TORONTO – DeJuan Blair matched a career high by scoring 16 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter, George Hill had 18 points and the San Antonio Spurs won their fourth straight game, beating the Toronto Raptors 111-100 on Wednesday night.
Blair also had 11 rebounds for the Spurs, whose 44-8 record is the best in the NBA. His previous best was 22 points, set in a Jan. 19 home win over Toronto. He also scored 28 against Oklahoma City on Jan. 13, 2010.
Trailing by three points to begin the final quarter, the Spurs opened the fourth with a 9-2 run, forcing Toronto to call timeout after a 3-pointer by Matt Bonner with 10:22 left put San Antonio up 90-86. The Spurs scored six of the next eight points following the stoppage to 96-88 with 8:25 to go.
Bargnani scored 13 points in the opening quarter while Parker made all five shots he took in the first as the Spurs took a 31-29 lead after 12 minutes.
Toronto trailed 52-43 with 3:55 left in the half but DeRozan scored on three straight possessions to help cut the deficit to 60-56 at the break.
San Antonio extended its lead to 70-62 with 6:55 left in the third before Toronto battled back, taking advantage of five straight Spurs misses. A 3-pointer by Bargnani gave the Raptors a 73-72 lead at 4:15, putting Toronto in front for the first time since the opening quarter. The Raptors led 84-81 heading into the fourth.
Toronto's Johnson limped off midway through the first after spraining his right ankle, but returned to start the second.
San Antonio rookie Tiago Splitter left late in the third with a strained left hamstring and did not return.
Notes: Hall of Fame pitcher Ferguson Jenkins sat courtside and was honored as the Raptors marked Black History Month. ... Former Blue Jays second baseman Roberto Alomar watched the game from a luxury suite. ... The Spurs lost their two previous visits to Toronto.