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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.
End of 1: Blazers 32, Spurs 16. Batum has it all going with 10 points, 3 ast, 2 reb, 2 steals and a block.
Blazers lead the Spurs 32-16 after Q1. Nico Batum with 10 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists.
Vive Le Batum
LaMarcus Aldridge saluted the crowd after that jumper over Diaw.
Blazers shooting 10-18. Spurs 6-16 with 4 turnovers. Portland on a 10-0 run over the last 2:26.
Whoops ... make that a 10-0 run.
Looking up: Nic Batum (3 for 3 shooting) has two rebounds, two assists and a block in first quarter.
Sources: Steve Blake will never miss again
Tony Parker misses a wide open reverse layup. Blazers get a layup on the other end. Spurs follow with an offensive foul.
Lost in last game's 4th-Q debacle was solid night for Batum. And he's at it again: 3-3 from field, 7 pts, 1 rb, 1 as. No hesitance at all.
Nic Batum came to play!
Ageless Tim Duncan now 5 for 5, the rest of Spurs 0 for 7. Blazers lead 12-10 midway through 1Q
LaMarcus Aldridge is 25-60 from 3 this season, but has missed his last 13, including one tonight. Currently 0-February.
Blazers 12, Tim Duncan 8 with 6:29 left in the 1st.
Aron Baynes is bleeding, of course, so they'll stop play for a moment to get him cleaned up.
Popovich: "The last time we played the Blazers (Jan. 16, a 110-96 win), we had 34 assists (on 42 field goals). That helps you win a game."
Gregg Popovich notes Spurs had more turnovers (22) than assists (17) in Sunday loss at Utah: "That's not a good thing."
On Vincent Johnson's fund-raising tournament: Sadly, Jerome Kersey had committed to play in it.
Blazers, Timbers, Winterhawks all have home games tonight. Who says February is a bad sports month?
Charlotte had the All-Star Game in 1991 and has put in a bid for 2017 and 2018 ASGs. Reading between the lines Queen City > Rose City in '17