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Dominant Spurs move to brink of Trail Blazers sweep

Confident Bunch Of Spurs


(The Sports Xchange) - Guard Tony Parker scored 29 points as the San Antonio Spurs whipped the Portland Trail Blazers 118-103 on Saturday to move to the cusp of the Western Conference finals.

Forward Tim Duncan collected 19 points, seven rebounds and four assists for the Spurs, who took a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series that continues in Portland on Monday.

Five players scored in double figures for San Antonio, which again got great production from a bench that combined for 40 points, compared to six points from Portland's reserves.

The Spurs, behind 20 points on 9-for-12 shooting from Parker, held a 60-40 edge at halftime after San Antonio shot 56 percent from the field in the first half.

Portland made a run after the long break, outscoring San Antonio 17-4 in the first five minutes of the third quarter to draw within 64-57, but the Spurs steadied the ship and pulled away for the emphatic win.

Portland has led for only 33 seconds over the first three games of the series, such has been the dominance of the Spurs, who have won by a combined total of 56 points after being taken to seven games by Dallas in the first round of the playoffs.

San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich paid tribute to Parker, as well as his bench.

"Tony, he's been the engine for us and he started out really well tonight, he made shots and involved everybody else," Popovich told reporters. "He played great 'D' (defense) at the other end. He's really playing a complete game.

"We achieved home court advantage because the bench played so well all year long and allowed us to keep guys at 30 minutes or less the entire season. They've continued to be big for us this series."

Portland coach Terry Stotts acknowledged his team were guilty of leaving themselves too much to do after making poor starts.

"In some ways this is very similar to Games One and Two," he said. "We get down big in the first half and then play hard in the second half but the hole's too big.

"Against San Antonio, if you put your guard down they take advantage of it. They're good because they have a lot of options. Everybody's a threat.

"This is as well as I've seen them play all season. Game Seven against Dallas they came out of gate and they haven't stopped since then."

San Antonio, who finished the regular season with the best record in the league, last won the NBA championship in 2007.

(Editing by John O'Brien)


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azteckin May 11 2014 at 9:53 AM

Yawn...The Red Chameleon Lucky Charm is alive and well. Don't mess with the Karma.

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chairepair May 11 2014 at 4:36 PM

golf

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wayne.stone33 chairepair May 11 2014 at 10:03 PM

Don't really care for golf but I would rather watch that than a bunch of crying, whining, sniveling, spoiled, overpaid prima donnas. According to Magic Johnson, who admitted that he holds the same opinion as everyone in the world, all NBA players will boycott next year if any of the Sterlings have ownership in the Clippers. Really? Good. Then they can all be fired for violating their contracts and they should be banned from ever playing again. Oh, and Magic said he would be interested in buying the team. Smell a skunk?

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patriot1too May 11 2014 at 5:33 PM

Due to the reverse discrimination scheme against Mr. Sterling and the media frenzy against his private thoughts that were illegaly recorded we shall not be watching any NBA game and no longer care about any team they have in their organization. Too politicaly correct and pushing a bad agenda.

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Max Mad patriot1too May 11 2014 at 5:40 PM

DITO

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plansmaker May 12 2014 at 12:36 AM

Blazers in the Conf final because lucky shot by Lillard. Now facing superior SAS, they are in a mismatch. SAS maybe old team but they still can kick young butts of PTBlazers anytime when title is on the line. Ask Damian Lillard.

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sdowns1470 May 11 2014 at 6:34 PM

Tim, Tony and Manu have been together since the 2002-03 season, my freshman year of high school. That tells you right there that they have been together a long time. Pop as he is known in San Antonio to us fans, keeps track of their minutes to keep them as fresh as he can. They have played every other day since last Sunday when they beat Dallas 119-96.

When they started this series against Portland,I had serious reservations. I knew that they would win the series, but I thought for sure this was going to go to six or seven games. Now this looks like it will wrap up tomorrow night in Portland. I don't think Portland will go down if they play better ball.

The Spurs have outright dominated Portland throughout this series. They have won by an average of 19 points through out this series just to round off the 2/3 of the points margin. They are the best team in the west and in the league for a reason, they have played like this all year long.

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gwhiz32 May 11 2014 at 8:33 PM

so it's ok for barkley to make racial comments...such as "it's a black league"...oh really charles...go back and read the history of the league and look who's writtinbg the checks to the players etc....and it's ok for barkley to make a smart ass remard like..."hey ernie, i thought about painting my face white before coming on the set"...wow! talk about double standards.

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nelso53 gwhiz32 May 11 2014 at 9:47 PM

gwhiz come on, let's put this in perspective! Aren't you over-judging Charles just a tad? Granted he always speaks his mind leaving no doubt in his listeners' minds that he is honest with his opinions. Charles knows as well as any other African American that sports was dominated by athletes of European descent, at least for the first half of the 20th century. It is also an indisputable fact that Basketball is now almost dominated by African American athletes. That is why I am at a complete loss to understand why you have dubbed him racist for relatively benign and factual comments. Charles is Charles, but racist, no!

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gwhiz32 May 11 2014 at 8:36 PM

p.s. and shaq can make fun of handicap individuals and nothing is ever done....wow!

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Max Mad gwhiz32 May 11 2014 at 10:35 PM

That is becouse they are black

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Bobby Lopez May 11 2014 at 8:46 PM

Bollinger and B should go back to school and do their reserach on the spurs. Or just watch the game, The Spurs have been schooling the Blazers.....Go Spurs Go. I predict a sweep!

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vancurren May 11 2014 at 10:14 PM

It's sports, who cares?

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Max Mad vancurren May 11 2014 at 10:34 PM

I am getting to think the same thing.
All these sports people think they are so much better then every body else.
If people would stop watching and paying to see them play it would shut them all down

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BARRY AND KATHY May 11 2014 at 11:29 PM

Tony Parker led ''with'' 29 points, not ''by''. Led who by 29 points.
Why don't they even try any more?

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mqats BARRY AND KATHY May 12 2014 at 2:46 AM

"Tony Parker lead by 29-points as the 10-player team finished playoff game with triple digit scores."
Headline obviously not written by an English speaker. Possibly, not written by mammal.

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