The San Antonio Spurs are currently in a funk as they try to avoid a fourth consecutive loss. They are coming fresh off of a 129-114 loss they took in the hands of the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday. With a 1-3 away record, the Spurs will try their hardest to grab a victory tonight as they battle the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center.
The Magic, on the other hand, just defeated the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday, 112-97. With a 4-3 home record, the Florida team will hope to win their fifth game in the Amway Center. This game tonight will mark the first of two meetings between these two ball clubs this season.
A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:
The Spurs and the Magic have played each other a grand total of 61 times in the past as the Texas team won 43 games while the Magic were held to just 18 victories.
San Antonio Spurs:
-DeMarre Carroll (coach’s decision; 3.0 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.8 APG, 40.0 FG%, 40.0 3P%)
-Chimezie Metu (coach’s decision; 3.3 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 0.5 APG, 54.5 FG%)
-Lonnie Walker (coach’s decision; 0.7 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 0.3 APG, 16.7 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Keldon Johnson (G-League)
-Drew Eubanks (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)
-Quinndary Weatherspoon (G-League)
-Luka Samanic (G-League)
-Khem Birch (coach’s decision; 1.0 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.3 APG, 20.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Melvin Frazier (coach’s decision; 2.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 20.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Amile Jefferson (coach’s decision; 3.0 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 1.0 APG, 100.0 FG%)
-Jonathan Isaac (ankle; 12.1 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 1.6 APG, 49.5 FG%, 35.9 3P%)
-Josh Magette (G-League; 4.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)
-B.J. Johnson (G-League)
The Spurs would have control of the game in the first half as they shot fifty-three percent from the field, keeping the home team to thirty-six percent. DeMar DeRozan got hot for 15 points, missing only three of his ten shots attempted. He also had one defensive rebound and two assists while Bryn Forbes helped out with 3 three-pointers. Washington-native Dejounte Murray had eight points while LaMarcus Aldridge was kept scoreless. Rudy Gay played 12 minutes off the bench as he scored seven points.
On the other end of the court, both Aaron Gordon and Evan Fournier earned nine points each, both hitting a three-pointer. Former New Orleans Pelicans’ forward Al-Farouq Aminu chalked up eight points, including a trey in the second period. Markelle Fultz had six points which he earned all from the free-throw line. D.J. Augustin played the most minutes off the bench but only had five points as the Spurs went into halftime with a 56-47 lead.
The Orlando team would come back and take over in the second half as they went on a 64-53 run, shooting forty-six percent from the field. During that run, Fournier added 17 more points to his scoring total while Nikola Vucevic earned seven points, finishing with ten points. Fultz had seven more points Terrence Ross threw up 18 points in the 16 minutes that he played off the bench.
As for the visitors, Aldridge made up for his lack of scoring in the first half as he chalked up 13 points which included two three-pointers. He also had three rebounds and two blocks while both Jakob Poeltl and Gay had seven points each off the bench. DeRozan scored six points while Murray had two points. Derrick White played the most minutes off the bench as he had a three-pointer but it was the Magic who came away with a 111-109 victory. Evan Fournier finished with 26 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal while DeMar DeRozan had 21 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists, and one steal.
The San Antonio Spurs will host Damian Lillard (30.5 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 6.9 APG, 48.2 FG%, 38.6 3P%) and the Portland Trai Blazers (4-8) on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. This will mark the second of three times that these teams will play each other this season. The last time they saw each other was on October 28 when the Spurs crept away with a 113-110 win. DeMar DeRozan finished the game with 27 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 steals while Damian Lillard had 28 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists, and 2 blocks.
The Orlando Magic will host Bradley Beal (28.1 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 6.4 APG, 43.4 FG%, 32.1 3P%) and the Washington Wizards (2-7) on Sunday at 6:00 p.m. This will mark the first of four matchups between these two teams this season.