ORLANDO, Fla. -- In the final minutes of the Orlando Magic’s first home preseason match on Sunday, a comeback seemed inevitable.
After trailing by double digits to the San Antonio Spurs for most of the game, back-to-back 3-pointers from Terrence Ross and Mo Bamba injected life back into the crowd at Amway Center.
The crowd fully sprang to action one minute later when Bamba blocked a shot to set up Ross for another 3-pointer, slimming the lead to four points.
Cole Anthony bounded down the court with barely two minutes left to play, hammering one of his signature dunks through the rim. Wendell Carter Jr. followed suit seconds later, hanging off the rim with a roar as he cut the lead to a single point.
But all of that hope died with a dismal squeak in the final seconds in the hands of rookie guard Jalen Suggs.
Down one point with 22 seconds to work, the Magic lined up ready to clinch their first win of the preseason. But Suggs stumbled to the court as he cut up the lane to make the game-winning play, fumbling the ball into opposing hands as the final buzzer rang out.
The Magic finished one point away from a win for the second time in the preseason, dropping a 101-100 loss to the Spurs.
“I loved our resilience,” coach Jamahl Mosley said. “There’s a point where we were down 18 and we battled back. We didn’t give in to being down and the fact that shots weren’t falling. We turned our defense up, got after them a little bit more and turned the pressure up a bit more.”
Shooting woes improved for the Orlando Magic but not enough to fend off their third straight preseason loss.
Terrence Ross led the Magic with 20 points.