NBA: Spurs hit franchise-record 22 triples to pound Magic
Jeremy Sochan racked up 29 points and 11 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs hit a franchise-record 22 3-pointers while walloping the visiting Orlando Magic 132-114 on Tuesday.
Zach Collins added 25 points for San Antonio, with Doug McDermott and Devonte’ Graham hitting for 15 each, Keita Bates-Diop scoring 14 and Devin Vassell 10. The Spurs played without injured starters Keldon Johnson and Tre Jones.
Paolo Banchero led Orlando with 27 points while Wendell Carter Jr. added 16 points and 10 rebounds. Cole Anthony scored 14 points, Markelle Fultz 13, Jalen Suggs and Moritz Wagner 12 apiece and Franz Wagner 11.
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The Spurs led by six at halftime and expanded their advantage to 98-89 heading into the fourth period after shooting 54.5 percent from the floor and 58.6 percent on 3-pointers through the first three quarters.
Orlando got within six points with 6:28 to play before San Antonio scored the next seven points to clinch the win, its second in its past three games.
San Antonio used a 9-0 run to shrug off an early 8-2 deficit, taking an 11-8 lead after Sochan’s dunk at the 7:48 mark of the first period. The Spurs pushed their advantage to 10 points in the period before assuming a 38-29 lead after 12 minutes of play.
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After trailing by 13 points in the second quarter, Orlando used Moritz Wagner’s 3-pointer and Suggs’ driving layup to cut the margin to 64-61 with 59 seconds left in the period. The Spurs added Collins’ 3-pointer to take a 67-61 advantage at the break.
Banchero led all scorers with 19 points in the half on 8-of-11 shooting. Anthony added 10 points for the Magic. Collins paced the Spurs with 18 points before halftime and Sochan racked up 13 for San Antonio.
Both teams were dynamite from the floor, with the Spurs shooting 54.5 percent and Orlando canning 52.1 percent of its shots over the first 24 minutes. The difference was on shots from beyond the arc, with San Antonio going 10 of 18 and the Magic making just 6 of 15.