Tuesday, April 24, 2018
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Magic fails to finish upset over Spurs

ORLANDO — Kawhi Leonard scored 29 and sank a jumper from the top of the key with 0.9 left to lift the Spurs to a 98-96 win over the Magic on Wednesday night.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 21 points and Patty Mills added 17 points and seven assists for San Antonio, which won its fourth straight game.

Evan Fournier, whose 3-pointer tied the score with 13.3 seconds left, led Orlando with 28 points. Nikola Vucevic had 20 points and 13 rebounds, Victor Oladipo scored 14 and Elfrid Payton had 13 points and seven assists.

Payton missed an open layup at the buzzer that could have tied it after taking a nearly full-court inbounds pass.

The Spurs rallied from a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit to take the lead 94-93 on Aldridge's fadeaway jumper with 1:10 left in the game. Leonard added two free throws to pad the lead to 96-93 going into the final minute.

San Antonio blocked two shots and forced two turnovers in the final minute, but Fournier made a 3-pointer with 13.3 seconds to tie it at 96.

After a Spurs timeout, Leonard dribbled the clock down to the final second, rose up over defender Aaron Gordon and buried the winner.

The Magic led 81-67 early in the final quarter when it went into one of its familiar fourth-quarter fades. Orlando started giving up second-shot chances and open 3-pointers and the Spurs accepted both, scoring nine on each.

Green, Mills and Leonard had seven each of the Spurs' first 21 points of the quarter as San Antonio methodically clawed its way back. Mills made a driving layup to cut the deficit to 91-88 with 4:30 left in the game.

The Magic was down 60-57 in the middle of the third when Fournier ignited a 22-7 run to finish the quarter. The Magic's best perimeter scorer started the run with a 3-pointer, followed with a three-point play then made a pull-up jumper and two free throws.

San Antonio lost its rhythm on offense, hitting just 7 of 26 shots (27 percent) in the quarter. Three of the makes were 3-pointers, which meant the Spurs faced only a 79-67 deficit going into the final quarter.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Kemba Walker scored 25 and Jeremy Lamb had 16 as the suddenly surging Hornets rolled to a 117-95 victory over the host Pacers. Six players scored in double figures for Charlotte, which won its third straight and first at Indiana since November 2008. Paul George led the Pacers with 22 points, eight rebounds and six assists. … DeMarcus Cousins had 28 points and 12 rebounds and Darren Collison scored 21 of his 25 after halftime to lead the visiting Kings to a 114-110 comeback victory over the 76ers. Rajon Rondo added 14 points, eight rebounds and 15 assists for Sacramento, which snapped a four-game losing streak overall and six-game road skid while winning for just the second time in its past 10. Rookie Jahlil Okafor tied his career high with 26 points to go with 10 rebounds for Philadelphia, which played without top big man Nerlens Noel. … Mike Conley scored 20 points, Jeff Green had 12 of his 18 points in the third quarter, and the visiting Grizzlies beat the Nets 109-90 in their first game since losing Marc Gasol to a broken right foot.

KARL UPBEAT: Kings coach George Karl said he has a positive outlook after meeting with team general manager Vlade Divac amid a losing streak and speculation about his job. "I've always felt good about Vlade. I don't think Vlade and I have a disconnect other than we want to win more games than we're winning right now," Karl said. "And that's fine with me. Everyone should want to win more games." Sacramento was 21-31 and had lost eight of 10 going into Wednesday night's game against the 76ers. .

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Cavaliers forward Kevin Love re-injured his surgically repaired left shoulder during the first half and was not expected to return to the game. … Pistons guard Reggie Jackson and forward Ersan Ilyasova sat out because of illness, leaving the team without three starters. Guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is recovering from a core muscle strain. … Bulls point guard Derrick Rose was in lineup after missing a game because of soreness. … Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard was added to the U.S. national team pool, giving the Americans 31 players for 12 spots.

Spurs 98, Magic 96

SAN ANTONIO (98): Leonard 12-19 2-2 29, Aldridge 8-16 5-5 21, Duncan 2-9 1-1 5, McCallum 1-4 2-2 4, Green 4-11 2-2 12, Mills 7-11 0-1 17, Diaw 2-7 0-0 4, Simmons 0-4 0-0 0, Anderson 0-4 2-2 2, West 2-4 0-0 4, Butler 0-0 0-0 0, Marjanovic 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 38-89 14-15 98.

