Trail Blazers score 147 to beat San Antonio Spurs
After enduring one of the most painful home losses in recent memory Los Angeles Lakers the night before, the Portland Trail Blazers he desperately needed a recovery monday against the San Antonio Spurs. They got it in the form of a 147-127 victory, defense be damned, in front of a restless Moda Center crowd.
Damian Lillard led the way with a dominating 37 points and 12 assists. Jusuf Nurkic nearly had a triple-double with 25 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists.
After playing just 15 minutes on Sunday, Nurkic found himself in a much better matchup tonight against his big man Jakob Poeltl. The two bigs were effective early at what they do best: be bigger than everyone else driving to the basket. Nurkic got the Blazers going early with a pair of layups off the pick-and-roll with Lillard, but Poeltl answered the right package with a two of his own at the other end. A Nurkic three midway through the quarter gave him 10 points, but Portland still trailed 19-16.
Things started to open up when Anfernee Simons found her shot from deep, knocking down a trio of threes that helped put the Blazers ahead. A pair of 3-pointers by Doug McDermott in the final minute briefly halted the momentum, but Nassir Little had the final say, draining a 26-foot layup at the buzzer that gave Portland a 40-38 lead after of one
The second quarter was like a bad continuation of the first; almost identically the same and without any significant improvement. Again, the Blazer offense was sluggish for about half the period before catching fire, but this time, the all-out offense; no defense story was starting to feel cliche. Lillard and Nurkic continued to do most of the heavy lifting for Portland’s offense, but no matter how many points they put on the board, the Spurs refused to back down. Former Blazer Zach Collins and Romeo Langford played with energy and were a handful attacking the basket, where San Antonio thrives.
Even though Portland tied for a season-high in points at the half, it still couldn’t pull ahead at halftime. Both teams entered the locker room tied at 74.
Spurs are not a competitive team. This game had no interest related to the previous presentations. The Blazers needed to get out of the gates and put San Antonio away immediately, with less risk of another full-blown meltdown. And that’s exactly what happened.
The offensive explosion continued to roll uninterrupted, and this time, the Spurs couldn’t keep up. Lillard and Nurkic continued to work the two to perfection and consistently kept Portland’s offense going. Lillard had 19 points in the quarter and helped the Blazers regain a 103-95 halftime lead, but it was Shaedon Sharpe who left the game.
The sometimes tantalizing rookie had one of the best offensive stretches of his young career. Shortly after checking in, Sharpe finished a fast break with a tangled one-handed alley-oop, then followed with a pair of contested back threes. The last of which put Portland up 19 points with just 1:28 left. Sharpe scored 10 of his 19 points in the quarter and the Blazers entered the game comfortably ahead 119-101.
Although the starters managed another short run, the score was never in question and Portland was able to pull out a win without much resistance.
Until next time
Stay tuned for our expanded recap coming soon!
The Blazers will have a day off before hosting the Utah Jazz on Wednesday evening: Tip is set at 7:00 PM Pacific.
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