SAN ANTONIO (NBA.com exclusive) -- If there's one thing the Toronto Raptors have spent the early part of the season showing it's that they can create plenty of offense -- even if they give up plenty of it to the other team as well.
Not playing defense well is one thing. But to throw in the inability to grab rebounds at the same time is even worse.
The Raptors hit 59 percent of their shots Monday, easily outshooting the Spurs. But San Antonio grabbed nine more rebounds and dominated in second-chance points to defeat the Raptors 131-124 at the AT&T Center.
The Spurs were playing without stars Tim Duncan and Tony Parker, who both were ailing with ankle injuries suffered on the Spurs' last road trip. The duo is listed as day-to-day. Their absence aside, consider the following:
The 131 points the Spurs scored is the most in franchise history in a non-overtime game since a 131-111 victory over Denver on April 22, 1993.
How long ago is that? Back then, John Lucas took over for Jerry Tarkanian as coach for the last 62 games and David Robinson was the Spurs' star.
Even defensive-minded coach Gregg Popovich could enjoy this performance.
"Wins are always enjoyable," he said. "If one can't enjoy a win, that's a real problem."
The Spurs were so shorthanded they put out a starting lineup of second-year player George Hill (for Parker) and Michael Finley beside him in the backcourt, Keith Bogans at small forward, Richard Jefferson at Duncan's power forward position and Theo Ratliff at center.
Hill started six games in place of Parker last season during one of his ankle injuries, and Finley, Bogans and Jefferson have started this year for the Spurs.
But it was Ratliff's first start since the '07-08 season in Minnesota.
Ratliff made way for reserve Antonio McDyess, who had five offensive rebounds as part of his 10 total boards. Rookie DeJuan Blair had four offensive rebounds -- Toronto had five as a team -- and San Antonio had a 32-12 advantage in second-chance points.
Hill was 8-for-15 and had five assists to two turnovers to go along with his 22 points.
"In preseason he was our best player," Spurs reserve Manu Ginobili said. "Every day we see him mature. Now, without Tony, we need him."
As good as Hill was, it's always good to have Ginobili around. He led the Spurs with 36 points in 32 minutes, which included 6-for-8 from 3-point territory and 14-for-16 from the line. He also had four blocked shots in defense.
He even outdid Chris Bosh, who scored 32 points in 32 minutes along with 10 rebounds.
But Toronto's defense had trouble keeping up with the slashing Ginobili and Hill.
"I thought their smalls went past our smalls," Raptors coach Jay Triano said. "Our bigs had a hard time keeping their smalls in front of them. We're just having a hard time stopping the penetration right now."
The Raptors gave up 129 points to Dallas on Saturday and only New York, Memphis and Golden State give up more points than Toronto (108 per game). The Raptors also are 25th in opponent field-goal percentage and 28th in opponent 3-point percentage.
"Toronto's a great offensive team," Ginobili said. "They're not so good defensively yet. We knew we were going to have to score. But I didn't think I would be out there making six threes."