Recap: Spurs 110, Magic 89

November 28, 2012

There were no dejected faces or signs of depression in Orlando’s locker room after the Magic’s 110-89 home loss to the San Antonio Spurs.

Instead, there were a bunch of hopeful individuals, who believe they have the next ingredient in the Magic’s long-term recipe for success.

Head coach Jacque Vaughn, along with the team’s veterans, believe players have to do a better job of living up to their defined roles and carrying the squad’s vision of coming out with premium effort as soon as the ball is tipped off.

“There has to be an extreme focus coming into the game,” Vaughn explained. “You can’t afford to simply walk into the game; you have to come prepared and just run into the game.”

While the results were mixed across Orlando’s roster on Wednesday night, one player perfectly fit into the team’s desire to have guys play to their strengths and fit a defined role.

With the Magic failing to register a first-half free throw attempt, Vaughn turned to Magic rookie DeQuan Jones in the second half to bring energy and aggressiveness.

“Coach Vaughn came to me while I was on the bench and he just told me ‘if I put you in will you attack, will you give us energy, will you rebound and everything else,’ and I told him, ‘yeah,’” Jones explained. “I just came in with the mindset of attack and get us in the bonus at least and put a lot of pressure on the rim.”

Jones delivered, taking two trips to the line, scoring seven points, grabbing six rebounds and coming away with one steal in just under 19 minutes of play.

“I called his number and he was ready to play,” Vaughn added. “He came in and he tried to go to the basket, play with some aggressiveness and a willingness to compete. It was good to see.”

"Those (San Antonio) guys have been together a long time, but the positive thing to come from this is not necessarily the score or the way the game was played but the willingness of our guys to understand what winning basketball looks like. It does not happen the next game or the next day, but the building blocks do. Those things are contagious and it could move us in a positive direction if we come together and make it happen." - Arron Afflalo said of learning from the Spurs.
This Statline of the Night goes to Orlando Magic point guard Jameer Nelson, who went 7-for-14 from the field on his way to 14 points. Mighty Mouse also tallied five rebounds, three assists and two steals.
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