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Raptors Drop A Wild Game In Alamo City
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Raptors 124 131 Spurs
Jason Satur
November 9, 2009
AT&T Center
San Antonio, TX

For a game that featured 25 lead changes, the final one came pretty early in the fourth quarter.

Manu Ginobili connected on back-to-back three-pointers with 8:35 in the game (more on him in a second) which helped spark a 38-point quarter-- enough to create some separation from the Raps and give the Spurs a relatively comfortable win.


Manu Ginobili more than picked up the slack with Tim Duncan and Tony Parker out with ankle injuries. The former Sixth Man of the Year put up 36 points with six three-pointers, eight assists, four rebounds and perhaps most impressively, four blocks.

The Argentine was just lethal in the final frame, where all of his 12 points in the quarter came from behind the arc -- including those two daggers that gave the Spurs the lead for good.


Got to call this one a draw between Marco Belinelli and Amir Johnson as both were strong off the bench.

The Raptors had a rough night on the glass overall, but Johnson was an active presence around the rim and in transition in his 22 minutes of work. Belinelli's four made field goals were all from long range and each one either regained or extended a Raptors lead.


The Raptors were beaten on the offensive boards 16-5 and the Spurs didn't waste their second-chance opportunities, outscoring the Raptors 32-12.

That hard work on the glass allowed the Spurs to stay within striking distance of a Toronto team that was shooting well (59.2% overall) and then surpass them when their offence found another gear in the fourth.


"We just have to do a better job of closing out guys. I wasnt too concerned about the 3-point shots. 3-pointers happen because guys blow by. If you get straight line drives that that it makes it tough for a guy to stop the ball and get out to his man. We have to man up and keep the guys in front of us. We are not doing that right now." - Jay Triano


Wednesday Oct. 11 vs. Chicago
7:00 PM ET (theScore, FAN 590)

The Raptors have one home date on Wednesday against the Chicago Bulls before heading out West for another four road games. The Raptors have defeated the Bulls three straight times and in seven of the past nine meetings. Andrea Bargnani looked particularly sharp against the Bulls last season, with averages of 27.0 points and 7.0 rebounds in three contests.
By The Numbers
2005 Career assist total for Jose Calderon, who passed 2000 with his fourth assist on Monday
59.2% Overall shooting percentage for the Raps vs. the Spurs.
6 Number of 3-pointers hit by Chris Bosh in six attempts this season.
+20 Differential in second chance points, in favour of the Spurs.
131 Point total from San Antonio. Most in franchise history in a non-overtime game since April of 1993. .
They Said It...
Chris Bosh Their guys were hungry for the ball and they got the second-chance points. I saw a couple of times when [Keith] Bogans was getting down there and getting the rebound and retaining the possession. No offense to him, but that just cant happen... - - Chris Bosh
Matt Bonner "It was definitely a career moment. I am happy that it was captured on film. Thats definitely something to show the grandkids one day." - Matt Bonner on his two-handed dunk
Manu Ginobili "I needed to get hot and make shots and start to feel good again. Its a tough game when two of your best players arent playing. We felt more responsibility as a team to take charge. I wasnt thinking about making six 3-pointers. - Manu Ginobili
Fantasy Alert
28.5 PPG, 11.8 RPG, 1.8 APG

Notes: Chris Bosh put up his third 30+ point game to start the season and his 14th consecutive games with 20+ points dating back to last season.
13.6 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 2.2 APG

Notes: Manu may have been the high scorer, but Richard Jefferson had a monster game, approaching a triple double with 24 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.