The Toronto Raptors have been touted as one of the legit contenders this season. The San Antonio Spurs beat them up badly on Tuesday, 110-82 and exposed the Canadian team as just one of the “good” teams this season.
The Spurs got off to a fast start leading 29-18 after the first quarter. LaMarcus Aldridge dominated with 21 points in the first half and led the Spurs to a 60-41 lead at the break.
Aldridge, Spurs dominant from the start
Aldridge finished with just 23 points but had 8 rebounds and 6 assists as the Spurs continued to dominate in the second half.
The 82-point output from Toronto is their lowest scoring total this 2016-2017 NBA Season. The Raptors shot 37.3% from the field overall and 22.2% from three.
Kawhi Leonard top-scored for the Spurs with 25 on 8-of-12 shooting with 2 steals and 3 blocks while resurgent Tony Parker added 15 points and 8 assists. This is the fourth time in five games when the French point guard had at least 15 points and 5 assists.
The Raptors were led by DeMar DeRozan’s 26 points but were pretty much dominated right from the get go. All other Toronto starters struggled from the field as Kyle Lowry missed 7-of-9 shots for just six points and Jonas Valanciunas settled for a single basket.
Unsuccessful West road trip for one of East’s best teams
This was supposed to be a statement road trip for the Raptors but they have lost three straight away from home, to the Golden State Warriors, Phoenix Suns and Spurs. In the current five-game road stretch, the Raptors are just 2-3 with wins against low-quality teams Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angles Lakers.
The Raptors try to bounce back in their next game when they face the Utah Jazz back at home. Meanwhile, the Spurs returned to the win column after a close loss to the Atlanta Hawks and have won four of their last five games.