Parker scores 32 to lead Spurs past Raptors
TORONTO — Dwane Casey isn’t second guessing his coaching decisions after the Raptors’ fourth straight loss.
Instead of riding the hot hand of Ed Davis, who had a season-high 15 points and 14 rebounds off the bench, Casey stuck with Andrea Bargnani through two overtimes Sunday, even as the Italian finished 2-for-19 in Toronto’s 111-106 loss to the San Antonio Spurs.
“Ed played well tonight and he made good of his minutes,” said Casey. “I was really happy for him. You can second guess me for not getting him back in (overtime), but I’ve got to go with Andrea come hell or high water.
“He’s our guy.”
Bargnani was coming off a night in which he had a season-high 34 points while shooting 13-of-20 in a 91-90 loss at Detroit on Friday night.
Sunday, however, was a polar opposite as Bargnani had just two points through four quarters. He then shot 1-of-4 in overtime while missing two wide open chances from three point range.
“The shots today were terrible, I don’t think I’ve shot this bad in my NBA career, so what can you do?” said Bargnani. “You got to shoot, that’s the right thing to do. Today was definitely a very bad night. Maybe the worst.”
Tony Parker scored seven of his game-high 32 points in double overtime while Tim Duncan added 26 for the Spurs (11-3), who improved to 3-0 on their current seven-game road trip.
“I love the character of our team because that’s two games that we were not shooting the ball well and we got the wins,” said Parker. “It could’ve gone either way. Toronto is a very good team.”
DeMar DeRozan led Toronto (3-11) with 29 points while rookie Jonas Valanciunas added a career-high 22 points with seven rebounds and three blocks.
Kyle Lowry added 20 points for the Raptors, who have lost their past three games by a combined seven points.
With just nine tenths of a second remaining, DeRozan forced a second overtime when he drove the basket and put in his own rebound to tie the game at 97.
Tied 88-88 with a one-tenth of a second remaining in regulation, Jose Calderon in-bounded to Andrea Bargnani, whose no-look attempt as time expired didn’t register as a shot on the score sheet, sending the game into overtime.