Spurs snap Raptors' 5-game winning streak
Toronto Raptors guard Terrence Ross (31) attempts a layup in front of San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, of Argentina, during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Bahram Mark Sobhani)
The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, December 26, 2012 11:25PM EST
SAN ANTONIO -- Tim Duncan scored 15 points and the San Antonio Spurs rolled to a 100-80 victory over Toronto on Wednesday night, snapping the Raptors' five-game winning streak.
Manu Ginobili added 14 points, Tony Parker 13, and Tiago Splitter and Stephen Jackson each had 10 for San Antonio (22-8), which has won three straight. Kawhi Leonard had nine points and 10 rebounds.
Alan Anderson and Amir Johnson each had 12 points for Toronto (9-20).
Duncan had six rebounds and was 6 for 11 from the field in only 20 minutes as the Spurs' balanced attack wore down the Raptors.
None of Toronto's starters scored in double figures as San Antonio's starters outscored their counterparts 54-25.
The Spurs closed the third on a 13-4 run to wrest control of the game after Johnson's 17-foot jumper pulled the Raptors within 57-54 with 4:24 left in the period.
San Antonio outworked Toronto during the run, including two offensive rebounds on the same play that led to a double-digit lead.
Parker missed a floater and Leonard followed his own 3-point miss with a one-handed dunk to give San Antonio a 63-53 lead with 2:38 left in the third quarter.
The Spurs had 34 points in the paint compared to 18 for Toronto.
The Raptors kept the game close early despite some poor shooting.
San Antonio shot 58 per cent in the first quarter compared to 38 per cent for Toronto, but the Raptors trailed only 20-18 by taking nine more field goal attempts.
Terrence Ross' 19-foot jumper gave Toronto its first lead of the game at 29-27 with 7 minutes left in the first half.
Notes: Raptors F Andrea Bargnani (elbow), G Kyle Lowry (triceps) and C Jonas Valanciunas (finger) all missed the game with injuries. . Every Spur has missed at least two games this season with the exception of Splitter and Boris Diaw, who have played in every game, and Duncan, who has missed one. . Toronto traded Matt Bonner to San Antonio for Rasho Nesterovic in a trade that has clearly ended in the Spurs' favour. Nesterovic averaged 6.3 points and 4.1 rebounds in 193 games over three seasons with the Raptors. Bonner is in his seventh season with the Spurs, averaging 6.4 points and 3.4 rebounds during his time with the team. He also is 522 for 1,253 on 3-pointers with San Antonio. . Members of the Texas and Oregon State football teams were in attendance. The teams will play Saturday in the Valero Alamo Bowl at the Alamodome, the former home of the Spurs.