San Antonio Spurs Poor Shooting Leads to Loss Against Toronto Raptors

By Jay Desai

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After finding themselves victorious in their first two rodeo road trip outings, the San Antonio Spurs dropped their first game of their road trip on Sunday evening, losing 87-82 to the Toronto Raptors.

Poor shooting was the story for much of the night for San Antonio as the Spurs shot an abysmal 33.3% from the field. San Antonio also struggled from deep, connecting on only 7-of-28 attempts from three.

Feb 8, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; San Antonio Spurs forward

Tim Duncan

(21) goes up to make a basket as Toronto Raptors center

Jonas Valanciunas

(17) defends during the first half at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

While Toronto did not shoot lights out either, their 43.2% from the field was good enough to pick up the win. The Raptors were also better than the Spurs from the behind the arc, shooting 30.8% from deep compared to San Antonio’s 25%.

With all those misses came a lot of rebounds. Although the Spurs did end up losing, they won the rebounding battle 52-48. San Antonio also dominated on the offensive glass, picking up 20 offensive rebounds compared to Toronto’s six.

The Spurs also connected on a higher percentage of free throw attempts, making 81.2% of their tries compared to the Raptors 79.2%. Unfortunately for San Antonio however, Toronto finished the night plus six from the charity stripe.

Leading the way for the victorious Raptors was James Johnson. The Toronto forward had himself a night, scoring 20 points while picking up four rebounds.

DeMar DeRozan also had a good scoring night for the Raptors, finishing with 18 points. Although DeRozan did pick up 18 points, he struggled from the field, only hitting 4-of-14 shots. The majority of his points came at the free throw line where he was 10-of-12.

For the Spurs, it was all about Marco Belinelli‘s performance off the bench. The Italian guard basically kept San Antonio in the game with his 12 points off the bench, tied for highest scoring total for the Spurs on the night.

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Tim Duncan, despite poor 3-of-14 shooting, also ended the night with a decent line in the final box score. The future Hall-of-Famer finished with a 12 point, 12 rebound double-double.

With the loss, San Antonio fell to 32-18 on the season, their first loss of February. Toronto improved to 35-17 with the win.

The Spurs must have a short memory as they head to Indianapolis tonight to play the Indiana Pacers tomorrow night at 6 p.m. CT.

What do you think of San Antonio’s loss to Toronto? What do you think the underlying issue was in the loss? Let us know in the comments!

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