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Parker scores 26 to help Spurs get past Raptors

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 23, 2013 at 11:26 pm •  Published: December 23, 2013

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Unable to comfortably separate from the young Toronto Raptors, the San Antonio Spurs turned to a proven finishing formula - Tony Parker driving for layups when he wasn't kicking the ball to open teammates on the perimeter.

Parker had 26 points and eight assists and San Antonio beat Toronto 112-99 Monday night.

"We won that game because of Tony Parker's aggressiveness," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "His juice; his aggression all night long. And we made some 3s in the fourth quarter. Those are the two reasons we won the game."

Parker had eight points and three assists in the final quarter, committing just one turnover in 9 minutes.

"A win is a win," Parker said. "They've been playing well, the Raptors. They had a big win in (Oklahoma City) and they made it hard on us."

Coming off a 104-98 victory over the Thunder on Sunday, the Raptors got within three or less on numerous occasions in the second half, but couldn't complete the rallies against the Spurs.

"It was a superior team, I think, first of all," Toronto coach Dwane Casey said. "You talk about one of the top teams in the West. Talking to the Oklahoma City coach, they feel the same way about how tough San Antonio is."

Toronto trailed 57-56 after DeMar DeRozan's 3 with 9:22 left in the third quarter, but Parker and Tim Duncan combined for eight points to rebuilding San Antonio's lead to 67-59.

In his second game off the bench after starting the Spurs' first 26 games, Danny Green hit a pair of 3s to put San Antonio up 90-80 with just under 8 minutes remaining.

Green was 4 for 6 on 3-pointers in scoring 14 points for the Spurs (21-7).

"I didn't bench him because he wasn't making shots," Popovich said. "You don't bench people because they're not making shots. We changed the look and changed the rotation a little bit. It could change again."

The change helped San Antonio overcome a Toronto team that had gone 4-2 since trading leading scorer Rudy Gay to Sacramento on Dec. 9.

Kyle Lowry and Terrence Ross had 23 points each and DeRozan added 13 points for the Raptors (11-15).

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