San Antonio, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Tony Parker registered 26 points and
eight assists and San Antonio made 6-of-7 3-pointers in the fourth quarter as
the Spurs edged the Toronto Raptors, 112-99, from AT&T Center.
Manu Ginobili had 18 points off the bench in the triumph, San Antonio's third
in its last four games. Danny Green netted 12 of his 14 points in the final
period on 4-of-4 from the arc, while Kawhi Leonard added a pair of 3s as part
of his 13-point, 10-rebound effort. Tim Duncan grabbed a game-high 12 boards.
Kyle Lowry and Terrence Ross scored 23 points apiece for Toronto, which had
won four of five entering the contest. Lowry also dished out a game-high nine
assists, while DeMar DeRozan added 13 points and seven boards.
The Spurs led 78-72 heading into the decisive fourth quarter. Lowry's steal
and transition layup made it a five-point game 2:28 in, forcing a San Antonio
Parker, Duncan and Leonard all checked back in for the Spurs, and the 3-point
onslaught was on. Green sank a pair around a Parker pull-up jumper to push the
lead to 10.
Green made his third triple after four straight Raptors points, but Toronto
would not go down quietly. Lowry assisted on consecutive Ross buckets for a
100-95 Spurs edge, but Leonard brought the crowd to its feet with his corner
3. Ginobili followed with two free throws and Green hit from outside with 1:03
showing to put the game away.
Lowry scored 12 in the opening period to help Toronto to a 26-25 lead after a
quarter, but the Spurs assumed control early in the second. Ginobili's dunk
from Tiago Splitter on the opening possession of the frame put the Spurs in
front, and they never trailed after that.
San Antonio led 55-49 at intermission.
The Spurs won the rebounding margin 50-40 ... Prior to the fourth quarter, San
Antonio had shot 3-of-16 from the arc ... The Spurs outscored Toronto 52-36 in
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