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Blazers vs. Spurs Final Score: 108-95; Robin Lopez Breaks Hand in Victory

The Portland Trail Blazers fought past San Antonio at home Monday night while preparing for the rematch in San Antonio on Friday. But they lost Robin Lopez with a fractured hand.

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UPDATE: Robin Lopez suffered a broken hand while going for a rebound. He will be out "for a while", per Terry Stotts.

Portland may have gotten the win, but questions linger on what the Blazers can do when San Antonio is at full strength.

The Portland Trail Blazers fought past San Antonio at home Monday night while preparing for the rematch in San Antonio on Friday. The Spurs were without Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, and Tiago Splitter, and the Blazers looked tired coming off a five-game road trip.

Damian Lillard had 23 points and a career-high 10 rebounds, LaMarcus Aldridge had 23 points and 14 boards.

The energy level for the first quarter could not have been lower, as it honestly seemed as though both teams were exhausted. Wesley Matthews scored 10 in the first, but the other starters combined to shoot 3-of-10 for six points.  Will Barton hit a three at the buzzer as the bench helped keep the Spurs at bay, leading 23-20 after one.

The teams traded runs in the second quarter, with an 8-0 Portland run matched by an 11-2 San Antonio streak.  Joel Freeland and Chris Kaman had a solid quarter of work versus San Antonio's undersized front line, with the duo combining for six points and four rebounds in the period.  Lillard came alive, scoring eight in the period along with snatching two steals, but left near the end of the quarter with an apparent ankle injury.  Steve Blake replaced Lillard. Despite Lillard's exit, the Blazers led by five at halftime.  Lillard would return for the second half after having his ankle taped.

The start of the second half was a good news/bad news situation.  The good news was that LaMarcus Aldridge showed he was the best player on the court for either team, scoring 14 points in the period, grabbing two offensive rebounds, and leading the Blazers to an eight point lead after three quarters.  The bad news was for Robin Lopez, whose hand hit the head of Boris Diaw.  Lopez removed himself from the game and went into the locker room for examination.  He did not return.

While Lillard and Aldridge cooled off a bit in the fourth, the bench continued to be a factor.  Joel Freeland had four, Chris Kaman had 4 of his 11, and Thomas Robinson got in on the action in relief of Lopez.  Kyle Anderson had a career-high 15 for San Antonio, but it was not enough as Portland sealed the victory.

Matthews finished with 14.  Allen Crabbe had eight off the bench, while Robinson had 7.


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