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San Antonio at Toronto, Final Score: Spurs fall to Raptors, 97-94

The Spurs couldn't best the hot Raptors tonight, and fall to 18-5.

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The Spurs began the game with two turnovers and gave up two easy buckets to the Raptors. Toronto continued to get easy looks as San Antonio struggled to get going offensively, and Pop took a time-out after going down 13-6. The Raps extended their lead out of it to the tune of an 11-0 run and the Spurs could not find a groove offensively against Toronto's solid D. The second unit came in attempting to climb out of the hole but the Raptor's kept up the suffocating defense the Spurs struggled to chip away. An "And-1" jumper by Jonathon Simmons as the first quarter ended put the good guys down 27-21.

The Spurs' bench, which has been fantastic all season, reduced the deficit to just three in the second, but let the first unit come back in to a six point disadvantage. The starters immediately picked up right where they left off, turning the ball over and allowing open looks on defense and went back down by double digits. SA just couldn't get anything on offense. Kawhi Leonard, the Spurs' leading scorer, took his first shot of the game with seven minutes left in the second quarter.

This was one of the sloppier halves I'd seen from the Spurs this year. They had 11 first half turnovers (game average is 14 for the season) that led to 18 points for the Raptors, but strong bench play and a solid 51% field goal percentage for SA kept them in it. DeMar Derozan had 16 first half points, and was the main problem for the Spurs defensively, and they went into the half down 49-44. The Spurs' leading scorers were Manu Ginobili and LaMarcus Aldridge who each had only eight. Kawhi had 0 points.

The Raptors came out at full speed to begin the second half, and the Spurs quickly fell back down double digits. As Sean Elliot mentioned in the third quarter, Kawhi simply didn't look like himself, and it was "just one of those nights" for San Antonio. They reduced the turnovers, but nothing was falling for the Spurs and nearly everything seemed to be falling for the Raptors. The Spurs went into the fourth down 11, 73-62.

As good as the Spurs bench was, the Raptors just could not miss. Kawhi finally got on the scoreboard with seven minutes left to go, and had seven points in the quarter to cut the lead to six with 4 and a half minutes to go. The Spurs began to put together a little run. After going two-for-nine, Danny Green hit a three to put SA within three.

Down three with about 10 seconds to go, the Spurs gave up an offensive rebound to Toronto and after attempting a foul with five seconds left, Kyle Lowry juked Green and got away to run the clock out.

The Spurs lose, 97-94, and fall to 18-5 for the season.