawhi Leonard delivers

San Antonio is fortunate to have a two-way franchise player like Kawhi Leonard. On Wednesday night, Leonard played hero by hitting a game-winner. Leonard went for 29 points and seven rebounds. The 24-year-old shot 12-of-19 from the field.

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-Patty Mills huge off bench

With Parker out someone had to step up for the Spurs. That player was Patty Mills. Mills wound up with 17 points, seven assists, and six rebounds off the bench.

-Spurs contain Victor Oladipo

With Tobias Harris out for the Magic, Victor Oladipo’s role only gets bigger. On Wednesday night, the Spurs contained him to 14 points to go along with four turnovers. In the first meeting against the Spurs he went for 19 points and seven assists.

Star Performer: Kawhi Leonard

Do I even have to explain why? Leonard hit the big shot and had a terrific performance. LaMarcus Aldridge gets some consideration as he went for 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds.

Notes:

-Magic out-rebound Spurs 50-44

-8-of-20 from 3-point range

Danny Green finished with 12 points

Next: Top Five 3-Point Shooters in Spurs History

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