Not much of a contest as Spurs rout Raptors, 110-82
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Maybe the Toronto Raptors were just tired. After all, this was their sixth straight road game in two weeks. Whatever the reason, they fell against the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday – and fell hard. Final score: 110-82.
It was the Raptors’ lowest score of the season, and 29 points below their season average. No one can say this was expected; after all, both teams are fairly evenly matched – second in their respective conferences. San Antonio has a few more wins, but not many. It should’ve been a much closer game than it was.
Simply put, the Spurs just dominated. Kawhi Leonard finished with 25 points, LaMarcus Aldridge with 23, and Tony Parker with 15 points and eight assists. Beginning with Parker’s opening basket, the Spurs quickly claimed a 26-10 lead – and the Raptors never recovered.
Even Toronto coach Dwane Casey couldn’t help but praise the Spurs, calling Tuesday’s game “a championship performance by a championship team.” It certainly was. San Antonio showcased its ball movement with 32 assists and limited the NBA’s top-ranked offense.
“Well, we all get tough spots in our schedule, and it showed a little bit,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said of the Raptors. “That’s a hell of a basketball team. I’m sure they had more energy at the beginning of the road trip than they do now. They’ll come back. We did take advantage of that, but I felt we played very well. We played with a lot of desire and a lot of fiber tonight.”
The Spurs go on the road against the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night. The Raptors, thankfully, are done with their road trip; they host the Utah Jazz on Thursday night.