Spurs sweep aside Blazers
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) – Tony Parker poured in a game-high 30
points and Tim Duncan added 15, as San Antonio continued to ride momentum
toward the playoffs with a convincing 112-96 victory over Portland at the AT&T
The Spurs continued their domination of the Trail Blazers, winning their ninth
straight in the series. San Antonio has now won four straight and 23 of 26
“Five to go; everybody’s healthy and that’s good,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich
said. “It was a good win against a club that is young and headed in the right
direction. They have fine young players and they play hard. In the second
half, our defense was better.”
Manu Ginobili donated 12 points and Bruce Bowen collected 10 points for San
Antonio, which shot 59 percent from the floor and pulled away in the final
Portland continued its struggles without star forward Zach Randolph, dropping
its second straight after consecutive victories over Utah and Houston. Jarrett
Jack led the Trail Blazers with 19 points and eight assists, while Jamaal
Magloire also scored 19 points. Brandon Roy recorded 15 points with five
rebounds and four assists.
“As a team the Spurs really executed the fast break,” Roy said. “Tonight we
just ran out of gas. The Spurs kept making great runs tonight, but what else
do you expect for a championship team.”
San Antonio held an 83-76 lead entering the fourth quarter, but quickly took a
double-digit lead at 87-76 on Ginobili’s running layup. Duncan’s bank shot
from the left elbow increased the edge to 95-81 with just 6:35 to play.
Another Duncan shot off the glass made the score 100-83 with 5:20 to play and
the Spurs rolled to victory from there.
The Spurs led 32-19 after the first stanza, but Portland fought back in the
second with an 11-0 stretch. Magloire started the run with a slam off a pass
from Jack, then the guard finished it with a layup in traffic for a 49-45
deficit with 2:25 on the clock.
However, San Antonio increased their lead to 54-48 at the break.
Portland rookie forward LaMarcus Aldridge will miss the remainder of the
season after being diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome…Portland
has lost eight straight and 11 of 12 at San Antonio…The Spurs swept the
season series, 4-0…Portland never led, as the game featured four