Originally written December 14, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Rookie point guard Damian Lillard outdueled All-Star Tony Parker, and the Portland Trail Blazers held off a late San Antonio Spurs surge to win 98-90 Thursday night at the Rose Garden. Lillard collected season highs in points (29) and rebounds (seven), and he had six assists. The 6-foot-3 Weber State product shot 11-for-22 from the field and 5-for-5 from the free-throw line. He committed only two turnovers in 40 minutes. Parker led San Antonio with 21 points, making seven of 15 shots from the field and seven of seven from the line. He had five assists with four turnovers in 37 minutes. "I knew it was going to be a tough cover for me," Lillard said. "I wanted to attack the game offensively, and defensively try to make it as tough as possible for him to get his shot off and make those floaters." The rookie impressed veteran Spurs coach Greg Popovich. "He's a wonderful player. His skills are obvious, but I like his demeanor as ...
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