Spurs rally, top Raptors in OT without Duncan

TORONTO (AP) -- Even without Tim Duncan, the streaking San

Antonio Spurs were able to slip by the Raptors.

Tony Parker had 32 points and a season-high 13 assists, Michael

Finley scored six of his 23 points in overtime, and the Spurs beat

Toronto 125-118 on Wednesday night for their seventh straight win.

Duncan missed his first game of the season because of flu-like

symptoms, but Parker played one of best games of his career --

coming up one assist and six points short of career highs.

"It was even more important for us to win without Tim," Finley

said. "We showed what type of team we are with one of our main

ingredients not even playing, so when he comes back it will give us

an added boost of confidence."

Sean Marks had a career-high 16 points for the Spurs, who have

also won seven straight on the road. A win over New Jersey on

Friday night would match the longest road winning streak in

franchise history.

"We always seem like we come together when we go on the road,"

Parker said.

The Spurs are on an eight-game road trip because of a rodeo at

SBC Center.

Chris Bosh had 30 points and 14 rebounds for the Raptors.

Mike James had 36 points, but he missed two free throws and had

two of his shots blocked in the final 2 minutes of overtime.

"It's about making plays. You got to make plays at the end of

the game," James said. "They were basically double teaming Bosh.

It was hard to get him the ball at the end of the game. Guys got to

step up, even if we can't force him the ball, guys got to step up

and make plays."

Finley's 3-pointer and jumper gave San Antonio a 120-114 lead

with just over 2 minutes left in the extra period.

James had a chance to cut the lead to two with 1:50 left, but he

missed both of his free throws.

Bruce Bowen blocked James' layup attempt with 48 seconds left,

and Nazr Mohammed blocked another shot by James with just over 20

seconds remaining.

Finley and Manu Ginobili added four free throws in the final 14

seconds to seal the victory.

Toronto's Antonio Davis, acquired from New York last Friday,

received a mixed reaction in his first game back with Toronto.

Davis struggled, missing a couple of key shots and turning the ball

over down the stretch.

"I have to do a lot better than I did tonight. I understand

that," Davis said.

Finley's consecutive 3-pointers gave San Antonio a 92-78 lead

early in the fourth, but Morris Peterson's 3-pointer cut it to two

with 4:13 left

The teams repeatedly traded baskets down the stretch of


James scored nine points in the final 3:06.

After Rasho Nesterovic's dunk gave San Antonio a 114-112 lead,

Davis tied it with a tip-in with 38 seconds left.

Charlie Villanueva blocked Bowen's jumper just before the end of


Bowen capped a 14-6 run that gave San Antonio a 16-point lead in

the first half -- its biggest lead of the game. Parker had 12 points

and eight assists as the Spurs shot 60 percent and led 54-44 at

halftime.Game notes
Robert Horry returned for the Spurs after missing eight of

the last nine games due to an abdominal strain, and started in

Duncan's place. ... The Raptors played back-to-back overtime games

for just the second time in their history. They lost to Los Angeles

on Sunday. ... Indianapolis Colts kicker Mike Vanderjagt sat

courtside. Vanderjagt missed a potential game-tying 46-yard field

goal try late in Pittsburgh's playoff upset victory last month.