ORLANDO (96): Fournier 10-20 5-5 28, Gordon 1-6 2-3 4, Vucevic 9-22 2-2 20, Payton 5-11 3-4 13, Oladipo 6-14 0-0 14, Hezonja 4-6 2-2 12, Dedmon 1-5 0-0 2, Napier 0-2 0-0 0, Nicholson 1-5 0-0 3. Totals 37-91 14-16 96.

San Antonio 29 21 17 31— 98

Orlando 23 28 28 17— 96

3-Point GoalsSan Antonio 8-20 (Leonard 3-3, Mills 3-5, Green 2-8, Anderson 0-1, Simmons 0-1, McCallum 0-1, Diaw 0-1), Orlando 8-20 (Fournier 3-5, Oladipo 2-4, Hezonja 2-4, Nicholson 1-2, Napier 0-1, Payton 0-1, Gordon 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsSan Antonio 50 (Duncan, Aldridge, Leonard 7), Orlando 58 (Gordon 14). AssistsSan Antonio 24 (Mills 7), Orlando 26 (Payton 7). Total FoulsSan Antonio 14, Orlando 18. A17,467 (18,500).

Hornets 117, Pacers 95

CHARLOTTE (117): Kidd-Gilchrist 3-4 2-2 8, Williams 3-7 0-0 8, Zeller 4-7 3-3 11, Walker 10-21 5-7 25, Batum 4-12 0-0 11, Kaminsky 4-11 0-0 10, Lin 5-9 2-2 14, Hawes 1-4 3-4 6, Lamb 7-8 0-0 16, Daniels 1-1 0-0 2, Hairston 0-0 0-0 0, Roberts 2-2 0-1 4, Hansbrough 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 45-87 15-19 117.

INDIANA (95): George 8-18 4-4 22, Turner 4-11 2-2 10, Mahinmi 4-8 0-0 8, G.Hill 5-12 1-2 12, Ellis 5-9 0-0 10, J.Hill 2-3 1-1 5, Allen 3-3 1-2 7, Young 0-3 1-2 1, Miles 3-11 1-2 7, Robinson III 2-7 0-0 5, S.Hill 2-4 0-0 4, Budinger 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 40-92 11-15 95.

Charlotte 25 35 29 28— 117

Indiana 25 18 27 25— 95

3-Point GoalsCharlotte 12-28 (Batum 3-7, Lin 2-2, Lamb 2-3, Williams 2-4, Kaminsky 2-7, Hawes 1-2, Walker 0-3), Indiana 4-18 (George 2-5, Robinson III 1-2, G.Hill 1-5, Young 0-1, Ellis 0-2, Miles 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsCharlotte 56 (Zeller 11), Indiana 46 (George, Mahinmi 8). AssistsCharlotte 24 (Batum 5), Indiana 19 (George 6). Total FoulsCharlotte 13, Indiana 14. A15,653 (18,165).

Kings 114, 76ers 110

SACRAMENTO (114): Gay 9-20 2-2 22, Cousins 8-18 12-17 28, Cauley-Stein 1-3 1-2 3, Rondo 7-13 0-0 14, Belinelli 3-9 0-0 6, Casspi 1-3 0-0 2, Collison 9-12 5-6 25, Koufos 4-5 0-0 8, Anderson 0-1 0-0 0, Acy 2-3 2-2 6. Totals 44-87 22-29 114.

PHILADELPHIA (110): Covington 9-16 4-6 29, Grant 2-8 2-2 7, Okafor 11-18 4-5 26, Smith 2-6 1-2 5, Stauskas 6-10 0-0 16, Holmes 4-7 0-2 8, Thompson 3-11 0-0 7, McConnell 2-5 0-0 4, Canaan 2-7 0-0 6, Landry 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 42-91 11-17 110.

Sacramento 24 24 27 39— 114

Philadelphia 30 33 24 23— 110

3-Point GoalsSacramento 4-16 (Collison 2-2, Gay 2-6, Anderson 0-1, Acy 0-1, Cousins 0-2, Belinelli 0-4), Philadelphia 15-34 (Covington 7-11, Stauskas 4-5, Canaan 2-5, Grant 1-3, Thompson 1-7, McConnell 0-1, Holmes 0-1, Smith 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsSacramento 53 (Cousins 12), Philadelphia 52 (Okafor 10). AssistsSacramento 29 (Rondo 15), Philadelphia 29 (Smith 10). Total FoulsSacramento 16, Philadelphia 21. Flagrant Fouls—Holmes. A12,501 (20,318).

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