ORLANDO banked on a strong third quarter finish to pull away from a sloppy San Antonio team as the Magic added to the Spurs home struggles with a 95-83 win on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time) at the AT&T Center.
The Magic and Spurs engaged in a see-saw battle in the first half, with San Antonio leading by as much as six in the second quarter before Orlando fought back and took a slim two-point advantage, 45-43, at the break.
Leading 59-58 midway through the third, Orlando unleashed a 16-6 run to close the period with a 75-64 advantage. The Magic built its biggest lead at 15, 91-76, with 1:43 remaining to take the fight out of the Spurs, who saw their nine-game win run snapped.
Serge Ibaka led five Orlando players in double figures with 18 points. Evan Fournier added 13 and Nikola Vucevic chipped in 12 markers and 10 boards off the bench. The Magic broke out of a four-game slump and ended its 11-game losing streak to the Spurs.
Kawhi Leonard led all scorers with 21 points, and LaMarcus Aldridge added 16, but the Spurs had a season-high 19 turnovers and had their worst scoring performance of the season. San Antonio fell to 14-4, with all four losses at home after losing only once at AT&T Center last season.