Coming from a blowout loss against the Miami Heat, the San Antonio Spurs finally get their first road win of the year by edging the Orlando Magic 85-83 in overtime.
With Orlando struggling with their shots all night, the Spurs had a big chance of getting the win in regulation. They led 73-69 with a little over 2 minutes left in the 4th quarter but two costly turnovers allowed the Magic to send the game into the extra period.
In OT, Tony Parker, Richard Jefferson and Tim Duncan quickly went to work on the offensive end.
Duncan’s basket gave the Spurs an 81-79 advantage with 47 seconds left, but Dwight Howard’s follow up dunk tied the game at 81 with 39 seconds remaining.
That was when Gary Neal did what he does best — hit a 3-pointer.
With 28.2 seconds left in overtime, Neal who missed all of his five previous attempts made a shot from beyond the arc that gave the Spurs an 84-81 lead.
But the Magic weren’t done.
On the ensuing play, Von Wafer had a chance to tie the game at the line off a foul from Danny Green.
Wafer missed the bonus free throw and Jefferson made 1-of-2 from the foul line on the next play that gave San Antonio an 85-83 lead.
On the final play, despite tough defense from Green, J.J. Redick made a 3-pointer, but it didn’t count as the shot clearly went after the final buzzer.
The Spurs may have won their first win on the road because of Neal’s big basket, but Green’s defensive effort on the last play probably saved the Spurs as well.
It delayed what could have been a winning 3-pointer by Redick.
Parker scored 25 points for San Antonio, including 16 in the fourth quarter and overtime, Duncan added 17 points and 10 rebounds as the Spurs also snapped a streak of 10 consecutive road losses overall, dating to last season.
The Magic were led by Howard with 24 points and 25 rebounds. Ryan Anderson added 17, but it wasn’t enough for Orlando to overcome a dismal shooting night.
San Antonio will head back home to play the Sacramento Kings on Friday night at the AT&T Center.