Spurs look­ing at the big­ger pic­ture

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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

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