SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich could afford
to joke about the Spurs' sloppy victory over the Toronto Raptors.
"We decided to go ahead and count it as a win after much
discussion," Popovich said after the Spurs' 92-86 victory
"We have been really sloppy from before the (All-Star) break
and inconsistent in taking care of the ball ... understanding the
intensity it takes for 48 minutes. Tonight was another good
Manu Ginobili scored 17 points, Tony Parker added 15, and Tim
Duncan and Robert Horry each had 13 points to help the NBA-leading
Spurs improve to 44-13 overall and 25-2 at the SBC Center.
"Maybe it's a bad period. I don't know," Ginobili said. "Once
in a while we're not as sharp as we need to be, so that's why we're
Chris Bosh led Toronto with 16 points. The Raptors, who shot 24
percent from the floor in the first half, had won their previous
The Spurs led by as many as 21 points in the third quarter. In
the first meeting of the season between the teams, Toronto overcame
a 20-point deficit to beat the visiting Spurs 96-91 on Nov. 21.
"I thought we rushed some things, but our guys competed and
played hard," Toronto coach Sam Mitchell said. "I thought in that
third quarter we let them build that lead and we fell back. You
can't do that on the road against a good team like San Antonio."
The Spurs opened a four-game homestand, their longest
stretch of games at the SBC Center so far this season. ... Spurs
forward Nazr Mohammed, acquired from New York last week, had two
points and one rebound in 6 minutes.