The San Antonio Spurs needed a complete performance after suffering an aggravating loss at the hands of the shorthanded Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday night. End-to-end domination of a playoff hopeful is a fantastic way to get back on track.
Gregg Popovich and crew dismantled the Orlando Magic, 132-114, and set a single-game franchise record for three-pointers. The good guys drained an eye-popping 22 trifectas, hosting a clinic in unselfish ball movement as they finished the contest with a season-high 39 assists.
Nine different Spurs made a three in this matchup, six drilled multiple long balls, and Doug McDermott paced everyone from beyond the arc with five triples in 24 minutes off the bench. San Antonio shot a scorching 22-of-41 (53.7%) on the perimeter, capitalizing on late rotations from the Magic all night long.
This three-point masterclass could have been even worse for Orlando had Devin Vassell and Devonte' Graham matched their typical production. The backcourt sharpshooters were uncharacteristically cold, going 2-of-7 from the outside and failing to catch what felt like a contagious hot hand.
Their previous record for most threes in a single game was 20, which they achieved in 2012 and 2021. Although Tim Duncan and DeMar DeRozan led those respective teams, this rebuilding rendition of the Spurs watched the rough-and-tumble tandem of Zach Collins and Jeremy Sochan spearhead the charge.
Collins continued his recent tear as San Antonio's newest starting center, dropping 25 points, six rebounds, and five assists. The former lottery pick also had zero fouls or turnovers while shooting 9-of-14 from the field. His frontcourt costar also had a stellar outing as Sochan scored 29 points and snagged 11 rebounds for the second double-double of his rookie season.
The 19-year-old forward has displayed extraordinary development during his first go-round in the NBA, experimenting with fadeaway jumpers, one-handed free throws, and primary ballhandling duties. And he put a cherry on top of this well-rounded team-first effort by whipping an unbelievable crosscourt dime that gave the Spurs their record-setting three.