(5) Portland Trail Blazers (1-3) at (1) San Antonio Spurs (3-1), 9:30 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The San Antonio Spurs will once again try to polish off
the Portland Trail Blazers, this time it will be at AT&T Center for Wednesday
night's Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals.
San Antonio had a chance to sweep on Monday night, but Portland pulled out a
With their backs against the wall, Portland was led by its point guard. Damian
Lillard scored 25 points and was one of five Trail Blazers in double figures
for the night.
"We knew that this could have been our last game if we didn't come out and
correct the things that we had been doing wrong over the first three games,"
said Lillard. "I think guys were locked in. Everybody competed."
Lillard was 11-for-21 from the field on Monday after shooting 37.5 percent
over the first three games.
LaMarcus Aldridge was next for Portland with 19 points, followed by a
sensational all-around effort from Nicolas Batum, who had 14 points, 14
rebounds and eight assists.
Wesley Matthews added 10 and Will Barton gave the Blazers bench a much-needed
lift with 17 points.
"It was a good game, but we still got another three to go," Blazers head coach
Terry Stotts said.
Tony Parker was held to 14 points after going for at least 29 in three of his
last four games. Tim Duncan had 12 points and nine rebounds for San Antonio,
which is looking to head to the conference finals for a third consecutive
Boris Diaw (12), Kawhi Leonard (11) and Patty Mills (10) also scored in double
figures for San Antonio.
"I don't think that we had the energy, the focus," said Spurs coach Gregg
Popovich. "We didn't accomplish our defensive tasks the way we had the first
three games. Both mentally and physically, we played at a lower level than we
After leading for just 33 seconds over the first three games, Portland used a
big run during the middle stages of the third quarter to pull away in this
one. The Blazers led throughout the second half, building a 20-point, fourth-
No NBA team has ever lost a best-of-seven playoff series after going up 3-0.
The Blazers were the last team to take one to a seventh game, but lost to the
Dallas Mavericks in a 2003 first-round series.
"Like we said, why not us?," asked Batum. "It's never been done before. We're
down 3-0. We know it's going to be tough. It won't be easy, especially against
this team, the San Antonio Spurs. Like we always say, just take one game at a
"We had a great game tonight. We'll try to do the same thing, go down there to
San Antonio and just be focused on that game and move on."
A potential Game 6 would be Friday night in Portland.
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