Gregg Popovich decided to start Boris Diaw along with Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard. Diaw couldn't guard Nikola Vucivic, Tony Parker continued to struggle finishing and the team just got out hustled by a younger more athletic Magic team over the first nine minutes of the first. A 10-0 run from the bench unit cut the Spurs' deficit to just one after the first and the Spurs played a solid second quarter on their way to a seven point lead at the half.
The second half was tightly contested and the Spurs opened up decent leads but the Magic pulled the good guys back each time. This culminated in the Magic pulling within two with just 38 seconds left. Tony Parker then buried a corner triple that proved to be enough to get by a plucky Orlando team that tried to keep their losing streak from hitting double digits.
- Vucivic put together a great game for the Magic working in the post and canning midrange jumpers on his way to 25 and 13.
- Tim Duncan did his thing for the Spurs and finished with another double-double after pulling down ten boards and scoring 26 points on 11-of-17 shooting
- Kawhi Leonard continues to show improved court vision and solid passing ability. That makes me very happy. The kid was great tonight
- Good to have Marco Belinelli back. He hit three of his four threes including two important ones back-to-back.
- Manu Ginobili racked up ten dimes. He's passing at such a high level this season.
Your Spurs improve to 31-18. They will host the Heat on Friday before starting the Rodeo Road Trip.
Vine/Tweet of the Night:
The bossman made the Spurs Live postgame show with this tweet.
But they cut out the best part which is the accompanying Vine. So here's your Vine of the Night.