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Spurs beat Blazers, back in West Finals



SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard each scored 22 points, and the San Antonio Spurs overcame an injury to Tony Parker to close out the Western Conference semifinals with a 104-82 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.

Patty Mills scored 18 points and Tim Duncan had 16 points and eight rebounds for San Antonio, which had four blowout victories in the five-game series.

It's the third straight conference finals appearance for San Antonio, which lost a heartbreaking seven-game series to the Miami Heat in last season's NBA Finals.

San Antonio, which had the NBA's best record, will await the winner of the series between Oklahoma City and the Los Angeles Clippers. The Thunder have a 3-2 lead.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 21 points for Portland, while Damian Lillard added 17 points and 10 assists.

The Trail Blazers' bench contributed only seven points compared to 40 by the Spurs' reserves.

After playing with various injuries throughout last postseason, the Spurs had been healthy in these playoffs until Wednesday.

Parker, who missed 13 games during the regular season, exited in the first half with tightness in his left hamstring.

After returning to the court with 9:46 remaining in the second quarter, Parker left the game exactly a minute later. He headed back to the locker room followed closely by San Antonio general manager R.C. Buford and team physician, Dr. Paul Saenz.

Parker was scoreless in 10 minutes, missing his only two shots as Portland pushed to keep the All-Star point guard out of the paint.

Manu Ginobili handled most of the ball-handling duties with Parker out.

Even with Parker slowed, the Spurs still had another good start thanks to their hustle on the boards.

Tiago Splitter had two offensive rebounds in the opening 3 minutes. The Spurs, who were averaging 9.3 offensive rebounds in the postseason, had five in the first quarter alone.

The Blazers went on a 9-0 run once Splitter exited, with Aldridge benefiting the most from the big man's absence. He hit a pair of jumpers over Boris Diaw for his first points of the game to spark the run.

Mills provided a huge spark even before Parker's exit.

The energetic Aussie sprinted for a layup after tipping away C.J. McCollum's dribble in the backcourt. A possession later, Mills blocked Lillard's 3-pointer, igniting a fast break that led to Green's first 3 of the game.

Green had the strongest effort of the postseason, going 4 for 6 on 3s.

San Antonio had four 3s in the second quarter, with Leonard's second extending its lead to 43-30 with 4:47 remaining in the half.

NOTES: Portland G Mo Williams (groin) missed his third straight game. After scoring six points on 3-for-11 shooting in the series opener, Williams exited Game 2 after nine minutes with a strained groin and has not played since. . Meb Keflezighi, the first American man to win the Boston Marathon in 31 years, was in attendance. . Ginobili slapped the scorer's table twice in celebration after Green's jumper rattled in with 6 minutes remaining. Green has struggled shooting throughout the postseason. .. Mills rushed down the court to hit a 3-pointer after receiving a push by Spurs assistant coach Sean Marks after the diminutive guard leapt into the team's bench to save a defensive rebound. . Spurs coach Gregg Popovich screamed at Duncan for not providing weak-side help for Diaw on a dunk by Aldridge with 6 minutes left in the first half. After initially shaking his head and frowning at Popovich, Duncan raised his hand, nodded his head and said "My fault. My fault." Duncan later pointed to the sky after making a straightaway, 18-foot jumper with 5:24 remaining in the third quarter.

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MICHAEL May 15 2014 at 1:52 AM

GO SPURS GO ! !!

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patriot1too May 15 2014 at 5:18 AM

The whole NBA has been scared by the recent reverse discrimination charges against Mr. Sterling. The whole NBA, the spin media and that so called majic Johnson should opoligize to him and the public. We do not care to have anything to do with any NBA team or game after their racist attack on that innocent man.

