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Barton will get a chance to play for Nuggets in Moda Center when they come to town March 28. Surely he'll get a warm ovation.
"It starts with me. I'm not making shots. ... It's just struggle time right now. ... You just have to hope it will turn." Tony Parker
Barton came off bench, but started third quarter and played the entire second half.
111-95 Blazers. Wesley Matthews with 31. Portland snaps 2-game skid. Spurs have now lost 4 in a row.
Will Barton scores 22 points for Denver tonight, one short of his career high.
Obviously the Spurs didn't play very well but this might be Portland's most complete game of the season. At least of 2015.
Wesley Matthews: 31 pts, 5 rbs, 3 asts, 11-18 from field, 4-10 from deep. He scored 21 points in the second half.
You get honored pregame for getting career double-double record, you have to get one, and Aldridge has, 11 pts, 13 reb, for 28th of season.
Alonzo Gee first Blazers minutes
31 for Wes.
That ties a season high of 28 points for Wesley Matthews
A brief "Wes-ley Mat-thews" chant breaks out at the Moda Center.
Tony Parker: 2 points (1-for-8), 4 assists, 4 TOs, 4 fouls, -7 in 27 mins. He was 1 leaner away from 1st scoreless game since April 13, 2007
"WES-LEY MATTHEWS" chant in the Moda
Nic Batum — nine assists and 15 points in 36 minutes — will take that right now.
12 in the fourth for Matthews.
Big bounce-back game for Wesley Matthews, who was 0 for 7 vs. Griz. He's 9 for 16, 24 points tonight.
102-88 Blazers. 3:17 left. Double figures for everrrryone.
Wesley Matthews might have double-dribbled? And then barely grazed the rim on a layup. Count it. Blazers up 102-88 with 3:17 left.
Lillard 3/4 from 3 tonight.
Stotts experimenting a little bit more. Aldridge at the 5 with Afflalo, Batum, Matthews and Lillard.
Batum is 6 for 7 from field; the Spurs' two French guys, Parker and Diaw, a combined 3 for 19. Oui.
Nice game from Kaman, who has 11 pts, 6 rbs in 17 mins.
Chris Kaman (11pts) now the 6th Blazer in double figures.
Good ol' 4th chance points
Now Stotts goes ... smaller: Blake, Dame, Matthews, Batum, Kaman.
Stotts going with crazy small lineup: Blake, Matthews, Afflalo, Batum, Kaman.
Afflalo and Batum started to flash some good rhythm. Now he and Matthews working really well. Blazers up 12 w/ 9:39 left.
Matthews' last 3 ended an 0-6 (this game) and 0-13 (last two games) drought from three-point range.
That looked like Afflalo playing in flow...
Patty Mills… why can’t the Blazers find a guy like that?
Batum, Matthews and Lillard all with 15 points through three quarters. Aldridge has 11&9.
Blazers 81, Spurs 71 End 3rd: Matthews and Batum each with 15pts; Aldridge 11 and 9. Duncan leads SAS with 18pts.
Blazers won the third, 30-21.
End of 3: 81-71 Blazers. Batum, Lillard and Matthews all have 15. Duncan with 18 to lead San Antonio.
Blazers up 10 vs. Spurs headed to fourth… do they finish this?
81-71 Blazers after Q3. Nicolas Batum with 15 points, 8 assists, 3 rebounds.
Batum up to 8 assists ... His line: 15 pts, 8 asts, 3 rbs, 2 stls 6-7 from field, 3-4 from deep. One negative: 5 TOs.
Big offensive rebound and kick out from Nicolas Batum to Arron Afflalo for 3. Blazers up 10, 72-62 with 3:40 Q3.
Arron Afflalo pounds his chest after that 3.
Tony Parker 1 of 8 in this game, has missed 17 of his last 20 attempts.
Wesley Matthews is 0-5 from 3 and 6-6 from 2.
Duncan missed a shot after 8 makes to start game. NBA record of 18 makes w/o miss by Wilt Chamberlain is safe.
First field goal of the game for Tony Parker comes with 7:18 in the 3rd quarter.
The Blazers can bungle a 2-on-1 or 3-on-1 break with the best of them.
Spurs in 6th of 9 straight road games. Last home game: Feb. 6. Next home date: March 4
Great sign: Lillard raps better than Parker.
Matthews has been pretty solid defensively, especially challenging Leonard's assortment of shots. Leonard is 2-8 from field, with 5 pts.
LaMarcus Aldridge was 3-for-11 in the first half, but he's 2-for-2 to open the third.
Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker are combined 2 for 13. Spurs can't win when that happens
Blazers up 51-50 at the half. Batum 12pts, 2rebs, 4ast, 2stls. Matthews 10pts; Duncan 14pts (6-6).
Halftime: Blazers 51, Spurs 50. Batum w/ 12 points, 4 assists, 2 rebounds, 2 steals, a block. Aldridge just 3/11. Duncan 7/7, 14 points.
Portland up 51-50 at the half. Spurs outscored the Blazers 34-19 in Q2.
Gregg Popovich wearing a JK25 patch.
Off night for LA, who is 3-11 from the field after that last brick. He has 6 pts, 3 rbs.
Trail Blazers have blown a 19-point lead in the first half vs. Spurs. Tied 48-48.
Patty Mills, hasn't played a minute, and game notes don't list him as injured, but he's still first guy up to cheer for Spurs.
The Spurs are here.
Blazers playing a little too fast the last few trips. Spurs have cut the lead to 5 with 3:34 to go in the 1st half.
Robin Lopez disagrees with the foul call now he and Tim Duncan, one of the great all-time complainers, are chatting.
Nicolas Batum's line last 6 quarters: 29 pts, 12 rbs, 8 asts, 2 blks, 12-18 from field, 5-9 from deep.
Kawhi Leonard three cuts the Blazers lead to 11 and Terry Stotts immediately takes a timeout. Blazers up 46-35 with 5:28 to go in the half.
Tim Duncan 6-for-6. No such thing as "vintage" Duncan. Just 18 years of production.
Wes Matthews is 0-3 from deep but 2-2 on ridiculously difficult layups.
Sure looks like Pop should have started his scrubs, doesn't it?
Splitter read his scouting report. Closed out hard on Meyers there.
Arron Afflalo hits his first 3. Then he posts up Corey Joseph. Showing the arsenal.
Nicolas Batum is shooting 60.9% from the field since the All-Star break.