Blazers put up 136, shockingly rout Spurs

Updated: March 8, 2013

Damian Lillard scored a game-high 35 points
and dished out nine assists as the Portland Trail Blazers earned a convincing
136-106 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Friday.

LaMarcus Aldridge followed with 26 points on 12-of-18 shooting from the floor
and J.J. Hickson added 23 points and 11 rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who
have won four of six.

Portland also took the season series with the victory — en route to scoring
the most points against the Spurs in San Antonio since Nov. 7, 1990 vs.
Denver. HemisFair Arena was the home of the Spurs at the time.

Tim Duncan had 18 points and eight boards for the Spurs, who had a three-game
winning streak come to an end. Kawhi Leonard and Manu Ginobili added 16 points
apiece in the setback.

Portland took a 90-82 lead in the fourth, as Lillard closed the third with
eight of the team’s final 10 points.

The momentum carried over into the final frame, as the Blazers exploded with a
17-6 flurry just over three minutes into the action as Hickson made it 107-88
with two free throws.

The stunned Spurs simply had no answer, as Portland scored 46 points in the
fourth quarter alone and controlled every aspect of the game.

After the Spurs held a lead for most of the second quarter, Eric Maynor’s
jumper with four minutes remaining gave the Blazers a 48-47 edge.

Both teams went into the break knotted up at 57-57, as Ginobili nailed a
fadeaway three to close the action. Hickson had 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting
after the first two quarters.

Duncan slammed home a missed 3-pointer at the end of the first quarter to make
it 29-27 in favor of the home team.

Game Notes

The Spurs play at Minnesota on Monday, then have four straight at home …
Portland snapped a seven-game road losing streak … It was just the fourth
home loss for the Spurs this season … The Trail Blazers shot 61.6 percent
(53-of-86), including 13-of-21 from behind the arc … Maynor had 14 points in
the fourth quarter.