NBA Game Summary - Toronto at San Antonio
(Friday, December 23rd)
Final Score: San Antonio 95, Toronto 90
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) - Tim Duncan poured in 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the San Antonio Spurs downed the Toronto Raptors, 95-90, at the SBC Center.
Rasho Nesterovic added 12 points and had eight boards for the Spurs, who have won four of their last six games. Tony Parker chipped in 13 points and Brent Barry added 11 points off the bench.
Jalen Rose netted 19 points for the Raptors, who saw a modest two-game win streak come to an end. Chris Bosh had 18 points and seven rebounds in defeat.
San Antonio has now won seven in a row at the SBC Center and is an impressive 12-1 at home this season.
With just under 10 minutes to play in the fourth quarter and the Raptors trailing 73-72, the Spurs reeled off a 10-1 spurt for a 83-73 lead with Nick Van Exel scoring four points during the stretch.
With 3:44 to go in the game, Duncan kicked the ball out to Bruce Bowen, who drained a long three-pointer giving San Antonio an 88-77 edge. Duncan finished the game with eight assists.
With 1:12 to play, Morris Peterson capped an 8-2 dash with a driving layup, getting Toronto to within five points at 90-85.
Then with 14.2 seconds left, Rose hit a wide-open three-pointer from the right corner to pull the Raptors to three.
That's as close as Toronto would get as Michael Finley hit two free throws late to seal the victory.
"Tonight was a good game for us because we were able to grind it out and find a way to get a win down the stretch," said Duncan. "I was able to get some shots to go, and when they doubled me, I was able to find my teammates."
Duncan and Parker each scored six points in the opening quarter staking the Spurs to a 21-16 lead. Duncan netted all of his points in the paint.
The Raptors outscored San Antonio 30-27 in the second period, but still trailed 49-46 at halftime.
"In the NBA there are no moral victories," said Toronto head coach Sam Mitchell. "If you looking for those you are going to end up looking on a street corner somewhere because there are none. The point of this league is to compete and we did that. There have been lots of games where we�ve been playing well enough to win. Now we just have to win them."
Duncan led the way with 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the floor at the break.
Both teams scored 20 points in the third quarter making the score 69-66 heading into the final quarter of action.
The Spurs have won six of seven and eight of the last 10 games in this series. Toronto has dropped five in a row and six of its last seven at San Antonio...San Antonio scored 50 points in the paint...The Spurs return to the court on Christmas Day to host the Detroit Pistons in a rematch of the 2005 NBA Finals.
12/24 01:30:28 ET