NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, November 29th
(All times Eastern)
San Antonio Spurs (13-2) at Orlando Magic (6-9), 7 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The San Antonio Spurs lost for the first time in almost
a month, but will try to get back in the win column Friday night when they
visit the Orlando Magic.
San Antonio had taken 11 straight before a 94-88 setback in Oklahoma City
The Spurs were uncharacteristically poor shooting the ball. They shot 39.1
percent from the field and only 7-for-27 from long range. San Antonio even
struggled to 64 percent from the foul line.
"We didn't shoot the ball very well that's for sure," Spurs head coach Gregg
Popovich said. "I thought a pretty good percentage of our 3-pointers were
hurried or frazzled. I didn't like our shot selection."
Tony Parker led a balanced, but ineffective Spurs attack with 16 points. Kawhi
Leonard added 14 and 10 rebounds, while Manu Ginobili chipped in 12 off the
Tim Duncan managed 11 points and Boris Diaw scored 10 points.
The Spurs return to Alamo City after Friday brings an end to a mini road trip.
The Magic are riding a two-game winning streak with a road victory over the
Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday and a home decision over the Philadelphia 76ers on
The Magic beat up on an undermanned Sixers team to the tune of a 105-94 win.
"We had a pretty impressive win last (Tuesday) night. We hadn't had the best
track record of backing up good victories with solid, back-to-back victories
on back-to-back nights," said Arron Afflalo. "It got a little ugly there in
the second and third quarters, but we showed a little mental toughness and got
us a good victory."
Without starting center Spencer Hawes, the Sixers had no answer for Orlando's
Nikola Vucevic. The Magic big man had 21 points, 16 rebounds and three blocked
Glen Davis was next in scoring for the Magic with 19 points, followed by 18
from Afflalo and Victor Oladipo. Andrew Nicholson contributed 11 off the
The Magic did commit 17 turnovers on Wednesday, but shot 52.4 percent from the
Orlando hits the road for six straight, starting in Washington on Monday.
The Spurs have won four in a row over the Magic, including two straight in
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