The improbable happened. The San Antonio Spurs were involved in their second straight triple overtime game. After losing 117-116 on the road to Memphis on Wednesday, the same thing happened, they fell short.
Both teams were without some key players. The Trail Blazers were without Nicolas Batum (wrist, knee) and Robin Lopez (broken right hand). The Spurs were without Kawhi Leonard (right hand bruise) and Tony Parker (left hamstring).
The Spurs actually had control mostly through the first four quarters, as they even had a nine point lead early on in the fourth quarter. The Blazers defense tightened up late and even went up one on a beautiful step back jumper by Damian Lillard.
After Lillard skied and missed a dunk attempt that would’ve been candidate for dunk of the year on Tim Duncan, Danny Green hit a three with five seconds to put the Spurs up two. Lillard responded again with a layup to tie the game.
You look at the result, a 10 point win by the Trail Blazers and you think they dominated, but it took a lot for them to get to the triple overtime. In the first two overtimes, the Spurs scored the first six points, before the Trail Blazers stormed back. In the first overtime session, Lillard made a three pointer to tie the game with 13 seconds to play.
In the third overtime it was all Lillard and company, as they scored the first 11 points in the period and won the game.
Lillard finished the game with a career high 43 points and added six assists. LaMarcus Aldridge had 32 points and 16 rebounds.
Tim Duncan, who played 48 minutes last game, played 43 minutes and went for 32 points and 10 rebounds. Green had 27 points and 10 rebounds.
The bad thing about these extra session losses, is that players like Duncan and Manu Ginobili are getting extra minutes.
Up next for the Spurs are the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night at the American Airlines Center. The game is scheduled to tip at 7:30 P.M. CT.