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Ginobili leads Spurs past Raptors, 116-103

Created: 12/10/2013 10:05 PM WHEC.com

(AP) TORONTO - Manu Ginobili scored 16 points, Tony Parker had 15 and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Toronto Raptors 116-103 on Tuesday night.

Tim Duncan scored 14 points and Aron Baynes had a career-best 14 as the Spurs overcame a 14-point first quarter deficit to win their sixth straight over the Raptors, improving to 26-9 all-time against Toronto.

San Antonio has won three of six since its 11-game winning streak was halted with a loss at Oklahoma City on Nov. 27.

Danny Green had 14 points for the Spurs, while Marco Belinelli had 12 and Patty Mills 11.

DeMar DeRozan scored 19 points and Amir Johnson had 19 points and nine rebounds for the Raptors, who lost for the sixth time in seven games. Terrence Ross scored 14 points in his first start of the season, Jonas Valanciunas also had 14 and Kyle Lowry had 11.

Ginobili had nine assists for the Spurs, who are 10-1 this season when he has at least five.

Toronto, which traded Rudy Gay, Quincy Acy and Aaron Gray to Sacramento on Monday, was still awaiting the arrival of forwards Chuck Hayes and Patrick Patterson and guards John Salmons and Greivis Vasquez in return.

Hayes, Patterson and Salmons were due to arrive late Tuesday night while Vasquez, who had to make a detour to New York City for a work visa, was not expected until Wednesday afternoon.

Raptors forward Tyler Hansbrough (left shoulder) missed his second straight game Tuesday, leaving Toronto with just 10 players against the Spurs.

San Antonio, meanwhile, played without starting center Tiago Splitter, whose sore left calf kept him off the two-game trip to Toronto and Milwaukee. Jeff Ayres started in place of Splitter.

Splitter’s absence proved to be an immediate problem for San Antonio’s defense. Valanciunas and Johnson each scored 10 points in the first and combined for eight rebounds as Toronto led 36-24 after one quarter. It was the most first-quarter points allowed by the Spurs this season.

San Antonio closed the gap by opening the second quarter with a 13-4 run, cutting the deficit to one. Parker scored eight points in the second and Baynes had seven as the Spurs led 59-53 at halftime.

Duncan scored nine points in the third as San Antonio stretched its lead, taking an 89-74 edge into the fourth.

NOTES: Raptors coach Dwane Casey said Hansbrough should be ready to return Friday when Toronto hosts Philadelphia. ... Toronto’s last win over San Antonio was a 91-86 home victory on Jan. 3, 2010.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)



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