Grades: San Antonio Spurs 121, Orlando Magic 112 | Magic Basketball



Mar 09

Grades: San Antonio Spurs 121, Orlando Magic 112

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San Antonio Spurs 121 Final
Recap | Box Score
112 Orlando Magic

Arron Afflalo
7-18 FG | 2-3 3P | 3 REB | 4 AST | 17 PTS | -16

Afflalo wasn’t bad in his second game back from a sprained right ankle, but it’s never a great thing when a player has more shots (18 for Afflalo against the Spurs) than points (17). San Antonio did a good job of chasing Afflalo off the 3-point line. Had he managed a few more attempts from deep, perhaps this would have been a different game.

Nikola Vucevic
7-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 13 REB | 3 AST | 19 PTS | -13

Vucci Mane had his hands full against a healthy Spurs frontline, but he acquitted himself well against stiff opposition. He got his routine double-double, and neither Tim Duncan nor Tiago Splitter made a huge impact on offense, thanks in part to Vucevic’s post defense. The problems came when San Antonio ran pick-and-roll, with Vucevic caught out of position a few times en route to Tony Parker’s 30-point scoring burst.

Tobias Harris
11-16 FG | 2-3 3P | 2 BLK | 8 REB | 23 PTS | -4

The game against the Spurs was a mixed bag for Harris. Individually, he played exceptionally well. He was efficient from the field, grabbed eight boards, added a few big defensive plays and, most importantly, avoided foul trouble. His contributions resulted in his getting 32 minutes of playing time. But Harris was part of that lineup that surrendered the game to San Antonio, so he gets a slight demerit.

Maurice Harkless
4-14 FG | 3-4 FT | 10 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS | -10

Not a whole lot went right for Mo on Saturday night against the Spurs, but he gets some credit for being active on the offensive glass at least. His 4-for-14 shooting night looks worse than it was, in a sense — several of those field goal attempts came on tips and putbacks around the rim that happened to come up short.

San Antonio Spurs

It might be time for the rest of the NBA to start paying attention to the Spurs once again. San Antonio is healthy for the first time in a while, and when they have the full depth and breadth of their roster, this is a terrifying team. Parker headlined the Spurs’ offensive efforts with his 30 points. And Manu Ginobili was his usual wonderful, off-the-bench self, adding 24 points.