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Portland guard injures knee in third quarter as team falls on the road to San Antonio

It was a double loss for the Trail Blazers Saturday night at AT&T Center.

San Antonio ended Portland's three-game win streak with a 108-103 victory.

And the Blazers could be without CJ McCollum for a while.

Portland's starting shooting guard went down with an apparent left knee injury in the third quarter and did not return. The club announced that x-rays were negative but that he would undergo an MRI on Sunday.

DeMar DeRozan scored 21 points to lead seven players in double figures for San Antonio (41-29), which has won eight straight games overall and 10 in a row at home.

Damian Lillard scored 25 of his 34 points in the second half and Jusuf Nurkic collected 24 points and 16 rebounds for Portland (42-27), which remained in fourth place in the NBA Western Conference, a game behind third-place Houston (43-26) and a half-game ahead of fifth-place Oklahoma City (42-28).

The Spurs are in sixth, a game and a half behind the Blazers and a game back of the Thunder.

San Antonio won the game at the free-throw line, making 26 of 30 attempts to Portland's 12 of 14. The Blazers missed their first nine 3-point attempts and finished 7 for 28 from beyond the arc.

DeRozan had 12 points and LaMarcus Aldridge nine as San Antonio grabbed a 23-21 lead after one quarter. Portland was 0 for 8 from 3-point range in the quarter.

The Spurs increased the difference to 35-24 early in the second quarter. The Blazers went on a 14-1 run to go ahead 44-40. Portland's lead was 50-48 at halftime.

Lillard scored 15 points in the third quarter to lift the Blazers to a 76-72 advantage heading into the final period.

Bryn Forbes' 3-point shot gave San Antonio an 81-80 edge with 8:32 remaining. Moments later, Davis Bertans' 3 pushed the Spurs' lead to 89-86.

Two free throws by Lillard cut it to 89-88 with 5:19 left. Forbes' three-point play upped San Antonio's lead to 92-88 with 4:45 to go. Nurkic scored on a tip-in to make the score 92-90, but Bertans hit three free throws to up it to 95-90 with 3:39 to play.

Nurkic dunked off a Lillard feed, but Forbes' 3 gave the Spurs a 98-92 advantage.

Derrick White's jumper made the count 100-92 with 1:31 to play, and the Blazers got no closer than five points the rest of the way.


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