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San Antonio Spurs run away late from the Portland Trailblazers



Tiago Splitter (22) takes advantage of Portland's defense.

Home sweet home, the San Antonio Spurs came into the game against the Portland Trailblazers undefeated with a 7-0 record and the record would only improve after at 99-83 victory over the Trailblazers.

The Spurs starters sputtered early in the first quarter with 9 turnovers, with Tim Duncan committing three. DeJuan Blair was the only starter to be productive in the first quarter with 8 points.

The Blazers would suffer a tough loss with Marcus Camby went out with 4:13 in the second quarter with a left ankle injury. An x-ray on Camby would be negative, but he would not return to the game. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich on Camby’s absence, “He is a tough nut to crack down there. He is really good. He had a couple of blocks before he got hurt and it certainly does changes things on the boards for them and defensively.”

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Blazers coach Nate McMillian on the team’s defense after Camby’s injury, “(Marcus) Camby is basically the backbone of that defense. He kind of anchors a lot of things, and, for us we’ve been in that kind of situation before.”

McMillian continued, “I thought tonight we got a little away from what we were supposed to do. Defensively as well as offensively, I think everyone wants to put up numbers. But we got to play within our offense and it’s not ‘first opportunity, take the shot.”

LaMarcus Aldridge would do his best to keep the Blazers in contention most of the night. Aldridge would lead all scorers with 29 points. Aldridge said, ”It was a tough loss. We had control of both half’s and then we just let it slip away.”




Tim Duncan (21) blocks Gerald Wallace shot.

The Spurs would go on a 14-2 run to start the fourth quarter to extend its lead to 85-71. The Blazers would never recover from that run. Tony Parker would score 16 of his 20 points in the second half.

The Spurs would take advantage of the absence of Camby, Tiago Splitter would have 9 of his 14 point in the third quarter, mostly inside of the painted area.

Portland travels to Houston to play the Rockets on Saturday January 14 at 7:00 CST. The Spurs will have a day of rest before play the Phoenix Suns on Sunday January 15 in the afternoon at 3:00 at home in the ATT Center.


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By: Terry Davis
Pro Basketball Fans Staff Writer
Photos Taken by Terry Davis

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