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29 Aug 2015
30 Aug 2015
Blazers rout Spurs 136-106
SAN ANTONIO The Trail Blazers bounced back from a road loss at Memphis with a resounding road win at San Antonio on Friday.
Damian Lillard, LaMarcus Aldridge and J.J. Hickson all had strong games for Portland, which pulled away from San Antonio in the second half and blistered the Tony Parker-less Spurs 136-106.
Lillard had 35 points and nine assists, Aldridge scored 26 points and Hickson had 23 points and 11 rebounds.
The Blazers overcame the losses of backups Meyers Leonard and Victor Claver to ankle injuries neither believed to be serious and poured in 46 points in the fourth quarter after going from a halftime tie to an eight-point advantage after three quarters.
Lillard's backup, Eric Maynor, chipped in with 20 points, and starting guard Wesley Matthews had 15.
Tim Duncan's 18 points and eight rebounds, both team highs, led the Spurs, who were playing their third game without Parker, the All-Star point guard who is out for a month with a sprained ankle.
The Blazers shot 61 percent from the field, while making 13 of 21 shots from 3-point range.
San Antonio, which went into the game with the best record in the NBA, fell to 48-15 with its fourth home loss in 29 outings.
Portland improved to 29-32. The Blazers trail the eight-place team in the Western Conference, Utah, by 2 1/2 games in the battle for the final playoff spot.