The Portland Trail Blazers put together yet another lackluster effort on Sunday night against the San Antonio Spurs, losing 131-118 behind 34 points from DeMar DeRozan and another 29 from LaMarcus Aldridge. The Blazers were led by Damian Lillard’s 37 points, 16 of which came in the first quarter. The Spurs shot 60% from the field and 73% from distance on the night.
Here are a few key takeaways from tonight’s game:
- Riding the struggle bus. Portland has now lost two in-a-row and five of their last six. San Antonio entered the game in a tailspin of their own, but tonight’s double-digit victory could put them back on the right track.
- Blazers bench MIA. Once again, the Blazers did not get enough out of their second unit. With Evan Turner out due to injury, the Blazers bench combined for just 13 points, compared to the 31 of the Spurs’ subs.
- Aminu steps up. Al-Farouq Aminu scored 20 points on 7-9 shooting, including 4-5 from three. The performance marks the first time in his career with back-to-back 20 point efforts.
The Blazers continue their Texas two-step against the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday. Stay tuned for more analysis on tonight’s game from Steve Dewald.