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                  === Spurs seek 2-0 lead against Portland ===
 (  -  The San  Antonio Spurs  will try  to keep the momentum
 going  against the Portland  Trail Blazers when the two squads meet for Game 2
 of their Western Conference semifinal series Thursday at AT&T Center.
 The Spurs squashed the Blazers in Game 1 Tuesday night, 116-92.
 Tony  Parker led six  San Antonio players in double figures with 33 points and
 doled out nine assists as the seasoned veterans imposed their will against the
 younger, more inexperienced Blazers.
 The  Spurs did  not need their stars  down the stretch for the second straight
 game thanks to building a big lead that was never seriously threatened.
 Marco  Belinelli contributed 19 points off the bench, Tim Duncan finished with
 12  points and  11 rebounds. For Duncan, it was his 152nd career double-double
 in the postseason, which is second to Magic Johnson's 157.
 Kawhi  Leonard  added 16 points and  nine boards for San Antonio, which ousted
 the  eighth-seeded Dallas  Mavericks  in Game  7 on  Sunday  with a  similarly
 lopsided 23-point rout.
 "We  have to realize  Game 1 is just Game 1. It's just one game," Parker said.
 "They  will  come out with  a lot of  energy (in Game 2)  and we have to match
 Patty  Mills and Aaron  Baynes, who played one game in the Dallas series, both
 had  10 for  the  second  unit. The  Spurs  benched  destroyed their  Portland
 counterparts,  50-18, which  makes  sense considering  the  San Antonio  bench
 finished  first  in the regular  season in bench  scoring and the Blazers were
 LaMarcus  Aldridge put up 32 points and 14 rebounds for Portland, while Damian
 Lillard,  the hero  in  the series  clincher against  the  Houston Rockets  on
 Friday, started slow and ended with 17 points on 6-of-15 shooting.
 Robin Lopez was the only other Portland player in double figures Tuesday night
 with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
 Portland  reached  the Western Conference semifinals  for the first time in 14
 years when Lillard ended the Rockets' season with a dramatic buzzer-beating 3-
 pointer in Game 6.
 In  the Blazers'  first six possessions of  Game 1, they missed six shots, had
 two turnovers and trailed 8-0 after Parker drove to the hoop for two.
 An  early  timeout did  little to  help Portland, which  shot 21.7 percent (5-
 of-23)  from the field in the opening frame and nearly got outscored by Parker
 himself, with the All-Star point guard's 13-point quarter leading the way to a
 29-16 spread.
 "I  think  San Antonio's energy  was at a  high level and  it took us a little
 while  to catch  up to  that  level," Blazers  coach Terry  Stotts said  after
 practice  on Wednesday. "You've got to learn from it and you've got to get off
 to a better start."
 Portland, which committed 20 turnovers to just nine assists, had posted a 14-7
 record  against San  Antonio the past five regular seasons, the best record in
 the NBA against the Spurs in that time.
 Game 3 will be Saturday night at the Moda Center in Portland.
 05/08 09:20:55 ET