Magic hangs on to beat Spurs
SAN ANTONIO — Aaron Gordon scored 26 points and the Orlando Magic held on to beat the San Antonio Spurs, 117-110, on Sunday night (Monday, Manila time) after nearly blowing a 26-point lead with nine minutes remaining.
D.J. Augustin added 18 points for Orlando, which scored a season high and hit 12 3pointers.
DeMar DeRozan had 25 points as San Antonio’s four-game winning streak came to an end on the second night of a back-toback.
Orlando snapped a four-game skid, but had to bring its starters back into the game to preserve the victory.
The Spurs went on a 25-6 run over six minutes to erase the Magic’s 105-79 lead with 9:02 remaining.
Pau Gasol blocked and collected Gordon’s shot and raced downcourt where he was fouled with 7 minutes remaining. Gasol’s hustle led San Antonio coach Popovich to reinsert DeRozan, LaMarcus Aldridge, Patty Mills and Bryn Forbes back into the game despite Orlando leading by 18 points.
The Spurs responded with a 9-2 run to pull within 107-96 with 5:28 remaining and forced Magic coach Steve Clifford to take a timeout to slow the momentum.
Clifford was forced to take another timeout 2-1/2 minutes later when Bryn Forbes’ 3-pointer cut Orlando’s lead to 111-104.
The Magic were able to hang on, preserving their best offensive production of the season.
Orlando had lost four straight, including failing to score 100 points in three consecutive games, but jumped out to an early lead.
San Antonio’s worst defensive effort of the season came less than 24 hours after their finest in a 109-95 victory against New Orleans.
Mills finished with 16 points and Aldridge added 14 for San Antonio.
HANG TIME. Evan Fournier and the Magic end a four-game slide.