Monday, November 9, 2009
Manu carries Spurs past Raptors
By Robby Lim
With some offensive explosion from Manu, and George Hill being steady at the point; the Spurs are back on track.
Playing without two of their starters (Duncan and Parker ankle listed as day-to-day), the gritty Spurs finally scored an impressive win over the Raptors.
Although the Spurs didn't play particularly well on defense, they made up for it on offense.
Manu scored a game high 36 points, handed out 8 dimes and grabbed 8 rebounds. Jefferson played a complete all-around game scoring 24 points, grabbing 8 boards while dishing out 7 assist. Hill added 22 points and 5 assists for the Spurs.
Chris Bosh led the Raptors with 32 points and 10 boards, Turkoglu had 20, and Bargnani added 17.
The Spurs got plenty of help on offense. Matt Bonner played effectively off the bench scoring 18 points, McDyess had 7 points and 10 boards, Blair chipped in 6 points and 7 rebounds while Bogans added 9.
Calderon had 13 points and 9 assists, Belinelli scored 12 and Amir Johnson added 10 points and 5 rebounds for the Raptors.
More than anything, you've got to admire how the Spurs played despite being shorthanded. A lot of desire, aggressiveness and hustle.
If the Spurs plays this way every night, other teams should watch out. But this is just one game, we need to see more consistency on their play.
But like what Pop said during their last game, "It's a step in the right direction". Hopefully they can sustain this momentum and win their next game against the Mavericks...