NBA: San Antonio Spurs Defeat Toronto Raptors
Toronto Raptors were defeated by San Antonio Spurs 110-82. Kawhi Leonard scored 25 points, LaMarcus Aldridge was able to add 23 and the San Antonio Spurs defeated Toronto 110-82 on Tuesday night, the Raptors fell to their lowest score of the season.
San Antonio dominated a matchup of teams and it got the second-best record in each conference, leading by as many as 34 points.
Leonard and Aldridge combined to shoot 19 for 28, but it was Tony Parker who set the tone for the Spurs. Parker got 15 points and eight assists in 23 minutes. After scoring the game's opening basket, he drove the lane and tossed the ball out to Aldridge and Pau Gasol for mid-range jumpers and also to Danny Green for a 3-pointer.
The Spurs got a 26-10 lead in the opening eight minutes, and the Raptors could not recover.
DeMar DeRozan led Toronto Raptors with 26 points, but backcourt mate Kyle Lowry was held to six on 2-for-9 shooting.
When Parker exited for rest, San Antonio fizzled, and it went scoreless for 5:13 bridging the first and second quarters.
When Parker returned, he helped set up three straight dynamic plays that put the Raptors on their heels and gave the Spurs their greatest lead at 54-32 with 2:28 left in the first half.
Green's maneuver led to a one-handed, breakaway dunk for Leonard who revved up the sold-out crowd.
Parker dribbled around his back on the run to and lost Lowry at the top of the 3-point line, got DeRozan to leap in the paint, then whipped a pass to the left corner for a 3-pointer from Leonard.
Later, Parker passed under the basket to Aldridge, who tossed it to Leonard. He made a 3 for a 22-point lead.
The 110-82 final was the worst beat the Raptors have suffered.
The Raptors shot 37 percent from the field and failed to reach 90 points for the first time this season.