For three quarters, the San Antonio Spurs had a hard time trying to pull away from the Toronto Raptors. When the fourth period started it was a different story.
The Spurs opened the fourth with a 9-2 run, forcing Toronto to call a timeout after a 3-pointer by Matt Bonner with 10:22 remaining and San Antonio lead 90-86.
From there, the Spurs coasted to a 111-100 victory over the Raptors.
Here are some of the numbers which stood out in this Spurs' win.
70 - The Spurs dominated the inside game, outscoring the Raptors 70-40 on inside points.
41 - The Spurs controlled the boards, outrebounding the Raptors 41-32.
30 - San Antonio shared the ball better, dishing out 30 assists compared to the Raptors' 22. The Spurs won the game by outscoring the Raptors 30-16 in the final period.
29 - Andrea Bargnani had a game-high 29 points for the Raptors and added two rebounds and one steal.
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28-11 - DeJuan Blair matched his career-high (28) in points and garbbed 11 boards for San Antonio for his 13th double-double of the season.
25 - DeMar DeRozan added 25 points, four assists and four rebounds for the Raptors.
18 - George Hill had 18 points, six assists and five rebounds off the Spurs' bench. Both teams scored 18 points a piece on fast break points.
16 - Tim Duncan and Tony Parker scored 16 points each for the Spurs. Bonner scored three points in 16 minutes of action.
12 - Manu Ginobili chipped in 12 points, nine dimes, four rebounds and one steal for the Spurs while Amir Johnson had 12 points, 13 boards and two assists for the Raptors.
5 - San Antonio had seven blocks for the game, five coming from Duncan. The Raptors had three blocks as a team.
0 - Duncan, Jefferson, Bargnani and DeRozan did not comitt a single turnover for the entire game.
Rookie Watch: Tiago Splitter had six points and eight boards in 15 minutes of action but left the game late in the third with a strained left hamstring and did not return. Gary had nine points and two rebounds in 20 minutes of playing time.
What's Next? The Spurs will visit the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center on Friday.
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First of all thanks for always reading and commenting to most of our articles here on Project Spurs. Blair really played a hell of a game. @Big_Whit It's been a while since the last time I heard from you. I think Splitter will be fine and can probably play against the 76ers.
UPDATE: Tiago Splitter (strained left hamstring) and Gary Neal (tweaked right groin) left in the second half.
Neither injury was immediately considered serious. Both players will be re-evaluated today to determine their status for Friday at Philadelphia.
Blair really did well in final period and the Spurs defense picked up that was the reason for the win. I heard Tiago's injury was not considered as serious.
Please keep us informed on Splitter's injury, let's hope it is not a big setback. He seemed ready to step up and contribute as his play the last few games has been very good. Minus an injury, I feel he will make a positive contribution this year, including in the playoffs. Pop has phased him into the team at just the right pace.
If there is any Spurs fan that is really worried about Splitter, it would be me. I think it's just a minor injury he played good in limited minutes. But Blair was really awesome.
The Spurs turned it on in the 4th. 16 is the best stat of this game. Blair had 16 points in the fourth quarter which is the same score by the Raptors as a team.