Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/1

Game 1: Friday, November 1st
Game 2: Friday, April 4th

Raptors 72

(1-1, 0-1 away)

Spurs 91

(2-1, 1-0 home)

    Coverage: KENS

    7:30 PM ET, November 1, 2002

    AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    TOR 19 21 26 672
    SA 19 27 24 2191

    Top Performers

    Tor: V. Lenard 17 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Ast

    SA: T. Duncan 22 Pts, 15 Reb, 3 Blk

    Raptors score record-low six points in fourth

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- In their first game in their new arena, the San Antonio Spurs tied an NBA defensive record.

    Fourth And Lousy*
    Pts. Offensive Defense Date
    6 Raptors Spurs 11/1/02
    6 Grizzlies Suns 2/21/02
    6 Warriors Suns 2/28/99
    6 Pistons Magic 12/7/93
    7 Heat Magic 3/26/00
    7 Nuggets Warriors 12/23/97
    7 Kings Rockets 11/2/97
    7 Hornets Pistons 12/28/96
    7 Kings Bulls 3/19/96
    7 Magic Pistons 2/7/96
    7 Wizards Warriors 2/6/94
    7 Rockets Lakers 11/15/91
    *-The fewest points scored by a team in a fourth quarter of an NBA game since the 24-second shot clock was introduced for the 1954-55 season.

    The Spurs held the Raptors to six points in the fourth quarter, keeping Toronto scoreless for more than eight minutes and breaking the game open with a 15-0 run in a 91-72 victory at the SBC Center.

    "Not a whole lot you can say other than we just couldn't hit shots,'' said Vince Carter, who led Toronto with 18 points but shot only 5-for-21. "Hats off to (the Spurs) -- they played well defensively.''

    The Raptors managed only three baskets in the fourth period, breaking the franchise's previous low of eight points. The six points tied the league record for fewest points in a fourth quarter set three times, most recently by Memphis against Phoenix last season.

    "We played better as the 48 minutes went along,'' Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "They did a great job grinding it out.''

    Tim Duncan scored 22 points, 14 of them in the second half, and 15 rebounds. Tony Parker added 12 points, while Steve Kerr and Malik Rose each had 11.

    "Honestly I didn't make many adjustments,'' Duncan said when asked about his second-half turnaround. "I shot the ball well in the first half, but my shots just rattled out.''

    Voshon Lenard came off the bench for 17 points, all but two in the first half, and Antonio Davis scored 10 For Toronto. Jelani McCoy had a career-high 15 rebounds, but the Raptors shot only 31 percent and had 24 turnovers that the Spurs converted into 22 points.

    Tim Duncan

    Tim Duncan fought through the Toronto defense for 22 points and 15 rebounds.

    San Antonio also struggled from the floor for much of the game, but ended up at 45 percent (34-for-75).

    The Spurs used an 11-2 burst late in the second quarter to build a nine-point lead that the Raptors trimmed to 46-40 at the break.

    Both teams started slow at the offensive end, shooting a combined 5-for-19 over the first 4 minutes.

    A layup by Lindsey Hunter put Toronto up 19-13 with about 2 minutes left in the quarter, but the Spurs fought back to it at 19 at the period's end on a basket and two free throws by Rose, and Kerr's jumper.

    The shooting improved in the second when both teams had reserves on the floor. Lenard scored 12 of the Raptors' 21 points on 4-for-5 shooting, while Stephen Jackson sparked San Antonio with six points in seven minutes.

    Game notes

    The start was delayed about 20 minutes because of the SBC Center's opening-night festivities. Country-music star Clay Walker sang the national anthem, and NBA commissioner David Stern offered a brief blessing for the new building. ... San Antonio spent the last nine years in the Alamodome, where the Spurs went 258-95 in regular-season games. ... Spurs reserve guard Speedy Claxton dislocated his right shoulder in a fourth-quarter scramble for the ball. ... The Raptors shot 35.5 percent in their season-opening win over Washington. ... McCoy's previous career high for rebounds was 11, set in January 2000 for Seattle. ... The Raptors play Saturday night in Houston.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 72 91
    FGM-FGA 25-81 (.309) 34-75 (.453)
    3PM-3PA 5-13 (.385) 2-12 (.167)
    FTM-FTA 17-23 (.739) 21-32 (.656)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 16-45 12-48
    Assists 9 13
    Turnovers 24 18
    Steals 8 9
    Blocks 3 8
    Fast Break Points 5 8
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 29 (1/0) 24 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    San Antonio
    Voshon Lenard Lenard
    Points: 17
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Tim Duncan Duncan
    Points: 22
    Reb: 15
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 3