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             === Batum's triple-double paces Blazers past Spurs ===
 Portland,  OR  ( -  Nicolas Batum  recorded his third career
 triple-double with 11 points, 11 assists and 12 rebounds in the Trail Blazers'
 115-105 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday.
 Batum  had just six  points late in the contest but sank a pair of clutch free
 throws  with nine  seconds left to put  Portland up by seven. After Tim Duncan
 missed a 3-pointer on the other end, Batum nailed a deep 3 as time expired to
 secure the triple-double.
 Batum was just over midcourt when he took the shot and apologized afterward
 for gunning for the triple-double.
 "I  know  that's a bad thing  to do," said  Batum. "I don't want to disrespect
 this team."
 Damian  Lillard led  all scorers with 25  points to go with seven rebounds and
 seven  assists while  LeMarcus Aldridge and Wesley Matthews contributed 24 and
 20  points,  respectively. Aldridge hit  11-of-17 from the floor for Portland,
 which won its second straight following an opening night loss in Phoenix.
 Duncan  returned to the San Antonio lineup after missing Friday's win over the
 Lakers  with a  chest contusion and scored  24 points to lead the Spurs. Marco
 Belinelli  had 19  points off the bench  and Tony Parker tallied 17 points and
 nine assists.
 "We  could have done better in the first half," said Parker. "We still have to
 work on some stuff."
 Portland  never trailed  by  more than  two  and went  up by  13  points on  a
 Matthews'  triple  at the 6:39  mark of  the third, but  the Spurs put a scare
 into the home team late in the action.
 The  Spurs trailed 104-95  with 2:17 left in the fourth but went on a mini-run
 on  a Boris  Diaw reverse  layup and  Belinelli 3.  Lillard knocked  down free
 throws  on the other  end, but Duncan came down and scored on a hook shot with
 46 seconds left for a four-point margin.
 Matthews  threw down  an emphatic  jam after  Batum deflected  a rebound  from
 Lillard's  3-point try  with 21  seconds  left, but  Belinelli responded  with
 another  triple  on the ensuing  inbounds. Lillard once  again drew a foul and
 made two from the line, and Manu Ginobili's late 3-pointer was off the mark.
 Despite  the mostly one-sided  affair, the Spurs got a spark late in the first
 period  when Ginobili  beat the buzzer with a leaning jumper to cut Portland's
 lead to 21-19.
 Not  to be outdone, Aldridge drained a jump-shot of his own less than a second
 before halftime.
                                   Game Notes
 Portland's  starters outscored  their counterparts, 92-50 ... The Blazers shot
 17-of-19  from the free throw line, while the Spurs made just 5-for-8 ... Diaw
 shot  6-of-7 for 14  points ... The Spurs visit Denver on Tuesday to wrap up a
 three-game road trip. Portland hosts the Rockets on Tuesday.
 11/03 01:40:31 ET