Parker Leads Spurs to Seventh Straight Win
San Antonio 125, Toronto 118 (OT)
TORONTO, Feb. 8 (Ticker) -- With Tim Duncan sitting out with the flu, Tony Parker and Michael Finley put the San Antonio Spurs on their shoulders.
Parker had 32 points and a season-high 13 assists and Finley scored a season-best 23 points to lead the Spurs to their seventh straight victory, a 125-118 overtime triumph over the Toronto Raptors.
Finley, who hit consecutive shots from behind the arc in the fourth quarter, made a 3-pointer with 3:10 remaining in overtime and a fallaway jumper with 2:30 to play to give the Spurs a 120-114 lead.
"It was important for us to win without Tim (Duncan) to show what type of a team we are without one of our main ingredients," said Finley, who shot 9-of-14 from the floor. "I had the same shots I've had in the past, but the only difference was tonight I was able to knock them down."
Mike James scored 18 points in the fourth quarter, including 10 in a row in the final 3:05 of the period for the Raptors, who rallied from a 14-point deficit to tie the game, 114-114, and force overtime.
However, after shooting nearly 55 percent from the floor (42-of-77) in regulation, the Raptors missed all eight shots in the extra period.
"It's about making plays," James said. "It's a tough loss for us because we gave ourselves an opportunity to win but you need to make plays at the end of a game."
Morris Peterson hit a 3-pointer to bring the Raptors within 68-65 with 5:20 left in the third quarter before Parker scored 10 of San Antonio's next 14 points, closing the period with a jumper and a layup for an 82-76 lead.
"We have experience and down the stretch that helps because we know what to do and get it done," Parker said. Former Raptor Sean Marks made 8-of-9 shots and scored a career-high 16 points off the bench for the Spurs, who had six players in double figures and shot a season-high 59 percent (49-of-83).
"We have to try and pick up the slack when (Duncan) is out," Marks said. "It was a good team effort and a lot of guys really stepped up." James scored 36 points, Chris Bosh had 30 with 14 rebounds and Peterson 25 points for the Raptors, who trailed throughout.
The Raptors missed 12-of-40 free throws, including 4-of-8 in overtime, as they lost to the Spurs for the second time in as many meetings this season.
"We definitely have to shoot our free throws better because if make our free throws it's a little different ballgame," Bosh said.
"You have to come in and be ready to play basketball," said Toronto center Antonio Davis, who scored seven points and seven rebounds in his first game since Friday's trade from New York. "I'm just going to keep working because I have to do a better job than I did tonight and I understand that."