Magic pull off huge upset in SA
Another great team effort by the Magic, with 5 players in double figures. Coach Hill used an 8 man rotation. DHoward led the way with 22 pts and 13 rebounds. JNelson had an outstanding game with 19 pts, 8 assists, and 7 rebounds. HTurkoglu added 15 pts, Darko with 14 pts, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks off the bench, and DStevenson added 10. Tim Duncan kept the Spurs in the game with 31 pts and 13 rebs. Michael Finley added 16 off the bench, and Tony Parker added 12, but with 7 TOs. Manu Ginobili was held out due to his injury. Brent Barry scored just 5 pts in his place.
Good team stats for the Magic. They outscored SA 78-71 from the field on 49.4% shooting. SA shot 45.2%. The Magic shot 14 of 19 from the FT line (73.7%), while SA was just 9 of 16 (56.2%). SA outrebounded the Magic 42-39. The Magic took great care of the ball with just 9 TOs, while SA had 16. The Spurs added 22 assists to 15 for the Magic. The Spurs bench outscored the Magic bench 27-20.
The Magic continue their incredible run (7 wins in a row, 11 of 12, and 15 of 19). They desperately need help from WAS and MIA Friday night to beat CHI and PHI. If that happens, the Magic will be only 2 games behind both teams. Even Coach Hill's harshest critics have to admit he's done a really nice job preparing his team for each game and getting them to believe in themselves.