San Antonio Spurs Fall to 2-5 on Road Trip Following Loss to Portland Trail Blazers

By Jay Desai

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The San Antonio Spurs guaranteed their first losing rodeo road trip record in the Popovich-Duncan era on Wednesday night as they lost to the Portland Trail Blazers, 111-95.

The Spurs fell behind early, trailing by 16 after the first quarter and were just unable to recover, ultimately leading to the loss.

Feb 25, 2015; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard

Wesley Matthews

(2) shoots a three-point shot over San Antonio Spurs forward

Jeff Ayres

(11) at Moda Center at the Rose Quarter. Mandatory Credit: Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

Despite being down by such a large deficit after the first quarter, San Antonio did fight admirably in an attempt to make a comeback. The Spurs outscored the Trail Blazers 34-19 in the second quarter to make it a one point game entering halftime.

Unfortunately for San Antonio, Portland refocused and regained control in the third quarter, putting the Spurs behind by 10 at the end of the period.

San Antonio struggled with ball movement once again on Wednesday, only piling up 20 assists. The team averages 24.3 per game. Portland did a much better job passing, assisting on 25 of their field goals.

The good news for the Spurs in this one though was the fact the team was secure with the ball. San Antonio turned the ball over only 13 times. Portland posted a similar number in turnovers.

Rebounding was a big issue for the Spurs as they were beat on the glass 45-37.

San Antonio also struggled relative to Portland from the field. The Spurs connected on 43.5% of their shots which pales in comparison to the Trail Blazer’s 50.6% from the field.

Wesley Matthews had a big night for Portland, picking up 31 points and five rebounds in the win. Damian Lillard had a solid night as well, posting a final line of 18 points, five assists, and seven rebounds.

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Tim Duncan stepped up yet again for the struggling Spurs, nearly recording another double-double with his 20 points and eight rebounds. Danny Green also picked up good scoring numbers, finishing with 17.

With the loss, San Antonio saw their losing streak extended to four games. They now have an overall record of 34-23. Portland snapped a short two-game losing streak with the win, improving to 37-19 on the season.

Next up for the Spurs is their second to last road game on this rodeo road trip. San Antonio will face the Sacramento Kings on Friday night at 9 p.m. CT.

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