Duncan leads Spurs over Raptors
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) – Tim Duncan scored 24 points and pulled down
16 rebounds, leading San Antonio to a 107-91 pounding of the Raptors.
Tony Parker had 27 points and nine assists for the Spurs, who have won six in
a row overall and have beaten Toronto five straight times. Robert Horry added
14 points, Manu Ginobili 13 and Michael Finley 10 for San Antonio, which is
unbeaten in eight games against Atlantic Division teams this season.
Rasho Nesterovic had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Raptors, who had a
two-game winning streak broken. Rookie Andrea Bargnani tallied 17 points and
Chris Bosh 14 for Toronto, which lost the services of guard Anthony Parker in
the second quarter due to a right ankle injury.
Parker was hurt when he landed on the foot of San Antonio’s Bruce Bowen with
4:55 remaining until halftime. Parker had to be helped to the locker room with
the Spurs ahead 49-30 at the time.
“We really jumped on them early on and I thought we did an excellent job
defensively,” Duncan said. “We didn’t let Chris get rolling; we pressured
their shooters so we ran them off the line. They hit some shots later in the
game that kind of got them back within striking distance, but all in all I
thought we just did an excellent job defensively.”
The Raptors were ahead 15-11 after Bosh’s jumper midway through the opening
quarter, but the Spurs scored the next nine points and didn’t trail the rest
of the way. Duncan’s jumper capped the burst and it was 27-22 after 12
Ginobili’s jumper made it 38-28 with 8:33 remaining until halftime. It was
part of 10 consecutive San Antonio points, and when the smoke cleared
following Duncan’s three-point play it was 43-28.
San Antonio led 62-38 at the half and 88-64 going into the fourth, as Horry
ended the third period scoring with a three-pointer. The Raptors never
threatened in the final 12 minutes.
“They are one of the best defensive teams in the league and so you have to
beat them as a team,” Nesterovic said. “They have three All-Stars and they
really know who to execute a game plan.”
San Antonio has won nine of the last 10 meetings. That includes six
consecutive home wins over Toronto…The Spurs shot 53.2 percent from the
field…Bosh also had nine boards and Jose Calderon ended with eight assists