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               === Spurs use balanced attack to stomp Raptors ===
 
 San  Antonio, TX (Sports Network) - Tim Duncan scored a game-high 15 points to
 go  along with  six rebounds as the  San Antonio Spurs cooled down the Toronto
 Raptors with a 100-80 decision at AT&T Center.
 
 Manu  Ginobili  followed with 14 points,  while Tony Parker added 13 and seven
 assists for San Antonio, which won its third straight game.
 
 Alan  Anderson and Amir Johnson each netted 12 points to pace the Raptors, who
 had their season-high five-game win streak snapped.
 
 Terrence  Ross and  John Lucas III scored  11 points apiece off the bench in a
 losing effort.
 
 "That  is  probably the best  team in the NBA  right now. They're playing well
 together,"  Raptors  coach Dwane Casey said  about the Spurs. "The few days of
 good practice they had and we took days off showed."
 
 San  Antonio connected on four of its first six shots from the floor while the
 Raptors went just 1-for-6 from the field to give the Spurs an early 9-3 lead.
 
 Toronto  netted the next  five points to close its gap to one, but the Raptors
 would get no closer until Johnson later capped a 6-0 push with a layup to knot
 the game at 16-16 with a little over two minutes left in the first quarter.
 
 The  Spurs,  however, scored  six of the  final eight points  of the frame and
 carried a 22-18 lead into the second quarter.
 
 Toronto  followed Stephen  Jackson's opening basket of the second with an 11-3
 spurt to take its first lead of the game at 29-27.
 
 The  lead would  exchange hands  three times  from there  as the  teams traded
 blows,  with the last coming on a pair of Danny Green free throws as part of a
 14-4  run by  the Spurs over the  final three-plus minutes of the half to give
 them a 44-37 advantage at the break.
 
 After  Duncan drained a  jumper to start the scoring in the third quarter, the
 Raptors battled back with an 11-5 push to get within 51-48.
 
 San Antonio responded with six straight points to regain a nine-point edge and
 following  a  brief 5-0 spurt by  Toronto that brought the Raptors back within
 57-53,  the  Spurs closed out the  third with a 13-4  run to take a 70-57 lead
 into the fourth quarter.
 
 Toronto  never threatened  in  the  final stanza,  trailing  by double  digits
 throughout the entire fourth quarter.
 
 "I  thought our  defense was very good  in the second half," Spurs coach Gregg
 Popovich  said. "They did  a much better job in the pick-and-roll and our pace
 was  better  offensively. We  got back into  our usual flow  and it worked out
 well."
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Spurs  guard  Gary Neal sat  out the  game with a  strained right calf ... The
 Raptors  have  not won six in  a row since  March 22-April 4, 2009 ... Toronto
 allowed  an opponent  to surpass 100 points  for the first time in eight games
 and  fell to  0-14 this  season when  allowing an  opponent to  do so  ... San
 Antonio  leads the  all-time series between the teams, 23-9 ... The Spurs have
 now won seven straight at home and improved to 11-2 at AT&T Center this season
 ... The Raptors fell to 2-15 on the road.
 
 12/27 03:08:45 ET

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