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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Spurs Survive Raptors 100-98 at the Buzzer


TORONTO -- David Robinson scored 32 points and the Spurs gave up just 11 points in the fourth quarter as San Antonio pulled out a 100-98 victory over the Toronto Raptors.

Robinson had a crucial tip-in with 1:48 to go Monday that gave the Spurs a 98-95 lead and anchored a defense that allowed the Raptors just four baskets on 23 shots in the final period.

"David's still the man and he showed it again tonight. He's awesome," said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. "Our defense kept us in the game in the fourth."

Sean Elliott scored 17 points and rookie Tim Duncan added 15 for San Antonio, which overcame a 15-point second-quarter deficit to post its third consecutive victory.

Doug Christie scored 26 points and Damon Stoudamire added 20 and 13 assists for the Raptors. But Stoudamire's potential game-winning 3-pointer rattled in and out at the buzzer.

Toronto scored 10 of the first 12 points and built the lead to 15 during the second quarter.

Robinson scored eight of his points in the second to help the Spurs cut the deficit to 58-55 by halftime. But Christie scored nine in the third quarter as the Raptors rebuilt the lead to 87-81 before the San Antonio defense forced Toronto to shoot a miserable 17 percent from the field over the final 12 minutes.

Trail Blazers 86, Pistons 82. In Portland, Kenny Anderson scored 15 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter and added 11 assists as the Trail Blazers posted their fifth straight win, an 86-82 triumph over the Detroit Pistons, who have lost five in a row.

Anderson scored the Blazers' first seven points of the fourth quarter and their final five.

Arvydas Sabonis chipped in 20 points and Isaiah Rider added 12 for the Blazers, who are unbeaten since an opening night loss to Seattle.

Grant Hill scored 21 points for the Pistons, who fell to 2-5.


Atlanta center Dikembe Mutombo, who led the Hawks to a 6-0 start, Monday was named the first NBA player of the week for the 1997-98 season.

The 7-foot-2 Mutombo averaged 15.7 points, 12.8 rebounds and 4.83 blocked shots as the Hawks got off to the best start in team history. Mutombo, the 1997 Defensive Player of the Year, shot 52 percent (33 of 63) during an outstanding week, highlighted by last Wednesday's victory in Philadelphia in which the center scored 20 points, pulled down 16 rebounds, and blocked eight shots.


The NBA and its U.S. television partners have agreed on a contract worth at least $2.4 billion over four years, more than double the current deal.

The contract breaks down to at least $1.6 billion from the NBC network and $800 million from Turner Sports, two industry sources said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The deal was expected to be announced Tuesday after being approved by the NBA's Board of Governors.