Spurs hold off Blazers
The Trail Blazers lost a road game for the first time this season and had their overall mark drop to 2-2 on Monday night, as they fell 113-110 to the San Antonio Spurs.
Damian Lillard scored the last 18 Portland points, but missed all three of his 3-point attempts in the final 16.3 seconds.
Lilalrd finished with a game-high 28 points, but he was just 9 of 28 from the field and 3 of 10 from 3-point distance.
CJ McCollum added 27 points for Portland.
DeMar DeRozan paced the Spurs with 27 points, without attempting a 3. Derrick White's 21 points led the Spurs' bench to a 50-31 scoring edge over Portland's reserves.
Former Blazer power forward LaMarcus Aldridge had 15 points, seven rebounds, five blocks and three assists.
Once-Blazer guard Patty Mills netted 12 points off the bench, hitting 3 of 6 from beyond the arc.
Portland inserted Anthony Tolliver into the starting lineup in place of Zach Collins, who injured a shoulder the night before in a win at Dallas.
The Blazers hit their first 5 shots from 3-point distance in taking a 19-4 lead before the midway point of the first quarter. McCollum made two of those; Lillard, Rodney Hood and Tolliver each made one.
The lead grew to 23-4, before Portland finished the first 12 minutes on top 33-19, with McCollum getting 10 points and the team 6 of 9 on 3's to San Antonio's 0 of 4.
San Antonio chipped away, ended the second quarter with a 10-2 run and trailed 51-45 at the half. McCollum was the only Blazer in double figures with 15 points. White had 11 points off the bench for the Spurs, and DeRozan had nine points.
In the third quarter, the Blazers went through an 0-for-12 stretch from the field and lost the lead, falling behind 72-62. At the end of the frame, the Spurs' lead was 82-71.
San Antonio appeared to have the game in hand, leading 105-86 with 4:41 remaining. But Lillard sparked a late charge.
The Blazers pulled to within 105-98 with three minutes to go. Lillard hit a 3 with 2:21 left to make it a 15-0 run and make the score 105-101. Another 3 by Lillard, with 1:57 remaining, cut the San Antonio lead to 107-104. He then hit two free throws with 1:37 left, pulling the Blazers to within 109-106. And a Lillard driving dunk made it 109-108 with 1:10 left.
White scored going to the basket, and McCollum missed a short jumper and then fouled going to the rebound with 46.3 seconds to go. That put Aldridge on the foul line, and he sank two for a 113-108 advantage.
Lillard got a layup, and DeRozan missed a short shot.
But Lillard and then Tolliver missed 3-point tries that would have tied the score.
San Antonio finally grabbed a rebound, and the Blazers sent DeRozan to the free-throw line. He missed both free throws, and the ball went out of bounds to Portland with 7.1 seconds remaining.
Lillard missed another 3, and two Spurs had the rebound to themselves, but neither could get hold of it, and it out of bounds with 1.2 seconds to go.
That gave the Blazers and Lillard one more chance, but his 3 from the right corner off the inbound pass rimmed out.
Next for Portland is a 5 p.m. PT Wednesday visit to Oklahoma City.
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