Jonas Valanciunas, Amir Johnson make big plays (GIFs)


Dec 10, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors forward-center Amir Johnson (15) and forward Austin Daye (5) defend against San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) during the first half at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

The San Antonio Spurs knocked off the Toronto Raptors with relative ease on Tuesday night after falling behind by 12 at the end of the first quarter. The Spurs outscored the Raptors 65-38 in the second and third quarters and cruised to an easy win down the stretch.

However, the big highlights of the day belonged to the Raptors with the two best plays of the game coming during the first half while the Raptors had the lead.

First, Raptors’ big man Jonas Valanciunas sets a pick for point guard Kyle Lowry. Lowry receives a pass from shooting guard DeMar DeRozan, who finds a cutting Valanciunas. Valanciunas takes flight and throws one down over Spurs’ big man Jeff Ayres. Ayres is filling in for an injured Tiago Splitter.

Later in the half, Spurs’ swingman Kawhi Leonard beats Raptors’ forward Austin Daye off of the dribble, but as he goes up for what appears to be a dunk or layup, Raptors’ big man Amir Johnson swats him at the rim.