Raptors off the Marks

The Toronto Raptors' Antonio Davis battles San Antonio Spurs' Sean Marks for position during...

The Toronto Raptors' Antonio Davis battles San Antonio Spurs' Sean Marks for position during first-half action last night at the ACC. Ex-Raptor Marks scored a career-high 16 points. (Toronto Sun/David Lucas)

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:31 AM ET

It almost felt like a return to the good old days.

But in the end, it was just another tough loss for the Raptors.

On a night when the joint was jumping, Antonio Davis was back in a Raptors uniform and the team fought like a warrior against a better foe, Toronto wilted in overtime before a season-high crowd of 19,284 at the Air Canada Centre.

Ex-Raptors bench-warmer Sean Marks had a career night and sensational point guard Tony Parker was his usual self as the defending champion San Antonio Spurs (38-10) beat the Raptors 125-118 in an unusual overtime thriller.

In a game that was as good as any this season, the extra period was a gigantic letdown.

The Raptors (17-32) rallied from a 16-point deficit against a Spurs team missing star forward Tim Duncan, but scored just four points in overtime and were 0-for-8 from the field in an extra frame when they didn't move the ball well.

"They did what they were supposed to do and we didn't respond," Raptors swingman Morris Peterson said after the Spurs outscored Toronto 11-4 in overtime. "We didn't play the overtime like we did the fourth quarter."

Davis, 37, often was in the right place to make plays but couldn't finish a number of key possessions. He had seven points and seven rebounds in 33 minutes, but was 1-for-6 from the free-throw line, including two big misses in overtime. Point guard Mike James also missed two important free throws in OT and the team was 28-for-40 from the charity stripe in the game.

"I did (expect more from myself)," said Davis, who did send the game to overtime with a critical tip-in with 24.9 seconds left in regulation. "I'm always disappointed when we don't win or I don't play well. I just hate missing free throws, it's a free shot. You work really hard to try to step up there. My team needed me to do that and I didn't do a very good job."

James led the way with a game-high 36 points, including 18 in a wildly entertaining fourth quarter, but he was blocked twice in overtime and was 0-for-4 from the field.

Chris Bosh had his 22nd double-double wrapped up by the second quarter and finished with 30 points and 14 rebounds.

But it was Marks, who was 8-for-9 for a career-high 16 points after making all of seven shots from the field in two seasons with the Raptors (1998-2000), and Parker, 12-for-19, 32 points, standing in the winner's circle as the Spurs claimed victory for the seventh time in a row.

"I don't remember (Marks) making jump shots (in Toronto)," Peterson said.

It was the second overtime loss in a row for the Raptors, who finished their season-long five-game homestand at 3-2.

If nothing else, they gave fans bang for their buck.


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