SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Pascal Siakam had 22 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds in just 28 minutes, and the Toronto Raptors beat depleted San Antonio 143-100 on Wednesday night, the Spurs’ worst home loss in franchise history.
“I think we just played really hard,” Toronto forward O.G. Anunoby said. “No matter what we see, we just try to go out there and play hard.”
San Antonio was without starters Keldon Johnson and Devin Vassell, and reserves Isaiah Roby and Blake Wesley. The Spurs also sat rookie forward Jeremy Sochan early in the second quarter due to restricted minutes after a one-game absence with flulike symptoms.
Gary Trent Jr. scored 24 points for the Raptors, who were without All-Star guard Fred VanVleet but had plenty left for their largest margin of victory, a season high in points and a season-high 23 turnovers forced.
“They are really good at that (defensive pressure),” Spurs forward Keita Bates-Diop said. “They switch 1 through 5 and get in the passing lanes. We’ve got to get better at moving off the ball. That’s a really good veteran team. That was a good test for us. That is probably the best team we have played all season.”
Bates-Diop had 17 points. He was the only Spurs starter in double figures.
The Raptors’ length and athleticism disrupted the Spurs from tipoff. Toronto opened the game with a pair of breakaway, one-handed dunks by Anunoby and Scottie Barnes off a steal and a defensive rebound.
The Spurs had four turnovers in the opening three minutes and the Raptors had five dunks in the first seven minutes.
After trailing by 11 points, the Spurs rallied to cut the Raptors’ lead to 32-31 at the close of the first quarter. San Antonio took its first lead 27 seconds into the second on Jakob Poeltl’s layup.
Toronto would quickly reestablish control, expanding its lead to 48 points in the second half.
Siakam was 10 for 19 from the field while sitting out the final quarter.
“Pascal has a great command of what he’s seeing and what he’s doing,” Toronto coach Nick Nurse said. “He’s into plays and he’s creating a lot of easy opportunities for himself. He’s making the move to get really clear of shots.”
The Raptors had 76 points in the paint and 39 fast-break points.
Raptors: Toronto’s previous season high was a 30-point victory against Atlanta on Oct. 31. … VanVleet missed his second straight game due to lower back stiffness. … Raptors F Chris Boucher and Spurs G Josh Richardson were each issued a technical foul with 6:19 remaining in the first half. Players and officials came between the pair after they got entangled while running up the court.
Spurs: San Antonio’s previous largest home loss was 37 points against Phoenix on May 15, 2021. … Johnson was initially listed as questionable with right calf tightness. … San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich had his arm around Sochan’s waist and gave the rookie forward a nudge to go to the back with 7:20 left in the first half. Sochan seemed fine but frustrated. He did not return. … Vassell missed his fourth straight game with a sore left knee. … An MRI on Tuesday confirmed Wesley has a Grade 3 left MCL sprain. No determination has been made on the rookie point guard’s return, but that injury generally results in a player missing six to eight weeks. … Roby sat out with flulike symptoms.
Raptors: At Dallas on Friday.
Spurs: Close a four-game homestand Friday against Los Angeles Clippers.
Raul Dominguez, The Associated Press