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Blazers vs. Spurs Final Score: 111-95; Portland Takes Season Series Versus San Antonio

Six players scored in double figures as Portland overpowered the visiting Spurs.

Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

Wesley Matthews had 31 points, Nicolas Batum added 15 points, 9 assists, and 4 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers won the season series over the San Antonio Spurs with a 111-95 win Wednesday night at Moda Center.

The first quarter was defined by two things: brutal defense and Batum.  Batum did everything and then some in the period, scoring ten points, grabbing three rebounds, dishing two assists, grabbing two steals which led to fast break points, and even swatted away a drive to the hoop by Marco Belinelli.  Portland as a team shot 59% in the period as they rocketed out to a 16 point advantage. The other factor was a defensive presence that the crafty Spurs seemingly could not crack.  San Antonio starters not named Tim Duncan shot 0-for-7 in the period, and other than Duncan, the Spurs shot 3-of-15 in total.  With everything going their way, Portland led by 16 after one.

Portland got to watch its lead swell to 19 in the second quarter, only for it to vanish entirely.  While the Blazers continued to hit many of their shots, San Antonio simply hit all of theirs.  The Spurs shot 65% in the quarter, including four 3s, and forced a 48-48 tie.  Damian Lillard countered with a three of his own to give Portland the lead back, but turnovers continued to give the Blazers problems, and they led by just one at halftime.  Lillard led all Blazers in the second quarter with five points.

The Blazers repeated their first quarter performance in the third period, with less Batum and more scoring from just about everyone.  Lillard led everyone in the quarter with eight, but multiple players had at least three.  San Antonio remaining pesky, hanging around just out of reach, but Portland secured a ten point advantage going into the final period.

The visitors started the fourth quarter with back-to-back threes from Danny Green and Patty Mills, cutting the lead to four.  When the Blazers needed someone to stop the bleeding, "The Iron Man" stepped in.  Prior to that point, he had not hit a three-point shot since the second quarter versus Utah on February 20th.  Matthews drained back-to-back threes of his own to re-extend the Portland advantage to twelve.  With the Blazers stemming the tide, Chris Kaman went to work with solid effort in a four-point possession with strong offensive rebounding.  San Antonio cut the lead back to single digits by getting to the free throw line, but a three by Lillard and a fast break layup by Matthews put the game out of reach.  Matthews scored 16 in the final quarter.

Kaman led the bench with 11 points.  Aaron Afflalo had 10 points in his second game with Portland.  The Blazers had six players in double figures, with Matthews leading the team with a season-high 31 points.  Alonzo Gee made his Portland debut with 1:20 remaining with the game out of reach.


Post-Game Reaction

VIDEO: Nicolas Batum starts the fast break with a steal and finishes with a one-handed dunk.

VIDEO: Wesley Matthews catches the long outlet pass from Nicolas Batum and finishes with a tough layup while being fouled.