The San Antonio Spurs surprisingly sit atop the Southwest Conference at 6 – 3 early in the season. The team played a back-to-back on Saturday and Sunday on its home court winning against the New Orleans Pelicans 109 – 95, then losing Sunday against the young Orlando Magic 117 – 110.
DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge continues their one-two punch as they combined for 48 points against the Pelicans in a game that featured the return of Anthony Davis to its lineup.
Dante Cunningham was a surprise offensive threat scoring 15 points on 5 of 8 field goals. Davis was held to 17 points in a losing cause. The second of the back-to-back saw the Magic take advantage of the Spurs having to play the night before as they outshot the Spurs in the 1st half on its way to a 63 – 54 halftime lead with sharp hooting from Aaron Gordon (26 points) and Evan Fournier. The lack of defense was evident as the Magic continuously had wide open perimeter shots and were able to drive through a porous inside defense.
The Spurs fell behind by double digits through three quarters. Fueled by their bench, the Spur appeared to regain their legs in the fourth quarter as they began to get stops and scoring on the other end to bring the lead under single digits. During a 17 – 2 spurt led by Davis Bertans, Patty Mills, Bryn Forbes, Marco Belinelli,and Pau Gasol, the team was able to get back in the game but couldn’t erase the Magic’s lead. Spurs bench contributed 50 points in the loss. DeRozan led the team in scoring with 25 points. Rudy Gay did not play.
Wed. 11/7 at Miami 6:30 pm
Sat. 11/10 vs Houston 7:30 pm
Mon. 11/12 at Sacramento 9:00 pm
Wed. 11/14 at Phoenix 8:00 pm