SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Spurs overcame a slow fourth quarter to defeat the Orlando Magic (27-33) 114-113 at the AT&T Center on Saturday night.
The Spurs got the win despite being without LaMarcus Aldridge, who missed his second straight game with minor shoulder soreness. San Antonio snapped their two-game losing skid with the victory.
Orlando was led by Evan Fournier’s 23 points, including going 5-for-10 from three-point range. Terrence Ross added 21 but Aaron Gordon struggled, scoring just seven points and pulling down six rebounds.
Three Standout Players
With LaMarcus Aldridge out another game, the Spurs needed someone else to step up in his absence. Well, insert Trey Lyles. Yes, Trey Lyles.
The big man had his best game in silver and black, scoring 20 points, pulling down nine rebounds, and getting four steals. He shot 50 percent from three and 61 percent overall from the floor. He was active on both ends and was smart with the basketball. Exactly what San Antonio needed with one of its main stars sitting out for the second straight night.
This season, Rudy Gay has struggled to find his footing. Coming into the game, he is averaging a career-low 9.4 points. However, he appeared to turn back the clock on Saturday and remind everyone why was picked to come to the Spurs.
Gay finished with 19 points as he went 4 for 6 on 3-pointers and 7 for 12 overall. He was aggressive in looking for his shot and attacked the rim. He went inside, outside, and hit his midrange shot. Overall, much better performance for him than most of the season.
This season has been a good one for Derrick White’s development. He put that on display once again against the Magic and it helped San Antonio get a much-needed win.
White had 11 points, five rebounds, and three assists as he showed off his improved skillset. He made smart decisions, showed his high basketball IQ, and was aggressive on both ends of the floor.
The Spurs are now 25-33 on the season and will return to the court on Monday night when they welcome the Indiana Pacers (36-24) to the AT&T Center at 7:30 p.m.