Gasol, Simmons lead Spurs over Magic, 95-89
The San Antonio Spurs defeated the Orlando Magic, 95-89, at the Amway Center Wednesday night to win their third straight preseason game.
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Tony Parker, Kawhi Leonard and David Lee did not play as Gregg Popovich rested all three in Orlando. With the preseason close to an end and the regular season nearly one week away, Spurs starters will surely see their playing time axed tremendously.
LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol did suit up for the Spurs and each played 20+ minutes and had themselves a decent outing.
They showed Spur fans what to expect from them when they are both on the floor together. Gasol is starting to look more and more comfortable with his new team.
Gasol led the Spurs with his best game in preseason scoring 14 points on 6-for-11 shooting from the field. For Aldridge, he went 5-for-11 for 12 points in 25 minutes, logging the second most on the team.
Though the new towers had productive games, it would be the play of one Jonathon Simmons that would pace the Spurs down the stretch. Simmons provided his best Leonard impression as he was all over the court and notched four steals in the win.
Though his defense was on point, he did manage to score nine points while grabbing five rebounds and assisting on three Spurs baskets.
Simmons brought the three traits that the Spurs hope to see more of this year-energy, erratic and explosiveness.
Team effort tonight in Orlando 👏🏾 pic.twitter.com/4TCTKhfpBp
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) October 13, 2016
Rookie Bryn Forbes had a great night off the bench scoring 12 points in nine minutes.
It would be too much Forbes and Simmons down the stretch that would help propel the Spurs to their third straight preseason win.
Forbes scored nine points in five minutes in the waning moments. Over his last two games, Forbes has played very well-how one should be playing to grab that last roster spot for San Antonio.
San Antonio’s win was a total team effort as they saw four players score in double-figures. Danny Green and Dejounte Murray struggled from the floor-shot a combined 0-6.
Spurs will host the Miami Heat at the AT&T Center on October 14.
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