Rarely does one game have so much meaning this late in the season.
The Trail Blazers visit New Orleans on Wednesday night to finish a three-game road trip, and there will be a lot on the line.
Portland (43-31) has a one-game lead over New Orleans (42-32), and the teams stand in sixth and seventh place, respectively, in the Western Conference entering the final two weeks of the regular season.
The Hornets have won two of the three meetings between the teams this season, so if they win again Wednesday night, they'd take the season series and get the higher seeding should the clubs finish tied in the standings.
"We've been playing a lot of big games for a while," Portland guard Wesley Matthews said, "and this is as big as any of them."
TRAIL BLAZERS 100, SPURS 92: Portland used a late 15-1 run to overtake what amounted to the San Antonio junior varsity Monday night at AT&T Center. The Spurs -- playing without injured starters Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker and Antonio McDyess -- were ahead 80-72 with nine minutes remaining, but the Blazers stormed back and salted away the victory by making 13 of 14 free-throw attempts in the final minute.
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