Grades: San Antonio Spurs 98, Orlando Magic 84 | Magic Basketball

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Apr 03

Grades: San Antonio Spurs 98, Orlando Magic 84

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San Antonio Spurs 98 Final
Recap | Box Score
84 Orlando Magic

Nikola Vucevic
7-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 STL | 14 REB | 16 PTS | -3

Vucevic had a rather underwhelming first half. His midrange jumper wasn’t falling and he struggled to finish around the rim. But he resurrected himself on offense after halftime, partly because head coach Gregg Popovich elected to rest Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter in the second half. That allowed Vucevic free reign to have his way with the dregs of the Spurs bench.

Maurice Harkless
8-21 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 BLK | 9 REB | 18 PTS | -12

FGCU may have gotten bounced from the NCAA Tournament, but Dunk City lived on thanks to Harkless, who had a couple of dunks that drew some “oohs” and “ahhs” from the road crowd. His finest dunk of the evening came late in the second quarter when Harris connected with Harkless for an alley-oop dunk in transition. It wasn’t quite Wade to LeBron, but it was spectacular nonetheless.

Beno Udrih
5-11 FG | 2-3 3P | 3 STL | 8 AST | 14 PTS | -16

Facing off against a team who he won championships with in 2005 and 2007, Udrih lucked out in this one. Instead of having to deal with Tony Parker, a whirling dervish of a point guard having the best season of his career, Udrih got matched up primarily against Nando De Colo. Let’s just say that De Colo is in a different class than Parker.

Tobias Harris
5-19 FG | 1-6 3P | 5 AST | 7 REB | 11 PTS | -7

Harris really falls in love with his jump shot sometimes and against San Antonio, his jumper left him at the altar. Harris did attack the rim some, more so in the second half once Duncan and Splitter — the Spurs’ primary rim protectors — were out of the game, but he should have been even more aggressive when Boris Diaw and Aron Baynes were manning the middle.

San Antonio Spurs

It says something about San Antonio’s culture that Popovich can rest most of his starters and the remainder of the team picks up the slack in their absence. In the second half, Pop rolled out the Spurs’ C-Team and they dispatched the Magic with ease. It was a prime example of the winning program that Orlando is slowly trying to emulate.

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