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Parker scores 26 to help Spurs get past Raptors
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San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Manu Ginobili, left, of Argentina, defends against Toronto Raptors forward Patrick Patterson during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)
December 23, 2013, 11:12 pm

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Tony Parker had 26 points and eight assists and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Toronto Raptors 112-99 Monday night.

Manu Ginobili had 18 points and Danny Green was 4 for 6 on 3-pointers in scoring 14 points for San Antonio (21-7). Kawhi Leonard added 13 points and 10 rebounds after missing Saturday's game due to a dental procedure.

Kyle Lowry and Terrence Ross had 23 points each and DeMar DeRozan added 13 points for Toronto (11-15).

The Raptors had won two straight and four of five entering Monday's game. They got within three or less on numerous occasions in the second half, but couldn't complete the rallies against the Spurs.

Toronto trailed 57-56 after DeRozan's 3 with 9:22 left in the third quarter, but Parker and Tim Duncan combined for eight points to rebuilding San Antonio's lead to 67-59.

After missing his first two attempts, Green hit a pair of 3s to put San Antonio up 90-80 with just under 8 minutes remaining.

The bench again provided San Antonio a lift, with Ginobili and Patty Mills each hitting a 3 as the reserves outscored their peers 18-2 in the second quarter. Ginobili's 3 gave the Spurs their largest lead at 52-43 with 2:20 remaining in the half.

NOTES: DeRozan was assessed a technical foul with 4:33 remaining in the first quarter for continuing to argue a continuation call against him after official Lauren Holtkamp warned him, "That's enough." . The Spurs recalled G Nando De Colo and F Malcolm Thomas from their developmental team in Austin. De Colo had 31 points, nine assists, six rebounds and four steals in a 131-94 victory over the Delaware 87ers on Saturday. . Former Spurs C David Robinson received a loud ovation, including applause from officials Holtkamp, Danny Crawford and Tony Brown, when he appeared on the big screen at midcourt to acknowledge his military service.

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