Raptors deliver impressive comeback against the Spurs
November 7, 2023
Late in the first half in San Antonio, Texas on Sunday, the San Antonio Spurs had a comfortable 54-32 lead over the Toronto Raptors. I, for one, shut the game off to focus on the vey exciting NFC East battle between the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles.
Well, shutting off the NBA game on Sunday, was an error on my part. In the second half, the Spurs were unable to protect their 22-point lead, and ended up losing 123-116 to the Raptors in overtime.
This was the second time this week that a NBA team was unable to protect a 22-point lead. On Wednesday, the New Orleans Pelicans were once down 47-25 to the Oklahoma City Thunder, only to come back and win that game too by a score of 110-106. Ironically, I started watching that game as well, and shut it off, to focus on game five of the World Series between the Texas Rangers and Arizona Diamondbacks (night Texas won the World Series four games to one), and the National Hockey League match between the Calgary Flames and Dallas Stars. The moral of this story is a 22-point lead in the NBA moment is simply not safe.
On Sunday, Scottie Barnes of Deerfield Beach, Florida led the Raptors in scoring with 30 points. He also had a double-double, as he added 11 rebounds. Center Jakob Poeltl of Vienna, Austria also had a double-double, as he had 16 points and 10 rebounds. Three more Raptors reached double digits in scoring. O.G. Anunoby of London, England, and Dennis Schroder of Braunschweig, Germany had 24 points each, while Gary Trent Jr. of Apple Valley, Minnesota had 10 points.
With the win, the Raptors improved to a record of three wins and four losses. Their prior wins this season came in a 97-94 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, and a 130-111 win over the Milwaukee Bucks, when they were a six-point underdog.
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