--G Andre Miller scored 11 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter as Portland won the second of back-to-back games after losing at Oklahoma City on Sunday night. He made nine of 15 shots from the field and eight of 10 from the line.
"We ain't going to throw (the victory) out," said Miller, referring to the fact that San Antonio was missing four starters. "Because if we'd have lost, we'd have looked back like (the Spurs) didn't have their players, and that was a game we needed. We're trying to finish off and get some momentum going into the playoffs."
--The Spurs, trailing 58-51 at the half, outscored Portland 21-9 in the third quarter to go in front 72-67. San Antonio upped the margin to 80-72 before going cold, missing eight straight shots with three turnovers in its next 11 possessions as the Blazers -- who outscored the hosts 33-20 in the final period -- seized control.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"It was a trap game once we got to the arena." -- Portland coach Nate McMillan, in reference to the long list of missing Spurs for Monday's game.
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