No Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet or Gary Trent Jr., and the Toronto Raptors were still able to hold off a late comeback from the San Antonio Spurs to pull off a win.
If you missed any of the action, we had you covered with live updates, highlights, stats and more from tonight's contest.
Toronto Raptors vs. San Antonio Spurs: Live score, updates, news, stats and highlights
Final: Raptors 117, Spurs 112
Behind 22 points from OG Anunoby and a 20-point, 11-rebound double-double from Pascal Siakam, the Raptors fended off a late comeback from the Spurs to come away with a win. Toronto's two new frontcourt additions, Khem Birch (14 points, 6 rebounds) and Freddie Gillespie (9 points, 8 rebounds), provided some quality minutes, while Chris Boucher's 12 points and 12 rebounds also made an impact. Rookie Malachi Flynn had some clutch buckets down the stretch, going for 16 points and seven assists.
For San Antonio, it was Derrick White's second-half flurry - finishing with a game-high 25 points - that nearly brought his team back into this one. DeMar DeRozan had an impressive 19 points and 11 assists against his former team, but the Spurs didn't have enough to complete the comeback.
The @Raptors WIN at home as they top San Antonio 117-112!- NBA Canada (@NBACanada) April 15, 2021
OG Anunoby: 22 PTS, 4 3PT, 4 REB
Pascal Siakam: 20 PTS, 11 REB, 6 AST
Malachi Flynn: 16 PTS, 3 3PT, 7 AST
Khem Birch: 14 PTS, 6 REB, 2 BLK
Chris Boucher: 12 PTS, 2 3PT, 12 REB
Game of the Week is presented by @Bell. pic.twitter.com/EI7b1eN6Lt
The Raptors will not make this easy. They remain in the lead, 117-112, with just eight seconds to play. A clutch 3-pointer from Dejounte Murray pulled the Spurs within one possession, but Pascal Siakam knocked down a pair of free throws to put his team up by five.
The Raptors are trying to fend off the Spurs, holding a 96-90 lead with 7:31 remaining in the game. Derrick White is doing everything he can to will his team back into this one, up to 19 points after knocking down a pair of 3s.
Derrick's dialed in from deep with FIVE triples and counting! 🏹- San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) April 15, 2021
Raptors 96, Spurs 90 with 7:31 to go. pic.twitter.com/GmYi1xqgUj
End of third quarter: Raptors 85, Spurs 82
We have a good finish on our hands in Tampa. The Spurs cut into the Raptors' lead but Toronto still holds a three-point advantage heading into the final frame.
OG Anunoby has a game-high 20 points, stepping up in a big way while also defending DeMar DeRozan on the other end. He's holding DeRozan in check as a scorer (he has just 10 points while shooting 3-for-7 from the field) but he is flirting with a double-double with nine assists through three quarters.
Oh, and San Antonio's reserve big man Drew Eubanks just threw down the dunk of the game.
OH MY DREW 😱 pic.twitter.com/MORA9n7iDi- San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) April 15, 2021
The Raptors remain in the lead 75-73 with just under three minutes left in the frame , but here come the Spurs. San Antonio has rattled off a 7-0 run to jump right back into this game, and DeMar DeRozan is starting to get going. He had been held in check to this point, but he's starting to make an impact as a playmaker with eight assists. He's also up to nine points on an efficient 3-for-5 from the field.
𝙨𝙤 𝙨𝙢𝙤𝙤𝙤𝙤𝙤𝙩𝙝, @DeMar_DeRozan 😯 pic.twitter.com/FHYLgNZuCV- San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) April 15, 2021
Halftime: Raptors 58, Spurs 57
The Raptors have taken the lead in a tight one as Pascal Siakam is starting to get going. He's up to 10 points on the night to go with a stuffed stat sheet of six rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block in the first half. Chris Boucher has also provided some strong minutes from the power forward position, chipping in 10 points and five boards. Yuta Watanabe has been a difference-maker for Toronto's second unit, going for eight points, two boards and one block off the bench.
For the Spurs, Patty Mills continues to let it fly with a team-high 17 points off the bench. He has already knocked down five 3-pointers, making up for a lacklustre performance from San Antonio's starters. DeMar DeRozan has done a little bit of everything with seven points, four assists, two rebounds and a steal.
Skills 👀 Freddie pic.twitter.com/HX83o5oHHh- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) April 15, 2021
End of first quarter: Spurs 32, Raptors 30
The Spurs lead after one quarter thanks to the bench spark of Patty Mills. The microwave scorer did what he does best, scoring 11 quick points in just five minutes of playing time to give San Antonio a jolt. The Raptors received good minutes from reserve forward Freddie Gillespie, who had three points, four rebounds and one assist in five minutes off the bench.
Back-to-back triples for @Patty_Mills! 💦 pic.twitter.com/yNXasWLWfC- San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) April 14, 2021
After getting out to a slow start, the Raptors have taken a 21-17 lead with 5:25 to play in the quarter. OG Anunoby is heating up from 3-point range, shooting 3-for-4 with 11 points thus far.
OG locked in pic.twitter.com/tw8SkQVFXX- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) April 14, 2021
Stop me if you've seen this before. DeMar DeRozan gets Khem Birch to bite on a pump fake and finishes the pull-up jumper for an and-one.
DeMar doing what DeMar DOES!- NBA Canada (@NBACanada) April 14, 2021
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The Raptors will start a super-sized lineup of Malachi Flynn, OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam, Chris Boucher and Khem Birch.
Tonight's @Invisalign starting lineup. #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/NKVw8nv9Cy- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) April 14, 2021
The Spurs will start Dejounte Murray, Derrick White, DeMar DeRozan, Keldon Johnson and Jakob Poeltl.
Starting unit!#GoSpursGo pic.twitter.com/Um5VvWz9ZM- San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) April 14, 2021
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