Grades: San Antonio Spurs 109, Orlando Magic 91 | Magic Basketball



Nov 30

Grades: San Antonio Spurs 109, Orlando Magic 91

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San Antonio Spurs 109 Final
Recap | Box Score
91 Orlando Magic

Nikola Vucevic
4-12 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 BLK | 7 REB | 12 PTS | -20

To say that Vucevic struggled would be an understatement. He committed eight turnovers and some of them were careless. Midway through the third quarter, he traveled on an inbounds pass. Then on the ensuing possession, he committed offensive basket interference while trying to make a tip-in. After the turnover, the frustration got to Vucevic and he was whistled for a technical foul after throwing the ball at the stanchion.

Victor Oladipo
6-14 FG | 1-3 3P | 3 BLK | 4 REB | 15 PTS | -20

Oladipo was fairly ordinary on offense, but he made some spectacular plays defensively. Like his two blocks on Jeff Ayres and Tiago Splitter in the second half that were right out of Dwyane Wade’s playbook. On both plays, Ayres and Splitter drove to the basket but were denied by Oladipo, who came from the weak-side to block each big man at the rim.

Arron Afflalo
6-14 FG | 5-5 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 17 PTS | -30

Like many of the players for the Magic, Afflalo couldn’t get much going offensively. He had plenty of quality looks, but the shots didn’t fall for him. The fact that he was able to churn out a somewhat-efficient performance against one of the best defenses in the NBA speaks to some of the strides Afflalo has made on offense this season.

Maurice Harkless
4-7 FG | 3-4 3P | 2 STL | 1 AST | 11 PTS | -6

After starting the first 13 games of the regular season, Harkless has been coming off the bench — with Oladipo essentially taking his place — and adjusting to his new role. In limited minutes against the Spurs, he played fairly well. He shot 3-for-4 from behind the 3-point line, which matched his career-high for 3-point field goals made in a game.

San Antonio Spurs

It’s no secret that Orlando is trying to build themselves in San Antonio’s image, which is a smart thing to do. But the Spurs reminded the Magic how far away they are from competing on a nightly basis, let alone winning on a nightly basis. Even without Tony Parker (ankle), San Antonio was methodical in their win — getting contributions from practically everyone on the roster.