San Antonio Spurs Hold Off Toronto Raptors for Sixth Straight Win

By Jay Desai

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The San Antonio Spurs continued to roll along on Tuesday night, defeating the Toronto Raptors at home 117-107 for their sixth straight win.

San Antonio started out the night strong, racing out to an 11-point lead after one, a 20-point lead at the half. Unfortunately for the Spurs, however, Toronto made a run of their own in the second half.

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(22) battle for a rebound during the first half at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

The Raptors were able to outscore San Antonio 30-24 in the third quarter and cut the lead down to six with four minutes left to play. The exerted energy to cut the lead down to six appeared to be all that Toronto had though as the Spurs hit the Raptors with a 7-0 run shortly after that sealed the game.

Three-point shooting was a big key for San Antonio in the win as the team converted 11-of-18 attempts from deep compared to Toronto’s poor 8-of-26 effort.

The Spurs also did a great job of getting to the line, making 24-of-30 tries. The Raptors finished the game 13-of-18 from the charity stripe.

Both teams rebounded the ball well with Toronto barely edging out San Antonio 46-45 in rebounding. Ball control was also great with the Spurs just committing 11 turnovers, only nine giveaways for the Raptors.

Shooting from the field was a close battle as well with San Antonio ahead 48.2% to 44.3% due to their blistering percentage from long-range.

Kawhi Leonard was once again the focal point of the offense with the youngest member of the “big-four” coming away with 24 points, 11 rebounds, and an incredible five steals. Tony Parker also continued his strong play, barely missing a double-double with 23 points and nine assists.

Kyle Lowry headed the comeback effort for the Raptors, contributing a game-high 32 points. DeMar DeRozan filled up the scoring sheet as well, 21 points on the night.

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With the win, the Spurs improved to 40-23 on the season, their sixth straight win. Toronto continued their downhill slide, losing their ninth game in their last 10 to fall to 38-26 on the season.

Also notable was Tim Duncan leaving the game with 56 seconds after injuring his left elbow. The injury is not believed to be serious according to Dan McCarney of MySanAntonio.

San Antonio continues their six-game home-stand on Thursday against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The game is scheduled to start at 8:30 p.m. CT.

What do you think of the Spurs win over the Raptors? How long can this win streak go? Let us know in the comments!

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