7:00 PM ET, November 29, 2013
Amway Center, Orlando, FL
The San Antonio Spurs delivered one of their worst offensive performances of the season and that didn’t help the team from notching their longest win streak in three years. Now they’ll try to recover against the Orlando Magic who may be coming alive offensively.
The Spurs (13-2) have recorded 11-game winning streaks in three consecutive seasons and were trying to win 12 straight for the first time since November 2010 going into Wednesday’s visit versus the Oklahoma City Thunder.
However, San Antonio was held below 90 points for the second time and shot a season-worst 39.1 percent from the field in a 94-88 loss.
Coach Gregg Popovich was annoyed by his team going 7 of 27 from 3-point range. The Spurs settled for those shots instead of attacking the basket more.
This team, who had beaten their previous eight opponents by an average of 19.1 points, suffered their only other loss Nov. 2 versus the Portland Trail Blazers who are their closest pursuer for the Western Conference lead.
Orlando (6-9) does have a victory over one of the West’s top teams, beating the Los Angeles Clippers 98-90 on Nov. 6. However, the Magic disappointed YouWager oddsmakers by following that win by losing seven of eight, though they came back with victories on consecutive nights this week.
After posting their highest point total in three weeks with a 109-92 victory in Atlanta, the Magic defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 105-94 on Wednesday. Orlando shot better than 50 percent from the field in both games, posting back-to-back wins for the first time since winning three straight Nov. 1-6.
The Magic weren’t able to score 90 in two meetings last season, losing both by double digits, and have lost four straight in the series.
Tony Parker has averaged 23.5 points in his last six NBA games with Orlando. The 31 year-old led San Antonio with 16 points Wednesday but was 6 for 16 from the field, easily his worst shooting performance since going 7 for 20 versus the Trail Blazers.