It was just the third time this preseason that the Magic (2-5) have given up at least 100 points. But the 121 points were 13 more than given up at any point in the exhibition season.
``(San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich) was great in giving us a behind-whooping, a posterior-whooping and it gives ol’ coach something to harp on this week,’’ Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. ``It helps us realize that we still have some work to do.’’
Part of the reason for the defensive struggles was Orlando being without likely starters Jameer Nelson, Tobias Harris and Nikola Vucevic. Nelson stayed back in Orlando to rest, while Harris was rehabilitating a tender ankle. Vucevic has missed the past two games with soreness in his right hamstring, but he said before the game that the injury is not serious.
Vaughn said his young Magic, which features of core of players ranging in age from 20 to 23 years old, got a good lesson Tuesday night from the veteran-laden Spurs.
``This game humbles you really quickly,’’ Vaughn said. ``We were coming off a win and we’ve got to be able to let that win go and move onto the next one. There were some good things we can take from it and when our defense was set, we were not bad.’’
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