Spurs pull away from Portland
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) – Tim Duncan had 22 points, 15 rebounds and
three blocks as the San Antonio Spurs crushed the Portland Trail Blazers,
101-81, at the AT&T Center.
Tony Parker added 18 points and five assists and Manu Ginobili scored 13
points and pulled down six rebounds for the Spurs, who have won six straight
Zach Randolph poured in a game-high 24 points and also pulled down nine boards
and Darius Miles netted 16 for the Blazers, who have lost seven of their last
“We just lost. We played a good game but in the fourth quarter we just let
ourselves get out of the game,” said Miles. “We fought for a good three
quarters and in the fourth quarter they showed that they are the champs.”
Randolph’s three-pointer gave the Blazers a 58-55 lead in the third quarter,
but the Spurs came back with a 10-0 run, including eight points from Parker,
to move in front, 65-58.
San Antonio held a 69-65 lead heading into the final frame.
The Spurs opened up the fourth quarter with an 11-5 spurt, highlighted by
consecutive treys from Brent Barry, Beno Udrih and Ginobili to extend
the lead to 80-70.
Randolph’s three-point play capped five straight points for the Blazers and
brought them within 80-75 with 6:44 to play.
However, San Antonio closed the game with a 21-6 streak, with six points
coming from Michael Finley, and Duncan and Barry scoring five apiece, to run
away with the game.
Portland led 24-21 after 12 minutes of play, but the Spurs pulled in front in
the second period and held a 47-45 at the half.
San Antonio connected on 51 percent of its shots, while the Blazers shot 38
percent from the floor…Udrih finished with 11 points and Barry had 10
points, six boards and four assists…The Spurs have won four in a row and 11
of the last 12 meetings…Portland has lost six straight and nine of the last
10 at San Antonio…The Spurs are 26-3 at home and have won seven straight,
while the Blazers are 6-23 on the road and have lost four in a row.