Spurs 105, Raptors 104: What they said after the game

San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan (10) leaves the Raptors standing as he makes a 360 move to score during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points, Rudy Gay had 15 and the San Antonio Spurs rallied from an 18-point deficit to beat the Toronto Raptors 105-104 on Sunday.

San Antonio used a big fourth quarter to win for the third time in four games. Derrick White scored 13 points for the Spurs, and LaMarcus Aldridge had 11. DeRozan also collected eight rebounds and four assists while topping 20 points for the 11th straight game.

San Antonio trailed 82-69 to begin the fourth but opened the quarter with a 19-5 run, taking an 88-87 lead on Aldridge's layup with 6:34 to play.

After a Toronto timeout, Siakam missed a shot that would have tied the game. San Antonio's Lonnie Walker IV grabbed the rebound, Lowry fouled DeRozan, and the former Raptors star pushed the lead to four points by making a pair from the line.

Lowry replied with a deep 3, cutting the deficit to one, and Aldridge missed a pair of free throws with four seconds left, but Siakam's long 3-pointer bounced off the backboard at the buzzer.

Here is a small sample of what the teams said after the game:


Gregg Popovich: "Didn’t really make a lot of shots but I thought defensively we gave ourselves an opportunity to win, and it worked out."

DeMar DeRozan: "Being down what we were down, to fight back and pull it out, especially on the road."

Jakob Poeltl: "They got a little stagnant on offense, which is exactly what we wanted them to do."


Nick Nurse: "I think there was a pretty decent three presenting itself pretty early in the offence and we probably took a bunch of those."

Pascal Siakam: "They (Spurs) did a good job running in transition and making shots. I think we got a little sloppy."

Kyle Lowry: "We didn’t go to our zone offense. A lot of things went spiraling downhill."

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(AP contributed to this post)