Aldridge scores 28 as Spurs beat Magic 107-92
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- LaMarcus Aldridge scored a season-high 28 points and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Orlando Magic 107-92 Monday night to remain undefeated at home.
Aldridge shot 9 for 13 from the field in leading San Antonio to its 26th straight home victory to open the season. Patty Mills matched a season-high with 22 points, going 3 for 4 on 3-pointers.
San Antonio found its defensive footing late in the third quarter, using a steal by Mills and blocks by Kawhi Leonard to separate from Orlando. The Spurs outscored the Magic 24-8 to overcome a 70-69 deficit with 1 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter.
Nikola Vucevic led Orlando with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Victor Oladipo added 19 points and Aaron Gordon had 12 points and 16 rebounds
The season-high scoring by Mills and Aldridge were appropriate on an evening when the Spurs honored Hall of Famer George "The Iceman" Gervin.
San Antonio opened the game on a 12-0 run fueled by 3-pointers from Leonard and Danny Green and two turnovers by Orlando.
Aldridge made his first four shots in scoring 14 points in the opening quarter as the Spurs' inside-out game worked to near perfection.
The Spurs matched a season-high with 35 points in the opening quarter, but perhaps it was more fitting that they gave the points right back on the night they celebrated the notoriously defensive-shy Gervin.
Orlando went on an 11-0 run bookended by 3-pointers by Channing Fry and Elfrid Payton.
Magic: Vucevic has 151 career double doubles, including a team-high 22 doubles this season. ... Orlando has had nine different players lead them in scoring in a game. ... The Magic did not win their 21st game last season until March 8. ... Orlando has had five or more players score in double figures in the same game on 29 occasions.
Spurs: San Antonio won its 35th straight home game, moving into sole possession of sixth place in league history. The Philadelphia 76ers are fifth overall, having won 36 straight from January 1966 to January 1967. ... The Spurs matched their best start in franchise history after 48 games, equaling the mark set in 2011. ... San Antonio is 18-4 against the Eastern Conference this season, including 5-1 against the Magic's Southwest Division. The Spurs' lone loss in the division came Nov. 4 at Washington.
Magic: At Oklahoma City on Wednesday night.
Spurs: Host New Orleans on Wednesday night.