Spurs looking at the bigger picture
The San Antonio Spurs got exactly what they were hoping for against the Toronto Raptors - a scare.
Kawhi Leonard had a career-high 33 points, LaMarcus Aldridge had 31 points and 15 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs held off the Toronto Raptors 102-95 for their franchise-record 64th victory.
San Antonio never trailed and topped their 63-win season in 2005-06. They also extended their NBA-record home winning streak to start the season to 39 games.
“We don’t pay attention, nor are allowed to care,” said San Antonio guard Danny Green. “It’s fun to be a part of something big, or be a part of history or make history, but we’re looking at the bigger picture.”
Toronto pulled within four points with three minutes remaining, but San Antonio closed it out to capture their 48th straight home victory dating to March 2015.
“They’re good at closing out games,” said Toronto’s former Spurs guard Cory Joseph. “Kawhi was able to knock down a couple of shots and extend the lead for them. He put us in a situation where we had to foul and they made their free throws.”
Leonard added: “When we have leads by 10 or 11, we need to punch the other team in the stomach and blow up to a 20-point lead.”
BATTLE: For San Antonio’s LaMarcus Aldridge, left, Toronto Raptors’ Bismark Biyombo (centre)
and Spurs guard Danny Green