FINAL: San Antonio Spurs 124, Portland Trail Blazers 89

"They refused to pull my finger. Wipe them out. All of them."

Remember earlier this season when the Portland Trail Blazers played the San Antonio Spurs B-Team, and destroyed them like Lando Calrissian taking on the Death Star? Yeah, reverse the roles tonight. The Spurs had no interest in letting the Blazers stay close, punishing them hard and early, leaving Blazer fans plenty of time to remember better days. Like what happened one year ago tonight.

Wesley Matthews was the leading scorer for the Blazers, with 24 points off 3-6 three point shooting and 4 steals. JJ Hickson added another double double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Raymond Felton returned to the starting lineup, contributing 13 points and 7 assists.

The Spurs already led 8-0 as the fans were getting seated. In response, the Blazers played hard, with energy at both ends, but couldn't hit a shot, losing 12-6 at the 6 minute mark. The Spurs turned on the afterburners out of the timeout. 3 minutes later, the Spurs led, 24-10. The lead reached 17, but settled at 13 after the first.

San Antonio extended the lead to 19 behind Tiago Splitter, but a Jonny Flynn three-pointer cut the lead back to 12 early in the second. After a timeout, Babbitt added a three to get the lead under 10, only for the Spurs to respond with two straight three's. Things went downhill from there, including a very weird foul before the buzzer, leading to a 22 point Spurs lead at halftime.

Danny Green made the lead 25 to start the third. The lead was 25 at the end of the third. The only thing you missed was a bunch of slumped Blazer shoulders, and the last time you'll see Tim Duncan in a Blazer game this season, as he headed to rest on the bench.

In the fourth quarter, lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Fusce molestie ligula ut eros tempus in. Come on, seriously? You're still reading? The game was over. Patty hit a couple open three's and the Spurs dominated in front of their wonderfully enthusiastic crowd. Woo hoo.

Don't bother with the box score or the standings, but definitely stay tuned for Dave's recap later, should be fun. The Blazers finish the season Thursday, with a possibly-meaningful game in Utah. -- Tim

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