Video: Spurs vs. Trail Blazers Highlights

By Quixem Ramirez


The San Antonio Spurs hadn’t won in the Rose Garden since Apr. 6, 2008 and Portland was determined to continue that streak.

Portland received four — that’s right, four — points from their reserves. The 59-point differential in bench points put them in a hole. That hole was nearly closed by the Blazers top three scorers in LaMarcus Aldridge, Nicolas Batum and Damian Lillard, who accounted for 82 of 109 points.

Gary Neal scored a team-high 27 points. 15 of his points came in the final period as the Spurs scored 39 points to stave off a furious rally in the final minutes. Lillard, Batum and Wesley Mathews each connected on a 3-pointer to bring the deficit to a single point.

Tim Duncan, finishing with 22 points and nine rebounds, responded with a layup as the shot clock was winding down. Batum’s fifth 3-pointer of the night tied the game at 109 with 40.5 seconds remaining.

On the ensuing possession, Manu Ginobili found a sliver of space, drawing a couple of free throws. Ginobili made both and, following Batum’s missed 3-pointer and Aldridge’s last second heave, San Antonio finally clinched their sixth victory of the season.