SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Spurs are still looking for that Magic at home after losing to Orlando 95-83 Tuesday night, ending their winning streak at nine. San Antonio is now even at home with at 4-4 record.
San Antonio couldn't get much going offensively from the start.
With 3:29 left in the first quarter, head coach Gregg Popovich pulled all five starters: LaMarcus Aldridge, Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green, Pau Gasol and Tony Parker.
Popovich insterted David Lee, Manu Ginobili, Patty Mills, Dewayne Dedmon and Jonathan Simmons.
The bench went on a 9-0 run and got the lead to four at the end of the quarter, but then started to look like the starters.
The team just had a hard time getting shots to fall, while the Magic were hitting their shots.
"They (Orlando) played very well. I thought their defense was really solid and I thought it put us on our heels most of the game," said Popovich.
"When you're on the road defense travels that is what we want our identity to be and our defense was great tonight," said Frank Vogel, Magic head coach.
Orlando's offense wasn't bad either. They went on 17-4 run in the second to get the lead to 7.
The Spurs made a run at the end of the quarter but the end of the first half epitomized the night for San Antonio.
Time was running out in the quarter, LaMarcus Aldridge hit a three from the corner with four seconds left to put the Spurs up one 43-42, but then Evan Fournier hit a three at the halftime buzzer to put the Magic back up two at the half, 45-43. Fournier finished the night with 13 points.
The second half just got worse for San Antonio. The Magic extended their lead to 11 in the third, outscoring the Spurs 30-21.
Orlando shot 54 percent in quarter while the Spurs only managed to shoot 32 percent.
The Magic put it away in the fourth quarter thanks to a solid night from Serge Ibaka, who finished the night with 18 points for the Magic. The Spurs were lacking in several areas, physically and mentally.
"We were not sharp enough, we were not smart enough and their physicality bothered us," Ginobil said.
They held the Spurs to only 19 assists to go along with 19 turnovers.
"We are going to have to do a much better job starting off the game, setting the tone early, not allowing these teams to get any kind of early." said Pau Gasol. " They come here they don't expect to win but once they see an opportunity they see the window they jump right through it."
The starters, as a whole struggled for San Antonio. They combined to go 16 of 44 for 36 percent.
Parker was 0-6. Leonard had 21 points and only 2 rebounds. Aldridge had the best night for the Spurs, going 7 for 12 and scoring 16 points.
It was the first loss of the year for the regular starters, they are now 7-1.
The Magic held the Spurs to just 83 points, their lowest point total of the season on just 37 percent shooting as a team.
"Yes we have to give them credit because they were great, but we were not as sharp as we should be against teams like that," Ginobili said.
The Spurs headed for the airport for a quick trip to Dallas for another matchup with the Mavericks on Wednesday night. San Antonio is 10-0 on the road.