Raptors fight hard, but lose to Spurs

Raptors guard Terrence Ross dunks past San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (behind) during the...

Raptors guard Terrence Ross dunks past San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (behind) during the first half in San Antonio on Monday. (Soobum Im/USA TODAY Sports)

Mike Ganter, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:48 PM ET

With the chance to go 3-0 and head into a short Christmas break on a dizzying high, the Raps had no answer for Tony Parker.

They’ll have to settle for the quiet confidence a 2-1 road trip against three of the Western Conference giants brings.

Oh they put Parker on his backside enough in the first three quarters to ensure he’ll spend a good part of Christmas eve in a soaking tub, but that only got Parker’s attention.

Like the consummate pro that he is, Parker got better as the game went on and by the fourth quarter when the Raptors got the lead down to five it was Parker calmly setting the Spurs offence and more often than not nailing his jumpers to keep the Raptors at arms length on the way to an eventual 112-99 win.

Parker finished the night with a game-high 26 on 10-of-19 shooting.

But don’t feel bad for these Raptors.

They did not get cheated nor did they cheat themselves.

 


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