Spurs dominate second half to beat short-handed Magic

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Rudy Gay had 19 points, Dejounte Murray and Derrick White each included 17 and the San Antonio Spurs got rid of a slow start to beat the short-handed Orlando Magic 104-77 on Friday night.

The Spurs opened the AT&T Center to the general public for the very first time given that beating Dallas on March 10, 2020, the day prior to the league shutdown operations due to COVID-19. Seating was restricted to 3,200.

San Antonio held a challenger under 80 points for the very first time given that beating Golden State 89-75 on March 19, 2018.

Nikola Vucevic had 26 points and 9 rebounds for the Magic in their seventh straight loss. They had 7 gamers out with injury or health problem.

San Antonio lacked veterans DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge. DeRozan left the group to participate in funeral services for his dad, Frank, who passed away Feb. 19 after an extended health problem. San Antonio is trying to trade Aldridge after consenting to part methods with the veteran forward after his function was reduced.

Orlando opened with a 7-0 run and extended that benefit to 29-16 while shooting 5 for 10 on 3-pointers. Thinking about the Spurs have actually struggled protecting the 3-point line this season, San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich right away called a timeout two times after a 3 from Dwayne Bacon.

Bacon completed with 15 points, shooting 3 for 8 on 3-pointers. Orlando, which lacked Aaron Gordon, did not have any other gamer rating in double figures.

Vucevic, who has actually been pointed out in trade reports with a number of groups consisting of the Spurs, made his very first 4 baskets and scored 11 points in the opening quarter.

San Antonio closed the very first half on a 14-2 run and took its very first lead and extending it to 47-39 to close the 2nd quarter. The Spurs scored the very first 6 points of the 2nd half to extend that run.

Orlando was held to 10 points in the 2nd quarter, the 19th most affordable output in any quarter by a San Antonio challenger under Popovich.

TIP-INS

Magic: Gordon remained as he continues to rehab a left ankle injury that kept him out of 15 straight video games. … Orlando was likewise without Terrence Ross (aching left knee), Cole Anthony (fractured ideal rib), James Ennis III (aching left calf), Evan Fournier (stretched left groin), Markelle Fultz (torn left ACL), and Jonathan Isaac (left knee rehab). … Novice forward Chuma Okeke had 8 points in his very first profession start. Okeke formerly appeared in 21 of 37 video games, balancing 4.5 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.0 helps and 0.4 blocks in 22 minutes.

Spurs: Devin Vassell bet the very first time given that Feb. 14. The novice forward was among 5 gamers sidelined due to contracting or being available in contact with COVID-19. … Veteran guard Patty Mills dealt with the crowd prior to the video game. “We are so pumped to have you back,” Mills stated. “Please follow the protocols. Keep safe and stay healthy so we can have you back for more games, and hopefully one day we can pack this building.” … San Antonio is 16-2 when leading by 10 points at any time in the video game.

UP NEXT

Magic: Host Miami on Sunday.

Spurs: At Philadelphia on Sunday.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.