With 46 seconds remaining and Orlando trailing by seven, Ayón energized the crowd a final time with a dunk. Soon after, he was pulled from the game and received another standing ovation.

Despite the joy surrounding his homecoming, Ayón wanted a different outcome.

"I don't like losing ever, not now, not when I was playing as a kid," he said. "This is my passion and we lost at the end because we didn't do things well."

Despite the loss, players said it was easy to work with Vaughn during his first game leading the team.

"Everything has been good so far," Magic point guard Jameer Nelson said. "He's communicating well with us, helping us out there on the floor."

As the players left the court for the last time, it seemed like every one of the 18,133 fans in attendance stuck around to relish the last few moments of hosting NBA players in Mexico City. The NBA has not announced whether it will play any other games in Mexico.

Vaughn gave NBA fans in Mexico hope.

"I want to come back," he said. "It was great being here. The welcome was unbelievable."

Mexico City won him over with more than just the faithful fan support.

"Man, I had some carne asada tacos," he said. "Unbelievable."