TORONTO (AP) -- Even without Tim Duncan, the streaking San
Antonio Spurs were able to slip by the Raptors.
Tony Parker had 32 points and a season-high 13 assists, Michael
Finley scored six of his 23 points in overtime, and the Spurs beat
Toronto 125-118 on Wednesday night for their seventh straight win.
Duncan missed his first game of the season because of flu-like
symptoms, but Parker played one of best games of his career --
coming up one assist and six points short of career highs.
"It was even more important for us to win without Tim," Finley
said. "We showed what type of team we are with one of our main
ingredients not even playing, so when he comes back it will give us
an added boost of confidence."
Sean Marks had a career-high 16 points for the Spurs, who have
also won seven straight on the road. A win over New Jersey on
Friday night would match the longest road winning streak in
"We always seem like we come together when we go on the road,"
The Spurs are on an eight-game road trip because of a rodeo at
Chris Bosh had 30 points and 14 rebounds for the Raptors.
Mike James had 36 points, but he missed two free throws and had
two of his shots blocked in the final 2 minutes of overtime.
"It's about making plays. You got to make plays at the end of
the game," James said. "They were basically double teaming Bosh.
It was hard to get him the ball at the end of the game. Guys got to
step up, even if we can't force him the ball, guys got to step up
and make plays."
Finley's 3-pointer and jumper gave San Antonio a 120-114 lead
with just over 2 minutes left in the extra period.
James had a chance to cut the lead to two with 1:50 left, but he
missed both of his free throws.
Bruce Bowen blocked James' layup attempt with 48 seconds left,
and Nazr Mohammed blocked another shot by James with just over 20
Finley and Manu Ginobili added four free throws in the final 14
seconds to seal the victory.
Toronto's Antonio Davis, acquired from New York last Friday,
received a mixed reaction in his first game back with Toronto.
Davis struggled, missing a couple of key shots and turning the ball
over down the stretch.
"I have to do a lot better than I did tonight. I understand
that," Davis said.
Finley's consecutive 3-pointers gave San Antonio a 92-78 lead
early in the fourth, but Morris Peterson's 3-pointer cut it to two
with 4:13 left
The teams repeatedly traded baskets down the stretch of
James scored nine points in the final 3:06.
After Rasho Nesterovic's dunk gave San Antonio a 114-112 lead,
Davis tied it with a tip-in with 38 seconds left.
Bowen capped a 14-6 run that gave San Antonio a 16-point lead in
the first half -- its biggest lead of the game. Parker had 12 points
and eight assists as the Spurs shot 60 percent and led 54-44 at
Robert Horry returned for the Spurs after missing eight of
the last nine games due to an abdominal strain, and started in
Duncan's place. ... The Raptors played back-to-back overtime games
for just the second time in their history. They lost to Los Angeles
on Sunday. ... Indianapolis Colts kicker Mike Vanderjagt sat
courtside. Vanderjagt missed a potential game-tying 46-yard field
goal try late in Pittsburgh's playoff upset victory last month.