Raptors dump Spurs, but Casey wants consistency
TORONTO – Dwane Casey liked what he saw from his Raptors, and wants to see it more often.
DeMar DeRozan scored 28 points, Kyle Lowry added 19 and Toronto stopped the San Antonio Spurs' four-game winning streak with a 97-94 victory on Wednesday night.
Casey has seen this before. Solid victories at Oklahoma City, at Washington and at Atlanta have been followed up by less-than-desirable efforts vs. Orlando, Phoenix and Denver.
So even a victory over the Spurs did little to make Casey smile.
"We have to build a consistent identity of playing this way if we're serious about doing anything," he said. "We can be up and down and get happy on the farm and do all this on one night and come back and lay an egg the next night. "
•JEFFERSON SUSPENDED: Kemba Walker and Marvin Williams scored 18 points apiece to lead the Hornets to their third consecutive victory, 99-81 over the Heat. The Hornets learned earlier in the day the NBA suspended injured center Al Jefferson for five games for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program. The former Timberwolf, out because of a strained left calf, will begin to serve the suspension when he returns to action.
•BUZZER-BEATER BARNES: Matt Barnes tossed in a desperation three-pointer from just inside midcourt with 1.1 seconds left to give the Grizzles a 93-92 victory over the Pistons in Auburn Hills, Mich.
•A MILLSAP MOMENT: Paul Millsap scored 20 points, including a jumper that capped Atlanta's game-turning run in the final minutes, and the Hawks beat the host Dallas Mavericks 98-95. The Hawks trailed 93-89 with 3:07 to play before Millsap scored four points in a 7-0 spurt.