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Raptors cruise to 43-point win over short-handed Spurs

Nov 2, 2022; San Antonio, Texas, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Keita Bates-Diop (31) drives to the basket against Toronto Raptors center Christian Koloko (35) during the first half at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

Pascal Siakam scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in three quarters of play and Gary Trent Jr. added 24 points as the visiting Toronto Raptors blitzed the short-handed San Antonio Spurs 143-100 on Wednesday.

The Raptors led by just five points midway through the second quarter but pushed their advantage to 15 points at halftime.

Toronto then outscored the Spurs 40-21 in the third quarter, with much of the damage done in the first two minutes of the period, and waltzed to the finish line, winning its second straight game and fourth in its past five outings.

O.G. Anunoby added 18 points for the Raptors, with Chris Boucher hitting for 17, Scottie Barnes tallying 15 and Dalano Banton and Precious Achiuwa contributing 13 and 12 points, respectively.

Keita Bates-Diop led San Antonio with 17 points. Malaki Branham added 13 and Josh Richardson scored 10 for the Spurs, who had a two-game win streak end.

San Antonio played without starters Keldon Johnson (right calf tightness) and Devin Vassell (left knee soreness), the latter of whom missed his fourth consecutive game. Toronto’s Fred VanVleet was out for the second straight contest because of a back injury.

The Raptors led by as many as 11 points in the first quarter before San Antonio rallied to pull to within 32-31 on a Richardson 3-pointer with 12.5 seconds remaining that closed the period. Barnes had 11 points to lead all scorers in the quarter.

The Spurs kept things close through the first six minutes of the second quarter before Toronto began to create some separation, using three buckets from Trent and a 3-pointer and a basket by Boucher over the final 4:14 to carry a 64-49 edge to the break.

Trent led all scorers with 15 points in the half while Barnes had 13. Ten players saw the court for San Antonio before halftime and nine scored, but none reached double figures.

The Raptors poured it on the third quarter, reeling off a 13-3 run in the first 2 1/2 minutes to go up 77-52. Toronto expanded the gap to as many as 37 points before settling for a 104-70 advantage heading to the final period.

–Field Level Media