The Portland Trail Blazers lost its fifth game in a row, and ninth in ten games Friday, getting blown out 110-90 by the San Antonio Spurs in front of a frustrated home crowd. LaMarcus Aldridge and Patty Mills enjoyed “revenge games” of sorts, and Kawhi Leonard was too much to handle as the Spurs put on a clinic.
Late in the game, Damian Lillard rolled his ankle and was in visible pain. His status is unknown.
After staying even for the opening period, the Blazers fell into a mighty cold spell for most of the second quarter, managing only 18 points and falling behind by double-digits as the Spurs feasted. Kawhi Leonard was a handful and scored a dozen as San Antonio shot 70% from downtown in the half to hold on to a comfortable lead heading into the locker room.
Portland Trail Blazers 45, San Antonio Spurs 57
After a slow start C.J. McCollum started to come alive in the third quarter, knocking down a trio of treys, but the Blazers made little headway mounting a comeback. The Spurs kept riding Leonard, Aldridge and Mills who put on an offensive schooling that kept Portland comfortably at bay.
A scary moment occurred midway through the fourth quarter when Lillard came down awkwardly onto Dewayne Dedmon’s foot - amazingly, though, he stayed in the game after the timeout.
Portland never threatened in the second half and San Antonio cruised to an easy win.
The Blazers will have to hope Santa brings them something nice before they host the Toronto Raptors Monday, 7 p.m at the Moda Center.
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