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San Antonio at Portland

Spurs stretch dominant streak over Blazers to 12 games

CBSSports.com wire reports
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- The San Antonio Spurs are not letting up now that they've secured a place in the playoffs. There's too much scrambling in the Western Conference.

Tim Duncan had 27 points and 11 rebounds and San Antonio beat Portland 72-65 on Sunday, extending the Spurs' winning streak over the Trail Blazers to 12 straight games.

"It's tough because every game really, really counts. At this point of the season usually you get to rest a little more and relax a little more," Duncan said. "But now, every game is a big game."

San Antonio is among a handful of teams who can bump New Orleans out of the top spot in the West. With the win against Portland, the Spurs moved within 1½ games of the Hornets.

Manu Ginobili's dunk with 1:31 left all but sealed it for the Spurs, who handed the Blazers their fifth consecutive loss. Ginobili finished with 10 points and six assists.

The Spurs were coming off a 90-64 loss at Utah on Friday that snapped an eight-game winning streak. But the defending NBA champions clinched a playoff spot on Saturday when the Sacramento Kings beat the Denver Nuggets 118-115.

San Antonio's Tony Parker hit consecutive baskets, a running jumper and a jumper from the top of the key, to make it 70-60 with 3:37 left in the game.

"In past season with five games to go, you knew you could be first, second, third or even fourth, and that's it. This year it could be seventh, so it puts pressure on everybody," Ginobili said. "We cant slow down, we have to keep playing."

All-Star guard Brandon Roy, who returned after a four-game absence because of a groin injury, led the Blazers (38-38) with 18 points. Travis Outlaw added 14 and LaMarcus Aldridge had 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Portland, eliminated from playoff contention last week, was coming off a 95-86 loss to Houston on Thursday. With five games left, the Trail Blazers hope to finish with a winning record.

"Of course winning is the goal to finish out the season. We want to win every game," Aldridge said. "We wanted to win tonight but the ball didn't bounce our way."

The Blazers were without starter Martell Webster, who suited up for Thursday night's game but experienced dizziness and flu-like symptoms and was taken to a hospital. Webster spent the night when doctors found an irregular heartbeat and he was not at Sunday's game.

The Blazers also lost center Joel Przybilla, who broke a bone in his right hand during the second quarter Sunday night and will miss the final five games of the season.

Przybilla was trying to block a shot when his hand hit the rim hard. The 7-foot-1 starter was averaging 4.8 points and 8.4 rebounds a game. Since the All-Star break, he had been averaging 11.4 rebounds.

Both teams got off to a sluggish start. The Blazers made just five of 22 field goals (22.7 percent) in the first quarter. The Spurs were just 6 of 17 (35.5 percent), and held a 17-13 lead.

San Antonio went up 24-15 in the second quarter on Kurt Thomas' turnaround jumper, but Outlaw and Jarrett Jack hit consecutive jumpers for the Blazers to narrow it to 24-19.

Michael Finley hit a 3-pointer for the Spurs before Roy scored for the first time in the game on a fast break. Roy would have nine points by the half.

Roy helped the Blazers narrow it to 54-50 with a step-back jumper with 2:48 left in the third quarter. San Antonio didn't let the Blazers get closer.

"There's five games left and we're going to do our best to finish strong," Roy said.

Notes

  • Webster was expected to be examined by the Blazers' cardiologist early this week.
  • Greg Oden, the top pick in last year's draft who is sitting out his first season after knee surgery, was back on the Blazers bench after missing the last game with a cold. Oden has been at most of Portland's games this season, and gone on road trips.
  • The Blazers are 1-7 this season without Roy.
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Tim Duncan scores 27 points to keep the Spurs within shouting distance of the West's top spot.  (AP)
Tim Duncan scores 27 points to keep the Spurs within shouting distance of the West's top spot. (AP)
Scoreboard
San Antonio (53-24) «1722221172
Portland (38-39) 1321181365
SA:T. Duncan 27 Pts
SA:K. Thomas 13 Reb
SA:T. Parker 7 Ast
POR:B. Roy 18 Pts
POR:L. Aldridge 11 Reb
POR:J. Jack 4 Ast
Players of the Game
PortlandSan Antonio

B. Roy

T. Duncan
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
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San Antonio
B. Bowen, SF394-70-031310
T. Duncan, PF3710-227-9110027
T. Parker, PG334-160-03728
M. Finley, SG203-40-03117
F. Oberto, C151-21-14043
M. Ginobili, SG303-54-536210
K. Thomas, PF261-40-013032
I. Udoka, SF232-70-00015
J. Vaughn, PG90-20-02000
D. Stoudamire, PG60-30-00010
M. Bonner, PF10-00-01000
B. Barry, SGDid Not Play
R. Horry, PFDid Not Play
I. Mahinmi, CDid Not Play
B. Jones, SFDid Not Play
Totals 28-7212-1543151772
 38.9%80.0% 
Portland
B. Roy, SG407-154-644018
L. Aldridge, PF385-162-2111312
S. Blake, PG343-111-34317
J. Jones, SF210-30-01010
J. Przybilla, C172-20-09014
T. Outlaw, SF354-114-430114
R. LaFrentz, PF221-10-04052
J. Jack, PG222-82-21406
C. Frye, PF71-50-05022
S. Rodriguez, PG40-10-00000
D. Miles, SFDid Not Play
V. Wafer, SGDid Not Play
M. Webster, SGDid Not Play
J. McRoberts, PFDid Not Play
G. Oden, CDid Not Play
Totals 25-7313-1742121465
 34.2%76.5% 
Other Games
GS 96 Final
NO 108
Dal 105 Final
Pho 98
Det 91 Final
Mia 75
Mil 97 Final
Ind 105
Mem 113 Final
Min 101
Orl 90 Final
NY 100
LAL 114 Final
Sac 92
Den 147 Final
Sea 151
Hou 105 Final
LAC 79