SAN ANTONIO, Nov. 1 (Ticker) --
The San Antonio Spurs opened their new
arena with a closing quarter for the ages.
and Speedy Claxton
came up with big fourth-quarter
baskets and the Spurs limited the Toronto Raptors to six points
as they pulled away for a 91-72 triumph in the first
regular-season game at the SBC Center.
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It was the fewest points scored in any quarter by the Raptors -
who went more than 8 1/2 minutes without a point until rookie
made a layup with 38 seconds remaining - and the
fewest allowed in any period by the Spurs.
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After Jelani McCoy
hit a jumper in the paint to open the fourth
quarter and get the Raptors within 70-68, Claxton hit a jumper,
Duncan a turnaround jump hook and Claxton a reverse layup to
jump-start the game-closing run.
nailed a 3-pointer to make it 86-70 with 4:12 to
play, forcing Toronto to call timeout. When play resumed,
Claxton appeared to hurt his right shoulder diving for a loose
ball. He left the game and did not return.
Duncan had 22 points and 15 rebounds, Tony Parker
points and Kerr and Malik Rose
11 apiece for the Spurs, who shot
45 percent (34-of-75) from the field and limited the Raptors to
31 percent (25-of-81).
paced Toronto with 18 points and had a couple of
spectacular dunks but shot just 5-of-21. Offseason acquisition
scored 17 points but just two in the second half.