Newspaper article The Canadian Press

DeRozan Scores 28 Points to Lift Raptors to 97-94 Victory over Spurs

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

DeRozan Scores 28 Points to Lift Raptors to 97-94 Victory over Spurs

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DeRozan scores 28 to lift Raptors to win

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TORONTO - From the opening tip to the final buzzer, the Toronto Raptors finally played with the consistency coach Dwane Casey has been crying out for.

And it paid off with a victory over one of the NBA's best teams.

DeMar DeRozan poured in 28 points as the Toronto Raptors led from the outset Wednesday en route to a 97-94 victory over the San Antonio Spurs.

"Playing both ends of the floor, being efficient on the offensive end and then turning around and playing defence with force and conviction," said Casey. "I thought we played committed defence tonight for as many minutes as we possibly could, and that was huge."

Kyle Lowry had 19 points and eight assists, Luis Scola had 16 points and eight rebounds, while Bismack Biyombo had 10 points and seven boards. Patrick Patterson also chipped in with 10 points for Toronto (14-9).

The Raptors, missing starters DeMarre Carroll (knee contusion) and Jonas Valanciunas (broken hand) shot 58 per cent against the NBA's best defensive team.

"We just moved the ball," DeRozan said. "We moved the ball and we understood how they were going to play us and that as long as we attacked, played aggressive and played together, we knew we would have a chance, and that's what we did."

Manu Ginobili led the Spurs (18-5) with 17 points, while LaMarcus Aldridge had 13, and David West finished with 10.

The Raptors have been frustratingly slow and sloppy out of the gate, and had yet to put together a solid four quarters.

But they sprinted out to an 11-point first-quarter lead against the Spurs, and continued to hold their own, taking a 73-62 lead into the fourth quarter in front of a capacity Air Canada Centre crowd of 19,800.

The Spurs, second in the NBA to only the undefeated Golden State Warriors, came to life in the fourth, and when Danny Green drained a three-pointer that circled the rim before dropping, it put San Antonio within three points with 2:47 to play.

A floating jumper by DeRozan -- with two Spurs draped on him -- had Toronto up by five with under a minute to play. …

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