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Hot-shooting Magic hand Spurs 125-89 loss in preseason opener

Guard Bryn Forbes was one of the few bright spots for the Silver and Black, leading the team with 24 points and nailing 5 of 6 three-pointers.

SAN ANTONIO — It's been said that watching exhibition games is a lot like watching sausage being made. It's messy and it's not a pretty sight.

In the end, you just hope the final product is good.

Spurs fans may have felt a little queasy after watching the Orlando Magic race to a 125-89 victory against the punchless Silver and Black in the exhibition opener for both teams Saturday night at the AT&T Center. 

The Magic were up 59-50 at the half and outscored the Silver and Black 41-17 in the third quarter to take a 100-67 lead into the final period.

Guard Bryn Forbes led the Spurs with 24 points in 23 minutes, hitting 9 of 13 shots, including 5 of 6 from beyond the arc. He sat out the fourth quarter.

"I put in a lot of work in the summer," said Forbes, who is preparing for his fourth season with the Silver and Black. "On my body, on my shot, and Pop's given me the freedom to shoot the ball when I feel that I'm open.My teammates did a good job of finding me and getting me open."

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has said on several occasions that he always thinks Forbes' shot is going in.

Point guard Dejounte Murray, who played in his first game since tearing his right ACL in a preseason game last year, started and scored 11 points in 15 minutes. He was the only other player besides Forbes to score in double figures. Murray also had four rebounds, four assists and two steals.

"It was huge," Murray said, referring to his first game back. "I was just telling my training staff thank you for everything. I know I got a long way to go and we got a long way to go as a unit. But I just told them thank you as we speak.

"I sat out a whole year had to rehab and get back strong and get back in basketball shape. So, it was great for me. I'm happy, but I know there is a lot of work to do."

Popovich talked about Murray's performance when he spoke to reporters after the game. 

"He's getting rust off, trying to find his way, trying to do a whole lot of things at once -- rebound, score, pass, play D, all kinds of stuff," Popovich said. "It was just good to see him out there."

Murray hit 3 of 6 shots, was 1 of 1 from the three-point line and made all four of his free-throw attempts.

"He's really improved is jump shot, for sure," Popovich said. "That's going to be pretty effective for him, I think. He's going to have to gain some confidence, but he's done a lot of work on it through the whole season that he was off. And it shows. He's done well."

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Spurs point guard Dejounte Murray has averaged 15.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and seven assists in the team's five victories this season.

The Magic kept the Spurs at bay with their hot shooting, hitting 51 of 97 attempts for 52.6 percent. They finished 13 of 36 (36.1 percent) from the three-point line.

San Antonio shot 39.3 percent (33-84) overall and 44.4 percent (8-18) from beyond the arc.

Popovich started Murray, Forbes, Lonnie Walker IV, LaMarcus Aldridge and Jakob Poeltl. 

San Antonio played without Marco Belinelli, DeMarre Carroll, DeMar DeRozan, Trey Lyles and Patty Mills, all of whom were given the night off by Popovich to rest. 

San Antonio continues its preseason schedule at Miami on Tuesday night, and opens the regular season against the New York Knicks on Oct. 23 at the AT&T Center.

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