Final Score: Spurs bomb Jurassic Park, improve to 22-6

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As usual, it was that bench three-point gunner who made the difference.

The Spurs beat the Toronto Raptors 112-99, led by Tony Parker's 26 points on 10-of-19 shooting and eights assists and 18 off the bench from Manu Ginobili. They also got 14 from Danny Green, who Gregg Popovich didn't start and 13 from Kawhi Leonard. The two young wings combined to hit all six of their three-pointers in the fourth quarter and the Spurs as a team were 6-of-7 from downtown in the final period.

Kyle Lowry and Terrence Ross each had 23 for the Raptors, who were coming off impressive road wins at Dallas and Oklahoma City and who stuck around with the Spurs until almost the very end, down 100-95 with 2:18 to go before the Spurs finished them off with an 8-0 run, with threes by Leonard and Green sandwiching a pair of Ginobili free throws. Manu made nine of his freebies in the game and it was the most attempts he's had from the charity stripe since last February 24th, against the Suns, when he went 10-of-15 from the line against Phoenix. The Spurs as a team had 27 free throw attempts, and it was nice to see that area trend upward in back-to-back games.

The Spurs' next game will again be at the AT&T Center, against the Houston Rockets, the fourth of five NBA games on Christmas. The Rockets (18-11) lost at home to Dallas without James Harden and it's unknown if he'll be available for that one. Houston already beat the Spurs on the road once, 112-106 on Nov. 30, behind Harden's 31.

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