TORONTO – After maintaining a seven point lead in the second quarter, the Spurs ultimately found themselves outscored 48-38 in the third and fourth quarters alone to lose 93-78 to Raptors 905 Sunday evening.
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· Score: Austin Spurs – 78, Raptors 905 – 93
· Records: Spurs (13-9) | Raptors (11-10)
· Date: Sunday, December 31 | 1:00 p.m. tip-off CST
· Location: Hershey Centre | Toronto, Canada
· Attendance: 2,488
· Officials: Nelson Santiago, Brandon Adair, Jacob Barnett
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A 10-0 run by Raptors 905 midway through the second quarter helped chance a six point Raptors deficit into a four point lead. After Miller hit four of his six free throws during the run, Thompson had back-to-back buckets to give 905 the lead.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
• Austin shot just 35 percent (29-for-84) from the floor, while the Raptors made 11 more shots than the Spurs at 40-of-86 (47 percent).
• The Spurs went 9-of-27 (33 percent) from beyond the arc in the loss and shot a nice 11-of-14 (79 percent) from the charity stripe. Raptors 905, meanwhile, were a mouth-dropping 2-of-10 (10 percent) from downtown and went 69 percent (11-of-16) from the free throw line.
• Raptors managed to record twice the total number of steals than Austin (10 to 5).
• Raptors 905 outrebounded the Spurs by nine (51-42), but both teams finished with 19 total assists and recorded five blocked shots respectively.
INSIDE THE FLOW
• The Spurs controlled most of the first, holding a six point lead in the first and holding a three point advantage after one quarter of play.
• Toronto managed a 10-0 run to take a two point lead with just over five minutes to go in the half.
• A 7-0 run early in the 3rd quarter helped put the 905 up double digits with 9:39 to go in the third.
• A successful three-pointer by Hanlan 17 seconds into the fourth gave Austin a little bit of light, but 26 points in the fourth was too much as Austin fell by double digits in Canada.
• Jaron Blossomgame recorded a team-high 18 points and four boards
• Two-way player Darrun Hilliard added 16 points and a team-high eight rebounds.
• Amida Brimah added 10 points and eight boards, as well, in just 24 minutes of play on 80 percent shooting (4-of-5) off the bench.
• Lorenzo Brown dropped a game-high 23 points, including 11 field goals, and eight rebounds.
• Kennedy Meeks recorded the lone double-double in this contest with his 13 points, 13 rebounds, and two blocked shots performance on Sunday.
Austin continues its lengthy road trip with a meeting in New York against the Long Island Nets. Tip-off from Nassau Coliseum is scheduled for a 7:00 pm ET on Tuesday, January 2nd in the first game of the new year for the Spurs.