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Spurs close out Blazers, 93-91: Recap, highlights and more

By Rob Wolkenbrod
PORTLAND, OR - DECEMBER 20: Manu Ginobili #20 and Patty Mills #8 of the San Antonio Spurs hug after the game against the Portland Trail Blazers on December 20, 2017 at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)
PORTLAND, OR - DECEMBER 20: Manu Ginobili #20 and Patty Mills #8 of the San Antonio Spurs hug after the game against the Portland Trail Blazers on December 20, 2017 at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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The San Antonio Spurs and Portland Trail Blazers went head-to-head in a West Coast matchup. Who walked out the winner?

To start a back-to-back, the San Antonio Spurs traveled to the West Coast, to play the Portland Trail Blazers. It was the first time these teams faced off in the 2017-18 regular season. The Silver and Black also looked for their third consecutive win to get them to 22 wins.

Without Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker, Dejounte Murray and Bryn Forbes stepped into the lineup. That’s while Danny Green returned, after missing the previous two games, with a groin injury. These three accompanied LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol.

Aldridge and Gasol were a two-man show for the Spurs, leading the way in points and rebounds. Both had 22 and 20 points, respectively. By far the highest numbers from the team on Wednesday night. Gasol’s 17 rebounds nearly doubled the team’s next-highest total as well, which was Murray’s 9.

DJ. LA. ? https://t.co/SN7ITD2vyC

— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) December 21, 2017

The rest of the starting lineup (Murray, Green, Forbes) struggled, combining for 14 points on just 6-for-19 shooting. Green delivered 3-for-6 shooting for 8 points, however, so this trio’s numbers were somewhat lopsided.

Outside of them, Patty Mills and Manu Ginobili showed up off the bench. They combined for 20 points on 50 percent shooting, making up for the guards and delivering the extra baskets needed to top the Trail Blazers in what stayed a close game for all four quarters.

In the end, it was two late free throws from Aldridge that clinched the game, along with him blocking CJ McCollum’s game-winning attempt. McCollum was one of five Blazers in double figures, including Damian Lillard‘s 17 points and Jusuf Nurkic‘s 15 at center.

Quick Popovich reaction: #Spurs hanging tough late… using their size, and that 2Q where SA created some space pic.twitter.com/nEgPGIGZiJ

— Jabari Young (@JabariJYoung) December 21, 2017

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This pushed the Spurs to 22 wins, before heading to Salt Lake City, UT for the second of a back-to-back vs. the Utah Jazz. Game time is at 10:30 p.m. ET on TNT.

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