Barry leads Spurs past Blazers
Portland, OR (Sports Network) – Brent Barry scored a season-high 23 points,
including 7-of-8 from beyond the arc, as the San Antonio Spurs cruised past
the Portland Trailblazers, 98-79, at the Rose Garden.
Manu Ginobili scored 16 points and Tony Parker added 14 points for the Spurs,
who now move one game ahead of the idle Dallas Mavericks for the lead in the
Southwest Division. Tim Duncan had a quiet evening, scoring only six points
while grabbing seven rebounds and assisting on six for San Antonio, who have
now won six of their last seven.
“Road wins are always great,” said Spurs head coach Greg Popovich. “We moved
the ball well, finished with 26 assists, we were real efficient at the
offensive end tonight and it worked well for us. Offensively, we moved the
ball, got a lot of people to participate, and thats great. Tim not scoring,
he doesn’t care. He had six assists tonight and led the team.”
Juan Dixon scored a game-high 24 points while Steve Blake and Zach Randolph
each added 11 for the Trailblazers, who have now dropped seven straight
“We were just out manned,” said Portland head coach Nate McMillan. “They’re
the world champs and we just couldn’t match up. They basically spread the
floor tonight and ran two sets. They allowed their guards—Parker and
Ginobili—to penetrate and they shot 12 for 21 from three-point range.
Those guards did a nice job.”
After an ugly first quarter, the Spurs established control of the game with a
10-2 run midway through the second quarter. Ginobili and Michael Finley each
hit three-pointers and Beno Udrih hit a reverse layup to put San Antonio
ahead, 37-25, with 4:23 to play in the second quarter. The Spurs extended
their lead to 16, 51-35, at halftime as Barry connected on five shots
from long distance in the quarter.
San Antonio maintained its double-digit cushion throughout the third quarter,
extending it to as much as 18 on multiple occasions, the last coming with 4:51
to play in the quarter on a Parker layup. Portland cut the lead to 12 at the
end of the quarter as it scored seven of the last nine points to end the
The Spurs put the game away early in the fourth quarter as they opened the
last stanza with a 9-2 run, including two more treys from Barry, who hit his
sixth and seventh shots from beyond the arc without a miss. The lead for San
Antonio was 19 points following the burst. The Spurs extended their lead to as
many as 22. Portland only got as close as 17 points the rest of the way.
The Spurs have won all four meetings between the two teams this
season…Portland never led at any point of the game…Finley contributed 10
points off the bench for the Spurs…The Spurs shot 53.3 percent from the
floor while Portland hit on only 43.1 percent of its shots.