Published: Thu, January 16, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Spurs Edge Raptors in Toronto

Spurs Edge Raptors in Toronto

His former teammate DeMar DeRozan got another warm welcome in Toronto, and then helped the Spurs top the struggling Raptors.

DeMar DeRozan coasted through defenders and threw down a vicious slam dunk during the San Antonio Spurs' win against the Toronto Raptors.

DeRozan and Lowry have often said their friendship is bigger than basketball, and they've remained close since DeRozan's departure.

San Antonio used a big fourth quarter to win for the third time in four games.

Rudy Gay added 15 points, Derrick White had 13, Aldridge 11 and Dejounte Murray had 10 for the Spurs.

In 27 games, Siakam is averaging a team-high 25.1 points per game to go along with 8.0 rebounds and 3.6 assists.

"He's been huge", White said of DeRozan.

A pair of DeRozan free throws capped a 21-5 Spurs run that gave San Antonio a three-point lead with 5:31 to play.

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The Spurs led 100-91 with 2:37 left, but Kyle Lowry, Norman Powell and Serge Ibaka each made 3-pointers as Toronto tied it 100-100 on Ibaka's shot from distance with 1:17 left.

Asked for his thoughts on Lowry's play this season, DeRozan said: "He's been awful".

San Antonio's comeback spoiled the returns of Siakam and Powell, each of whom had missed 11 games since a December 18 win at Detroit. LaMarcus Aldridge breathed a bit of hope into the Raptors when he missed two free throws, but there were no last-second heroics as Siakam's long shot at the buzzer bounced off the glass.

When the Spurs visited Toronto in February a year ago, DeRozan turned the ball in the last few seconds and led to Kawhi Leonard.

Raptors fans gave DeRozan a standing ovation during a tribute video Sunday night. Powell is averaging 14.4 points and 3.9 rebounds through 27 games (16 starts). Powell scored 20 points and Siakam had 15, including 12 in the first.

While battling for a loose ball against San Antonio Bryn Forbes in the third game, Lowry landed heavily on Toronto's baseline, right in front of the place his family was sitting.

Raptors: Ibaka's double-double was his best eighth in a row. Lowry got up and kissed his son on the cheek, then returned to the courtyard.

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