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Portland Trail Blazers vs. San Antonio Spurs: Takeaways and Star Performer

By George Middleton
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The San Antonio Spurs (8-2) took on the Portland Trail Blazers (4-8) take care of business as they won 93-80. San Antonio held a 14 point lead in the third quarter, before the Trail Blazers cut their deficit to five points to end the quarter. The Spurs began the final quarter scoring the first seven points, putting the Spurs up 12. The Trail Blazers didn’t stop fighting as Al-Farouq Aminu and Damian Lillard connected on multiple long range shots to get within three points. Manu Ginobili‘s nine points in a three minute stretch late in game sealed the deal.

It was the second time the Spurs have beaten the Trail Blazers this season. Last Wednesday the Spurs beat Portland 113-101.

Takeaways

Duo Dominates off Bench

The San Antonio Spurs bench dominated the game, thanks to Ginobili and Boris Diaw. Ginobili had 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting, with 14 of them coming in the fourth quarter. Diaw added 12 points and eight rebounds in 22 minutes. Portland’s bench finished with a total 11 points.

Kawhi Leonard Terrific

Kawhi Leonard returned from an illness, which caused him to miss Saturday’s win against Philadelphia. Leonard finished with 19 points and nine rebounds. The 24-year-old shot 8-of-15 from the field, and he added two steals and two blocks to his impressive stat line.

Danny Green continues Inconsistency

Danny Green is good one game, bad the next. That’s been the story for Green in the past 10 days or so. Here are his scoring totals in the past six games: 12, 8, 5, 11, 3, and 12. In Monday’s win Green scored 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting. It was only the the third time this season that he’s shot at least 45 percent.

Star Performer

This is a tossup between Leonard and Ginobili. Leonard had a great 31 minutes, while Ginobili was his vintage self in the fourth quarter. Both players can take the honor as the “star performer”.

Up next for the Spurs is a home game against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night.

Next: Popovich Believes Leonard Can Be Dominate on Both Ends

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