Ball Movement Key In Spurs 113-101 Win Against Portland

By George Middleton

In LaMarcus Aldridge‘s return to Portland, the Spurs (6-2) came out on top 113-101. Aldridge was booed, cheered for, and then booed throughout the game. The 30-year-old spent the first nine years of his careers in Portland, where he made four All-Star Games.

Ironically enough it was Aldridge that beat the Trail Blazers (4-5). Aldridge went for 23 points on 9-of-18 shooting. The patent jumpers that Aldridge hit night in and night out, were the ones that haunted the Trail Blazers on this night.

Nov 11, 2015; Portland, OR, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (9) drives past Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) during the fourth quarter at the Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports

San Antonio finished the game with 56 percent shooting and they dished out 27 assists as a team. The Spurs also only finished with 11 turnovers. Every Spurs starter shot at least 50 percent from the field.

There was a big scare in the game for Spurs fans, as Kawhi Leonard fell hard on his elbow after dunking early in the fourth quarter. Leonard returned two minutes later, and appeared to be fine. He finished the game with 20 points and seven rebounds.

Danny Green found his shooting stroke, as he went 3-of-4 from downtown. Going into the game Green was 22 percent from three point range.

Damian Lillard finished with 22 points and nine assists for Portland. C.J. McCollum added 21 points for the Trail Blazers. The Trail Blazers hurt themselves by making only 14-of-23 free throws.

Up next for the Spurs are the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night at the AT&T Center.

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