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            === Parker, Spurs take 3-0 series lead over Blazers ===
 
 Portland,  OR  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Not even  a return  to Moda Center could
 help the struggling Portland Trail Blazers.
 
 Tony  Parker scored  a game-high  29 points,  Tim Duncan  had 19  and the  San
 Antonio  Spurs took a  commanding 3-0 series lead with a 118-103 road win over
 Portland in Game 3 of this Western Conference semifinal.
 
 The  veteran-led  Spurs, who needed  seven games to  get past the pesky Dallas
 Mavericks  in  the opening round,  have made it  look easy against the upstart
 Blazers here in the second round. After winning by 24 and 17 points in Games 1
 and  2, respectively,  San Antonio shot a perfect 25-for-25 from the foul line
 on its way to a third consecutive blowout.
 
 Kawhi  Leonard tallied  16 points with 10 rebounds and Manu Ginobili netted 14
 off  the bench for the Spurs, who committed just seven turnovers while forcing
 14.
 
 Four  Portland starters  poured  in  20-plus points,  but  with  sixth man  Mo
 Williams  sidelined with a groin injury, the Blazers reserves contributed just
 six  points  -- four of  which went to  C.J. McCollum in  the final 1:34 -- on
 eight shots.
 
 Wesley  Matthews led  the  way with  22 points,  Damian  Lillard and  LaMarcus
 Aldridge had 21 apiece and Nicolas Batum scored 20 in the deflating setback.
 
 "It  was  disappointing to  have a  game like this,"  said Portland head coach
 Terry  Stotts.  "To have  a game  like this, the  crowd was  great. We made it
 interesting  in the second half, but against San Antonio if you put your guard
 down,  they  take advantage  of it.  They're good  because they  have a lot of
 options."
 
 Lillard,  whose  buzzer-beating  3-pointer  in  Game  6  of  the  first  round
 eliminated  the  Houston Rockets, has struggled  mightily from the arc in this
 series.  Lillard  made 23-of-47  against  the  Rockets  but is  1-for-12  from
 distance in three losses to the Spurs.
 
 No team has ever come back to win a seven game series after trailing 3-0.
 
 The  Spurs scored on five straight possessions early on, with Parker following
 a Duncan layup with four consecutive jumpers for a 10-3 lead three minutes in.
 
 "Tony has been the engine for us and he started out really well tonight," said
 Spurs  head coach  Gregg Popovich. "He made shots, he involved everybody else.
 He played D at the other end. He really played a whole, complete game."
 
 Portland  briefly  led, 13-12,  on a  Lillard jumper,  but San Antonio quickly
 went back on top and built a comfortable lead as the quarter went on. Duncan's
 jumper  ignited  an 8-0 surge to  make it 20-13.  In the waning moments of the
 period,  Marco  Belinelli got an  off-balance jumper to  go to push the margin
 into double figures, and the Spurs led 28-18 after the first.
 
 Belinelli  and  Patty Mills stepped into  back-to-back 3s early in the second.
 Boris  Diaw followed with  a sweeping layup and less than two minutes into the
 period, the lead had grown to 16. It was 60-40 at halftime.
 
 A  pair of Batum 3-pointers highlighted a 17-4 flurry to open the second half,
 as  Portland showed  signs of  life  for the  first  time since  early in  the
 contest. But the deficit was too much to overcome.
 
 Any  momentum that San Antonio had lost during Portland's run in the third was
 restored heading into the final frame, as Diaw's offensive rebound and reverse
 layup in the final stages of the stanza had the lead back to 14.
 
 The spread hovered between 11 and 22 the rest of the way.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 The  Spurs  improved to 13-5 all-time  in postseason matchups with the Blazers
 ... San Antonio swept the most recent playoff meeting between the two teams, a
 4-0  series  win in the 1999  Western Conference Finals ... Duncan passed Karl
 Malone  (4,761) for  fifth all-time  in playoff  scoring with  a short  jumper
 midway  through the  second quarter.  Duncan now  trails just  Michael Jordan,
 Kareem  Abdul-Jabbar, Kobe  Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal ... The Spurs have now
 scored  at least  60 points in the  first half of four straight playoff games.
 They  are  the first team  since Portland in 1992  to accomplish that feat ...
 San Antonio's bench is outscoring Portland's 140-43 in three games.
 
 05/11 06:52:24 ET