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Spurs vs. Raptors: The Morning After

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The Spurs extended their winning streak to seven games on Wednesday night with a 104-95 home win against the Toronto Raptors (13-29).

The Raptors, coming in on a four-game losing skid, had trouble scoring early while the Spurs got out to a 10-0 run, but that was no sign of what was to come.

The Raptors used their zone defense to stifle the Spurs when the Spurs weren’t shooting themselves in the foot with sloppy passes and execution.

By the time halftime had come around, the Raptors had built up a 53-42 lead and forward DeMar DeRozan bested his season scoring average of 15 points per game by five points, scoring 20 in the first half.

If that wasn’t enough to make you shake your head, the Spurs, who are second in the NBA in three-point shooting percentage, had missed all of their shots from beyond the arch through two quarters.

Luckily for the Spurs, they found their stroke and made defensive adjustments, even surprising DeRozan with double teams that led to turnovers.

The Spurs went on a 13-2, 16-4 and 13-4 run al in the second half to turn the tables on the Raptors, taking the lead and never looking back.

Manu Ginobili led the Spurs in scoring with 23 points to go along with seven assists and four rebounds. DeJuan Blair finished the game with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Tony Parker (17), George Hill (14) and Tim Duncan (10) also scored in double figures.

With the win, the Spurs are now 36-6 on the season and 23-2 at home. They’ll look to improve on that against the Knicks on Friday night.

In Retrospect

Jeff Garcia spoke to Sean of Hoop Heads North prior to the game and got his key matchup and prediction.

“I think the matchup between DeRozan & George Hill should be an interesting one – two young players continuing to solidify themselves in the league and make a presence felt on their team. If I was a betting man, I’d put my wager on the Spurs, but if the Raptors play solid defense that they are capable of (we’ve seen stretches of games this season!) then the Raptors could pull the upset in a very close game.”

Quoteable

“It’s definitely frustrating. It’s a killer. We were beating up on one of the best teams in the NBA, but we got to hold the lead. It’s definitely frustrating.” – DeMar DeRozan.

In Black and White

Imperfect Blair sparks imperfect win (San Antonio Express-News

Raptors hold tough against Spurs (Toronto Sun

Spurs outmuscle Raptors as Blair starts (Raptors Republic)

Fantasy Focus

DeJuan Blair is averaging over 14 points and 9 rebounds through his last three games, including a 18 point, 13 rebound outing against the Dallas Mavericks. Blair has been inconsistent this season, but if he continues to put good games together, he’s definitely worthy of your watch list.

Tweeting the game

Los spurs no se cansan de ganar, esta vez a mis Raptors con partidazo del rookie DeRozan, gran primera temporada!!! All Star del tirón – @topa89.

Still can’t believe DeJuan slipped in the draft. I’ll be saying that for years, but really. #Spurs – @stackmack

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About Michael A. De Leon

Michael founded Project Spurs in 2004. He started The Spurscast, the first Spurs podcast on the Internet, in 2005. Michael has been interviewed by the BBC, SportTalk, the Sports Reporters Radio Show, MemphisSportLive, OKC Sports Wrap and ESPN radio among others. He is a credentialed member of the media for the San Antonio Spurs and Austin Toros. He is also the founder of Project Spurs' sister sites, Toros Nation and Stars Hoops.

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