Damian Lillard did not have his usual amazing game going against the San Antonio Spurs. Luckily, an unlikely force rallied the squad to a big win.
Gary Trent Jr. had 18 points, including 15 in the fourth quarter to lead the Portland Trail Blazers over the visiting Spurs, 125-117. Hassan Whiteside had 17 points and 23 rebounds as the Blazers held the Spurs to 44 percent shooting from the field. Trey Lyles led San Antonio with 23.
Here are tonight’s takeaways:
- Hello Mr. Trent Jr. Gary Trent was electric in the fourth period, going 5-of-5 from three and rallying the Blazers. CJ McCollum was in foul trouble much of the second half, but Trent stepped in and gave Portland the spark they needed to win.
- Solid Defense. Trevor Ariza had a good night containing DeMar DeRozan, holding him to 6-of-16 from the field. LaMarcus Aldridge was also held in check by Portland’s defense, going 9-of-23.
- Bench Ready to Help. The Portland bench scored 36, neutralizing the usual advantage the Spurs have: a deep roster. San Antonio came in with no team injuries, and yet the Blazers second unit was able to keep up when called upon.
Portland has a quick turnaround, playing at the Utah Jazz Friday night.