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For 48 minutes, the Magic's offense looked like the Spurs. That is exactly how Orlando wants things to go in the long term.
The ball moved quickly between players and in and out. The Magic looked to attack the gaps and share the ball where they could. They were relentless going after the offensive glass and scoring putbacks. There were high percentage shots and lots of buckets falling.
Unfortunately, Orlando's defense was not quite at the San Antonio level. Neither was the Spurs, but the Spurs knew how to execute and make the plays needed to win games.
There were the steals and tips necessary to create the stops to secure a comfortable margin. There were the little bumps and bruises, shoulder fakes and head throws to create extra points from fouls or to create the space to get a better shot. The Spurs were simply better.
They took the lead in the third quarter and held off the Magic for a 121-112 win at AT&T Center on Saturday. Orlando could not get the stops they needed to get over the hump as San Antonio answered every run and had as efficient an offense as Orlando.
Tony Parker was the catalyst as usual, scoring 30 points on 11-for-19 shooting. He had just five assists, but was creating for himself and getting into the paint seemingly at will. He wedged himself into the paint and got to the foul line with his crafty moves. Manu Ginobili did much of the same on his way to 24 points.
The Spurs put six players in double figures and shot 53.1 percent from the floor, including 9 for 20 from beyond the arc. It was a typical Spurs performance.no comments