Tony Parker scored 26 points and dished out eight assists and Manu Ginobili and Danny Green came off of the bench to combine for 32 points to help a struggling San Antonio Spurs’ starting lineup defeat the Toronto Raptors 112-99 on Monday night.
“We won that game because of Tony Parker’s aggressiveness,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich told the Associated Press. “His juice; his aggression all night long. And we made some 3s in the fourth quarter. Those are the two reasons we won the game.”
Kyle Lowry had 23 points, nine assists and four rebounds to lead the Raptors while Terrence Ross also had 23 points.
It was a rough night for DeMar DeRozan, who finished with just 13 points on five-of-16 shooting.
In total, the Spurs’ bench scored 52 points compared to just 23 for the Raptors’ bench. Tim Duncan had 13 points and 10 rebounds and was the only Spurs’ starter besides Parker to score in double figures.
The Spurs, who improved to 22-6, will now prepare for a Christmas night showdown with the Houston Rockets. The Raptors, who fell to 11-15, won’t be back in action until Friday when they take on the New York Knicks.