The San Antonio Spurs played poorly in the first half falling behind by 11 points at halftime. However, they were more focused in the second half and played better on both ends of the court.
As a result, the Spurs beat the Toronto Raptors 104-95 extending their winning streak to seven games and improved to 36-6 which is their best ever after 42 games.
Here are some of the numbers on this Spurs' latest victory.
82.8 - The Spurs shot well from the free throw line making 24-29 (82.8%) foul shots. The Raptors weren't that bad either, shooting 20-25 (80%) of their free throw attempts.
49 - The Spurs won the battle of the boards, outrebounding the Raptors 49-38.
28 - DeMar DeRozan had a game-high 28 points and added four steals, and three rebounds for the Raptors.
23 - The Spurs shared the ball better, they had 23 assists for the game compared to 20 dimes by the Raptors. Manu Ginobili led the Spurs with 23 points, seven assists and four rebounds.
22 - Both teams were dead even on fast break points, scoring 22 points each. DeJuan Blair had another brilliant performance, scoring 22 points and grabbing 11 rebounds for the Spurs.
17 - The Spurs outscored the Raptors by 17 points in the third quarter to take control of the game. Tony Parker had 17 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals for San Antonio.
14 - Andrea Bargnani and Jose Calderon scored 14 points a piece for the Raptors. George Hill added 14 points and had six rebounds off the Spurs' bench.
10 - Tim Duncan added 10 points and 12 boards for the Spurs. Jerryd Bayless and Sundiata Gaines scored 10 points each from the Raptors' bench.
8 - Antonio McDyess gave the Spurs a big lift, he scored eight points, grabbed six rebounds, dished out four assists and had three steals in 28 minutes of action.
0 - Gary Neal and Hill did not commit a single turnover for the entire game.
Rookie Watch: Neal scored eight points and had one assists in 21 minutes. Tiago Splitter had one block in 1 minute of playing time. James Anderson was activated and in uniform, but did not play against the Raptors.
What's Next? The Spurs will host the New York Knicks at the AT&T Center in San Antonio on Friday.
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The Spurs were more focused during the second half and they made great defensive adjustments that eventually won the game for them. @Mark_M Thanks for the heads up on Manu's free throws. Here's another, Manu is now hit 38 consecutive foul shots, His personal best is 43.
That 3rd quarter surge really turned the game around. I also agree with @LFJeremy aside from the Big 3, George Hill, McDyess and Tiago will be key to our playoff success add Gary Neal to that list.
Ginobili really knows how to get some points, he was struggling on his shooting and yet he led the team with 23 points.
Blair played well in the second half and the Spurs picked up their intensity. That won the game. Go Spurs Go!
Great stats Robby, if I may add another nice stat-line was 14-14 free throws by my man Manu GINOBILI! Go Spurs Go!
@LFJeremy you hear Dyess MIGHT reconsider retirement