San Antonio Spurs: Takeaways From Win Against Portland Trail Blazers

By George Middleton

On Friday night the San Antonio Spurs beat the Portland Trail Blazers 110-96.

Kawhi Leonard made his return after missing 15 straight games with a bruised right hand.

The Spurs had a nice start to the game, as they jumped to a 35-27 lead to end the first quarter.

The difference in the game was the rebounding. The Spurs out rebounded the Trail Blazers 49-32. The Spurs destroyed the Trail Blazers on the offensive glass, 15-2.

LaMarcus Aldridge finished with 24 points and 8 rebounds, Damian Lillard had 23 points and 5 assists.

Positive Side

-11-29 Three-Point Field Goals (38%)

-15 Offensive Rebounds

-15-17 Free-Throws (88%)

-34 Assists

-12 Steals

-Limited Fast Break Points (6 for Portland)

-39 Bench Points

-Shut Wesley Matthews down to 2 points (16.4 ppg)

Star of the Game

Kawhi Leonard

Jan 16, 2015; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard (2) is fouled by Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard Wesley Matthews (2, R) during the second half at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Kawhi Leonard was supposed to be rusty as he has been out for a month. That wasn’t the case on Friday night, as he had 20 points, 5 assists and 3 steals. He showed that the hand wasn’t bothering him, as he went 8-18 from the field. The fact that Leonard was so aggressive and played 31 minutes against an excellent team, is a good sign for the Spurs going forward.

Negative Side

-Allowed Trail Blazers to Shoot 50% from the field.

-4 Blocks

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