San Antonio made close win over Toronto Raptors with new young players movement this season. The team’s veterans are still significant of pulling out a victory.
DeMar DeRozan had 27 points and the Spurs rallied in the final minute to beat the Toronto Raptors 119-114 on Saturday night despite Fred Vanvleet 27 points.
San Antonio Dejounte Murray added 11 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds for his first career triple-double. Murray became just the 14th player in franchise history to made the record.
DeRozan’s 3-pointer with a minute remaining pulled the Spurs within 114-113. The 12-year veteran was 3 for 4 on 3-pointers as he joined the list of top 100 scorers in NBA league history.
”DeMar, that’s part of his game this season, to shoot more 3s,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. ”He’s more confident with it and it shows.”
The Spurs took a 115-114 lead on LaMarcus Aldridge’s fadeaway clutch put-back with 29.9 seconds remaining. In his 15th season, Aldridge outfought a host of Raptors and even Murray for the rebound after San Antonio missed two previous shots.
”It was impressive,” Murray said of Aldridge’s effort.
Toronto’s Kyle Lowry missed a pull-up 19-footer with 22.3 seconds left, and Spurs 34-year-old Rudy Gay made two free throws at the other end.
Fred VanVleet had 27 points and Chris Boucher added 22 points for the Raptors in their first road game. Toronto had six players score in double figures, including all five starters but fall short at the final minutes.
Patty Mills added 21 points, Lonnie Walker IV had 14 and Aldridge and Keldon Johnson each had 12 for San Antonio.
The Spurs had 36 assists to achieve a balanced scoring.
”It was all over the place,” DeRozan said of the team’s pace. ”That’s how we need to play. When we move the ball the way we did tonight, you’re going to have more outcomes like tonight.”