Parker carries Spurs past Raptors for 9th win in a row


Tony Parker had 34 points, 14 assists, three rebounds and one steal and the San Antonio Spurs extended their season-best winning streak to nine games with a 113-106 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.

Tony Parker had another big game, scoring 34 points leading the Spurs to their 9th straight victory. (Photo via Spurs Nation)

Danny Green scored 13 points and grabbed a career-high seven rebounds in his fourth start of the season.

While Tiago Splitter had 13 points, Manu Ginobili scored 11 points, and Matt Bonner added 10 points off the bench for the Spurs, who have not lost since a 101-100 overtime defeat at Dallas on January 29.

The victory was San Antonio’s sixth straight away from home, their longest run since winning eight straight road games to begin the 2010-11 season.

Tim Duncan failed to extend his run of five straight double-doubles, finishing with eight points and three rebounds in 19 minutes of action.

DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors with 29 points, while Jose Calderon added 16 points and 11 assists.

Toronto trailed by five points to begin the fourth, but used a pair of baskets by Calderon and a driving layup by DeRozan to cut it to one at 97-96 with 4:14 left.

San Antonio answered with a baseline jump shot by Gary Neal and a pair of free throws by Parker, restoring a five point advantage with 3:25 remaining.

Parker made all eight of his free throws down the stretch as the Spurs improved to 8-8 on the road and 21-9 overall.

Spurs rookie and Canada native Cory Joseph got some playing time in the second quarter in Toronto with the Spurs leading 50-39 with 2:19 left in the first half.

Green got all seven of his rebounds and made three of San Antonio’s six 3-pointers in the opening half helping the Spurs to lead at the break 55-45.

However, the Raptors battled back by making their first 10 shots in the second half.

DeRozan scored 13 points in less than six minutes, including two on a reverse alley-oop from Calderon, and the Raptors followed with a layup from James Johnson that tied the game at 66.

San Antonio answered with a 13-4 run over the next four minutes, taking a 79-70 lead and held an 83-78 advantage entering the fourth.

The Spurs will continue their road trip and return to action on Saturday night when they visit the Los Angeles Clippers.

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5 thoughts on “Parker carries Spurs past Raptors for 9th win in a row

  1. It seems the Spurs are having problems taking care of the lead and almost lost to Detroit and the Raptors on back to back nights, I hope the rest they get before facing the Clippers will make them better.

    I really don’t wan this winning streak to end! Go Spurs Go!

  2. Great win, BUT I notice it’s the dreaded begginning of the third period, its like a mental lapse for the first 5 or 6 minutes. However; this year they have the personnel to over come it.

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