Blazers hand Spurs their third straight loss, 127-118

ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 08, 2019 02:09 PM
Blazers hand Spurs their third straight loss, 127-118
Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, front, greets a former teammate, San Antonio Spurs center LaMarcus Aldridge, before an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)

By Anne M. Peterson, Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — CJ McCollum had 30 points, including seven three-pointers, and the Portland Trail Blazers handed the San Antonio Spurs their third straight loss with a 127-118 victory on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time).

Damian Lillard added 24 points and nine assists for the Blazers, who were coming off a loss at home to Miami but have won seven of their last nine games overall.

It was the second straight game that McCollum has had seven triples, which match his career high. With his second three-pointer, McCollum passed Terry Porter for third on Portland's all-time list.

DeMar DeRozan had 35 points for the Spurs, who were playing the third game of an extended road trip because of the rodeo visiting AT&T Center.

Portland led by as many as 21 points early in the third quarter but the Spurs rallied to tie it at 88. The Blazers led 96-90 going into the final period and extended it to 108-97 when Lillard found McCollum in the corner for a three-pointer with 7:39 to play.

Rodney Hood's triple gave the Blazers a 125-110 lead with just over two minutes left. Hood, acquired by the Blazers in a Sunday trade (Monday, PHL time) with Cleveland, made his debut in Portland with 4:09 to go in the first quarter. He finished with 14 points.

The Trail Blazers also sent forward Caleb Swanigan to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for forward Skal Labissiere just before the deadline Thursday (Friday, PHL time).

Labissiere, taken 28th overall in the 2016 draft by the Kings, was averaging 2.8 points and 1.8 rebounds in 13 games this season. He was not available to play Thursday night (Friday, PHL time).

The Spurs did not make any moves prior to the deadline.

Hood's running jumper gave the Blazers a 49-48 lead midway through the second quarter. Portland extended the lead to 67-54 after Al-Farouq Aminu's layup and led 70-57 at the break. Jusuf Nurkic led all players at the half with 14 points for the Blazers.

The Blazers extended the lead by as many as 21 points in the third quarter, going up 84-63 on Lillard's step back jumper. But Rudy Gay made three straight three-pointers to get the Spurs back within 86-74. The Spurs went on a 25-4 run, capped by DeRozan's jumper that tied the game at 88.

Gay had 16 points in the third quarter, including four three-pointers. He finished with 25 points. LaMarcus Aldridge had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Spurs against his former team.

TURNING 50

The Portland Trail Blazers have announced some of the plans for next season's 50th anniversary, including a special logo and a preseason game at the team's old arena, Memorial Coliseum. There will even be a commemorative Trail Blazers Pinot Noir in partnership with Oregon winemaker Adelsheim Vineyard.

Mayor Ted Wheeler said the Blazers represent the "ethos of what we have to offer: our pioneering spirit, our perseverance, and our trail-blazing mentality."

TIP-INS

Spurs: San Antonio remained without Derrick White because of a sore right heel for the third straight game, although coach Gregg Popovich said before the game that he expected White to be back "pretty soon" after the All-Star break.

Trail Blazers: The Blazers sent Nik Stauskas, Wade Baldwin and two future second-round picks to the Cavaliers in exchange for Hood. Stauskas and Baldwin were traded three times in five days before they were waived Thursday (Friday, PHL time) by the Indiana Pacers. ... Portland outscored the Spurs 39-23 in the second quarter. ... Portland improves to 2-1 against the Spurs this season.

UP NEXT

The Spurs visit Utah on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time).

The Trail Blazers visit Dallas on Sunday (Monday, PHL time).

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