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bergedw1965 May 15 2014 at 11:11 AM

everybody is racist.i work with black people who scream discrimination.most of these people use that as an excuse not to better themselves.you do not see magic johnson giving money for charities not associated with black people.if his mistress was so upset with him,she should have left him,the 1.8 million dollars he gave her had a lot to do with it.if she had any black pride she would have not dated him.he should be able to keep the clippers.this is a free country.if i had to sell the team i would ask for double what the franchise is worth.maybe the black people should concentrate on why we have so many single black mothers..maybe the black men who make babies should be more supportive.instead they just get one girl pregnant and move on to the next.most of them do not have the money to take care of them.i think these single black mothers should have waited to get a man with a job and could be supportive of their children.instead their need to breed is stronger than having brains,mr.x

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markhsutherland bergedw1965 May 15 2014 at 11:41 AM

What does any of this have to do with the game? Your comments, and the thoughts behind them are SIMPLY NOT RELEVANT.

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cmrbolden bergedw1965 May 15 2014 at 12:58 PM

You and Sterling should have dinner, both of you humans share a distorted, uneducated view of black people and society with no real understanding of the social, economic, environmental, educational and historical influences that shape this nations minority populations especially us black folks you are speaking from an uneducated off the cuff view point .. It is clear he should not be allowed to represent the NBA as a owner, one only has to listen to the man speak to see he is a modern day version of a slave master he speaks from a view of someone that is superior to other humans, Sterling will never feel he did or does anything wrong he will point out everyone else’s flaws or missteps while never really understanding his own. Sterling biggest character issue aside from his stated racist views and discriminatory business practices is his total lack of respect for his wife and marriage.

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cmrbolden cmrbolden May 15 2014 at 1:05 PM

Sterling doesn’t realize that a human with a superior skill in a sport, is a valuable revenue generator, our sport hungry nation pays a pretty penny to see this skill on display, so Sterling should understand he is being paid by the public to facilitate the structure and system he is nothing more then a well paid middleman product service provider to which the athlete is the product and service. Have a little more knowlege and respect for the players cultures that make you that insane amount of money that the public is paying you to provide.

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dan_crabtree May 15 2014 at 12:27 PM

Still searching for all that diversity Mr Silver spoke of in the NBA while hanging Mr Sterling...maybe i will try the NHL...

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sdowns1470 May 15 2014 at 12:20 PM

The Spurs did a great job last night, I was in the shower when Tony Parker went to the locker room. My mom said somebody got hurt, but had no idea who it was. I went to cbssports.com and clicked on the Portland/SA game tracker and scrolled through the blog. I saw that it was Tony Parker, I said oh my god! He never did return to the game.

Then about 10 last night, my mom was out in the kitchen to get some cheetos and heard water in the freezer part of our side by side refrigerator/freezer and figured it was the ice maker filling up. She opened it and saw water flowing inside, everything was getting soaked. Had to take the stuff off the shelves and the ice maker and clean up. Halftime was almost over, but that was it for us. Took 45 minutes to clean up and put it all away.

It was about 10:45 when we got to bed. By then the fourth quarter was starting and said we'll watch it tonight because nothing exciting to watch. Ice maker quit working 10 days prior, so why that happened, who knows.

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rnashed May 15 2014 at 12:18 PM

Go Wizards!

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rohlemeyer May 15 2014 at 12:09 PM

Yawn. Same old, same old. Spurs or the Heat. At least the Lakers are out of it.

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floatgod May 15 2014 at 12:07 PM

Thank you SPURS!

I live in Portland and you would have thought the (Jail) Blazers were the best thing since sliced bread. Now I can have some piece and quiet without everyone asking me "How 'bout them Blazers?" Well how 'bout them! Nearly every team in the NBA makes the playoffs and the playoffs are almost as long as the regular season. So a few weeks after the NBA Championship series is over they will begin practice for the next season.

But congratulations to the SPURS for showing the (Jail) Blazers are a sham.

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cereabeal jr May 15 2014 at 11:52 AM

Way to go Danny Green

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rdcabe May 15 2014 at 10:41 AM

GO HEAT!!!!!!

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