Spurs rout Magic 107-79 heading into All-Star break
It was an ugly game, one in which the Orlando Magic never had much of a chance. The San Antonio Spurs are just bigger and more physical than the Magic. Plus, Orlando was shorthanded Wednesday night. All that combined resulted in a Spurs victory, 107-79.
The Magic just can’t seem to catch a break. They’re 21-37 overall and have had trouble stopping smaller, quicker teams all season. Recently, they traded Serge Ibaka to Toronto for Terrence Ross, who should have played his first game last night against the Spurs – but he was denied that chance. Apparently, the trade between Orlando and Toronto wasn’t finalized until 30 minutes after tipoff.
It’s impossible to say – and it doesn’t really matter, anyway – whether Orlando would have been better with the addition of Ross. They lagged behind from the tipoff, and the Spurs never gave them a chance to catch up.
For once, Kawhi Leonard wasn’t the team-leading scorer, but with 22 points, he was second only to LaMarcus Aldridge’s 23. The Spurs have been great on the road this season, and that didn’t fail them last night; the win was their 24th road victory, a league best.
This weekend is the All-Star Game. Kawhi Leonard will represent the Spurs, while Orlando isn’t sending anyone.
After a rest (for everyone except Leonard), the Spurs continue their rodeo road trip against the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday, Feb. 24. The Magic (with new addition Ross) host the Portland Trail Blazers next Thursday.