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Aldridge, Gasol lead Spurs to 93-91 win over Trail Blazers

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Short-handed on bodies but not competitive spirit, the San Antonio Spurs found a way to grind out a win against a Trail Blazers team desperate to end its home losing streak.

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 22 points, and Pau Gasol had 20 points and a season-high 17 rebounds as the Spurs beat Portland 93-91 on Wednesday night.

San Antonio, which trailed by six in the fourth quarter, took an 86-85 lead with 5:04 remaining on a layup by Manu Ginobili, but didn't secure the victory until C.J. McCollum's 3-point shot glanced off the rim at the buzzer.

The Spurs (22-10) were without starters Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker. Recovering from quadriceps injuries, both were rested on the first night of a back-to-back.

Portland, coming off a 3-2 road trip, lost its fifth consecutive home game. The Blazers (16-15) are the only NBA team with a winning overall record but a losing mark at home.

San Antonio also overcame a season-high 22 turnovers, and lows in free throws made (five) and attempted (six).

''I told them if I could bottle that effort at the end of the game, they'd win 82 games,'' Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. ''I thought we hung in there pretty good. Didn't play great, but I'm really proud of the effort.''

San Antonio persevered by outrebounding Portland 53-38 and getting strong shooting performances from Aldridge and Gasol.

''He played big down there. He was more determined to get to the rim, and (was) making strong moves for us,'' Aldridge said of Gasol.

The sloppiness wasn't lost on the Spurs, however.

''We didn't take care of the ball. That's what kept them in the game for the most part. We've got to do a better job of being aware of the value of the ball and make better decisions,'' Gasol said.

Patty Mills and Ginobili came off the bench to score 10 points apiece for San Antonio.

The Blazers struggled offensively, as their starting backcourt of McCollum and Damian Lillard combined to shoot 11 of 39. Lillard, hobbled throughout most of the second half by a sore knee, led Portland with 17 points. Jusuf Nurkic scored 15, while Evan Turner and Shabazz Napier scored 14 each for the Blazers.

McCollum, who was 5 of 22, had 13 points.

Portland coach Terry Stotts said Lillard's lack of mobility affected his play-calling late in the game.

''I think if I'm able to play, we win that game. No question about it,'' Lillard said.

San Antonio led 54-46 at halftime after a torrid first half from Aldridge and Gasol, who combined to shoot 15 of 20 from the floor.

The Spurs withstood a rough stretch during the third quarter, when Nurkic scored 11 points during a 17-4 run that gave the Blazers a 64-61 lead. But the Spurs recovered, grabbing a 74-72 lead after three quarters on Kyle Anderson's buzzer-beating 3-pointer.

TIP-INS

Spurs: San Antonio attempted only one free throw in the first half. Neither team shot a free throw during the first quarter. ... Anderson (left MCL sprain) returned to action for the first time in nine games. Also back after missing two games was Danny Green (groin). ... Leonard averaged 28.3 points in three games against Portland last season.

Trail Blazers: A semi-truck hauling a large trash bin lost control while driving down a steep road in Southwest Portland, plunging into Turner's swimming pool Wednesday morning. Turner was home in bed at the time. The driver was taken to Oregon Health and Science University Medical Center with serious injuries. ... McCollum missed his first 11 shots before finally hitting a 12-footer midway through the third quarter. ... Portland tied a season high with 12 steals.

UP NEXT

Spurs: Thursday at Utah.

Trail Blazers: Friday at home against Denver.

