Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports
Credit John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Fred VanVleet scored 24 of his 33 points in the first half and had seven assists as the Toronto Raptors defeated the visiting San Antonio Spurs 129-104 Tuesday night.

Player of the Game
Fred  VanVleet
EFF
32
Fred VanVleet
Points 33
Accuracy 12-23
Rebounds 2
Assists 7

VanVleet, who was 7 of 14 in 3-point attempts, has scored more than 30 points in each of the past three games as the Raptors have improved their record to .500 for the season, at 17-17.

Pascal Siakam added 18 points, 12 rebounds and five assists for the Raptors, who have won three straight. Gary Trent Jr. contributed 21 points; OG Anunoby and Justin Champagnie each scored 14; Scottie Barnes had 11 points, nine rebounds and eight assists; and Precious Achiuwa had 10 points.

Former Raptor Jakob Poeltl scored 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Spurs, who have lost four in a row. Devin Vassell and Joshua Primo each scored 15 points, Joe Wieskamp tallied 13 and Derrick White scored 12.

San Antonio has four games remaining on a seven-game road trip. Toronto finished a four-game homestand with a 3-1 record.

Toronto led 30-29 after one quarter and used a 9-0 run to take a 14-point lead with 4:09 remaining in the second quarter. Siakam's 3-pointer stretched the margin to 16 with 1:43 left. Toronto led 68-53 at halftime.

VanVleet's 3-pointer gave Toronto a 17-point lead with 10:51 left in the third quarter. The Spurs cut the deficit to 13, but the Raptors pulled ahead by 18 on Siakam's dunk.

Jock Landale's cutting layup with 3:22 remaining in the third quarter trimmed the deficit to 10. Toronto responded with a 9-0 run that was capped by Chris Boucher's free throw. White finished the third-quarter scoring with a dunk and foul shot to cut the deficit to 97-81.

The Raptors started the fourth quarter on a 9-3 surge to bump the margin to 22 points.

The Spurs were without Devontae Cacok, Doug McDermott and Lonnie Walker because of health and safety protocols, and Dejounte Murray (return to competition reconditioning).

Toronto was without Yuta Watanabe and Svi Mykhailiuk because of COVID-19 protocols.

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Toronto Raptors
San Antonio Spurs
47%
45/96
Field goals
43%
41/95
57
Rebounds
62
30
Assists
27
13
Steals
6
20
Fouls
23
8
Blocks
3

Best players

Fred  VanVleet
33 PTS
12/23 FG
2/2 FT
Jakob  Poeltl
19 PTS
9/13 FG
1/5 FT
Pascal  Siakam
12 REB
10 DREB
2 OREB
Jakob  Poeltl
12 REB
8 DREB
4 OREB
Scottie  Barnes
8 As
1 TO
33 MIN
San Antonio Spurs
Few players
4 As
Fred  VanVleet
32 EFF
56% 2P%
50% 3P%
Jakob  Poeltl
25 EFF
69% 2P%
- 3P%