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Raptors Overcome Second Half Spurs Push, Win on Dark Day for the NBA

The first 48 seconds of the game were to pay tribute to one of the game’s greatest.

This morning, Kobe Bryant and his 13-year old daughter Gianna passed away in a horrible helicopter crash in California. Only a couple of hours later, the Toronto Raptors and San Antonio Spurs were forced to play a regular season basketball game that felt as meaningless as any in recent memory.

The Raptors came away with a 110-106 victory, but in the grand scheme of things, it meant very little – it was overshadowed by tragic news that has shaken the basketball world to its core.

The game itself was an interesting one.

The Raptors looked to have full control in the first quarter. Pascal Siakam scored a franchise-high 25 points in the frame en route to a 35 point in night. After the first quarter, the Spurs began mounting a comeback and as they did in both team’s first meeting of the season, they were able to take the lead in the fourth quarter.

Things turned out different this time around, as the Raptors locked in defensively and snapped out of their offensive skid. Behind a few key plays from Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet, the Raptors overtook the lead and held on for their seventh straight victory.

Improving to 32-14, the Raptors now have sole possession of the second seed in the Eastern Conference. They will take on the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night with hopes to extend their streak.

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