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Key Players
L. Aldridge
12 PF
D. Lillard
0 PG
37.2 Min. Per Game 37.2
25.5 Pts. Per Game 25.5
6.5 Ast. Per Game 6.5
5.1 Reb. Per Game 5.1
49.5 Field Goal % 41.8
49.1 Three Point % 41.9
85.1 Free Throw % 92.8
  Team rebound 0:00
  CJ McCollum missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:00
  Team rebound 0:10
  CJ McCollum missed driving layup, blocked by LaMarcus Aldridge 0:10
+ 1 LaMarcus Aldridge made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:15
  LaMarcus Aldridge missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:15
  Team rebound 0:15
  Personal foul on Evan Turner 0:15
  Personal foul on Evan Turner 0:15
+ 2 CJ McCollum made floating jump shot 0:17
  Offensive rebound by CJ McCollum 0:18
Team Stats
Points 93 91
Field Goals 41-80 (51.3%) 38-96 (39.6%)
3-Pointers 6-17 (35.3%) 6-25 (24.0%)
Free Throws 5-6 (83.3%) 9-14 (64.3%)
Total Rebounds 57 46
Offensive 9 12
Defensive 44 26
Team 4 8
Assists 17 18
Steals 7 12
Blocks 9 2
Turnovers 22 8
Fouls 16 14
Technicals 0 0
20 PTS, 17 REB, 5 AST
13 PTS, 5 REB, 6 AST
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away team logo Spurs 22-10 2529201993
home team logo Trail Blazers 16-15 2224261991
Team Stats
away team logo Spurs 22-10 110.3 PPG 44.4 RPG 24.0 APG
home team logo Trail Blazers 16-15 111.0 PPG 49.1 RPG 20.7 APG
Key Players
L. Aldridge PF 18.2 PPG 9.7 RPG 2.2 APG 45.9 FG%
D. Lillard PG 27.0 PPG 5.1 RPG 6.1 APG 43.9 FG%
Top Scorers
L. Aldridge PF 22 PTS 8 REB 1 AST
D. Lillard PG 17 PTS 4 REB 3 AST
51.3 FG% 39.6
35.3 3PT FG% 24.0
83.3 FT% 64.3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Aldridge 35 22 8 1 0 3 5 2 10/17 0/2 2/3 2 6 30 -5
P. Gasol 33 20 17 5 0 2 4 2 8/14 1/3 3/3 4 13 45 +1
D. Green 24 8 4 0 1 1 3 2 3/6 2/2 0/0 0 4 11 -3
D. Murray 27 4 9 3 0 0 4 1 2/8 0/0 0/0 0 9 15 -7
B. Forbes 19 2 0 3 0 0 0 2 1/5 0/2 0/0 0 0 8 -12
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Aldridge 35 22 8 1 0 3 5 2 10/17 0/2 2/3 2 6 30 -5
P. Gasol 33 20 17 5 0 2 4 2 8/14 1/3 3/3 4 13 45 +1
D. Green 24 8 4 0 1 1 3 2 3/6 2/2 0/0 0 4 11 -3
D. Murray 27 4 9 3 0 0 4 1 2/8 0/0 0/0 0 9 15 -7
B. Forbes 19 2 0 3 0 0 0 2 1/5 0/2 0/0 0 0 8 -12
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Ginobili 25 10 3 1 3 0 2 1 4/10 2/4 0/0 0 3 16 +9
P. Mills 23 10 1 0 1 0 1 4 5/8 0/2 0/0 0 1 11 +14
R. Gay 15 8 1 0 0 1 1 2 4/6 0/0 0/0 1 0 9 +4
K. Anderson 24 5 6 3 2 1 1 0 2/4 1/2 0/0 1 5 19 +4
J. Lauvergne 6 4 3 1 0 0 0 0 2/2 0/0 0/0 1 2 9 +2
D. Bertans 4 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 +3
K. Leonard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Hilliard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Paul - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Costello - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Parker - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. White - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 93 53 17 7 9 22 16 41/80 6/17 5/6 9 44 174 +10
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Lillard 34 17 4 3 2 0 2 3 6/17 2/6 3/3 0 4 27 +3
J. Nurkic 25 15 6 0 0 1 2 2 7/12 0/0 1/3 2 4 20 +8
E. Turner 32 14 1 1 1 0 1 3 7/11 0/0 0/0 0 1 17 0
C. McCollum 38 13 5 6 1 0 0 0 5/22 0/7 3/3 3 2 31 -4
A. Aminu 35 8 6 2 4 1 0 1 3/11 2/6 0/0 0 6 23 +2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Lillard 34 17 4 3 2 0 2 3 6/17 2/6 3/3 0 4 27 +3
J. Nurkic 25 15 6 0 0 1 2 2 7/12 0/0 1/3 2 4 20 +8
E. Turner 32 14 1 1 1 0 1 3 7/11 0/0 0/0 0 1 17 0
C. McCollum 38 13 5 6 1 0 0 0 5/22 0/7 3/3 3 2 31 -4
A. Aminu 35 8 6 2 4 1 0 1 3/11 2/6 0/0 0 6 23 +2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
S. Napier 21 14 1 2 1 0 2 0 6/10 2/5 0/1 1 0 18 -7
E. Davis 22 7 11 1 1 0 1 3 3/7 0/0 1/2 6 5 20 -9
Z. Collins 13 2 2 0 1 0 0 1 1/3 0/0 0/0 0 2 5 -6
P. Connaughton 13 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 0/3 0/1 1/2 0 1 6 +2
M. Leonard 3 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 4 +1
M. Harkless - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Layman - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Vonleh - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Wilcox - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Swanigan - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Baldwin IV - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 91 38 18 12 2 8 14 38/96 6/25 9/14 12 26 171 -10