This loss hurt.
If just one or two little things had gone differently, the
Van Gundy blames himself for not making key adjustments quickly enough.
"Our guys made a great, great, great effort and played extremely hard and played very well defensively," Van Gundy said. "And had I done a couple of things differently, we might have walked out with a win."
But, in the end, here’s what the game really came down to: The Magic lost the point-guard matchup and lost it badly. The Spurs’
"Our defense was great, and then Parker got going," Redick said. "That pretty much was the difference, I think, in the game. It was him."
Orlando’s point guards fared much worse. Starter
“On the defensive end, we allowed Tony Parker to get too deep, and he was able to score or kick it out for guys for 3s,” said
Van Gundy took the blame for Parker's success, saying he should have decided earlier to have players to be more aggressive on Parker's pick-and-rolls. Van Gundy had his players play "under" on those plays to take away potential drives to the hoop.
"I'm just kicking myself that, you know, you do a couple of things differently and maybe you walk out with a win, and our guys deserved to win with the effort they put in tonight," Van Gundy said. "So I'm not real happy with myself right now."
The defeat ended the Magic's five-game winning streak, and it also ended a grueling stretch in which the team played three games in three days.
Playing without injured starters
But the Spurs (10-5) were playing their 10th game in 15 days, and they also were without injured guard
“They were aggressive,” Spurs coach
Although Orlando trailed 73-69 with 1:02 remaining in the fourth, the Magic forced the game into overtime when Redick scored their final six points in regulation.
In overtime, Spurs reserve
Wafer made a driving layup as he was fouled on Orlando's next possession, but he missed the ensuing foul shot.
After Nelson drove toward the hoop, he kicked the ball out to
Howard rebounded the ball, and passed it to Redick. But Redick had to pump-fake to get his defender in the air, and that extra maneuvering forced Redick to shoot the ball a fraction of a second too late.
"It was a tough night, I think, for a lot of different reasons," Redick said. "I'm not a guy who enjoys [moral victories like] 'way to fight' [and] 'rah-rah.' "
He added: "We should've won that game. That's the bottom line. We should have won."