Tuesday , Mar , 06 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Spurs aim to pound Portland, again

(Sports Network) – The red-hot San Antonio Spurs go for their 10th straight
victory when they visit the Portland Trail Blazers tonight at the Rose Garden.

San Antonio plays the third of a four-game road trip. On Monday, Manu Ginobili
led five players in double figures with 16 points as the Spurs defeated the
Los Angeles Clippers, 88-74, at the Staples Center.

Beno Udrih added 14 points, Brent Barry netted 11 and Jacque Vaughn and
Michael Finley both ended with 10 points in the victory for the Spurs, who
won their ninth straight without the services of Tony Parker, who missed the
contest with a left hip flexor.

All-Star forward Tim Duncan scored just nine points on 4-of-9 from the floor
and pulled down 12 rebounds in the win for San Antonio.

Parker is doubtful for tonight’s contest. He is averaging 18.7 points and a
team-best 5.5 assists per game. The 6-2 Parker has missed two straight
contests.

The Spurs are 22-10 on the road this season. They are scheduled to visit the
Sacramento Kings on Thursday at ARCO Arena.

Portland plays the third of a four-game homestand. On Saturday, Kevin Martin
scored 33 points and Ron Artest netted 23 and pulled down nine rebounds to
lift the Sacramento Kings to a 104-96 win over the Trail Blazers at the Rose
Garden.

Zach Randolph had 24 points and 12 rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who lost
for the third time in four contests overall. Rookie Brandon Roy ended with 15
points and seven assists, while Martell Webster scored 14 and Jarrett Jack
netted 13 in defeat.

The Trail Blazers are 14-16 at home this season. After Tuesday’s contest,
Portland will not return to the court until March 11th when it hosts the
Golden State Warriors.

This is the third and final meeting of the campaign between the squads. San
Antonio won the two previous contests.

The Spurs have won seven in a row and 14 of the last 15 contests in the
series. San Antonio has won three straight and seven of its last eight at
Portland.

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