Originally posted on Project Spurs  |  Last updated 12/14/12
For Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers, Thursday evening in Portland was a season-high type of night. Lillard led the Blazers to a 98-90 victory over the San Antonio Spurs in which the rookie scored 29 points, grabbed seven rebounds, and dished six assists. For the Spurs, it was yet another back-to-back game on the road. With an aging core and the team still missing its first and second small forwards, the Spurs showed signs of fatigue as they turned the ball over 19 times, and just couldn’t put a consistent quarter together. Here’s the rundown of the Spurs’ attempted comeback in Portland that was silenced by a Nicolas Batum three pointer late in the fourth quarter. First Quarter: Spurs 21, Blazers 23 Shooting: Spurs 47%, Blazers 46% Turnovers: Spurs 6, Blazers 5 Turnovers were a problem for both teams as the first quarter was a turnover-fest where both teams couldn’t get into a routine on offense because of their turnovers. After the first, Tim Duncan (16 points, 6 rebounds) lead the Spurs with six points, while LaMarcus Aldridge (22 points) led the Blazers with 10 points, mainly when DeJuan Blair was on the floor defending him. “For our part, too many turnovers,” said Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich to TNT’s Craig Sager after the first quarter. Second Quarter: Spurs 45, Blazers 49 Shooting: Spurs 49%, Blazers 44% Turnovers: Spurs 10, Blazers 7 The Spurs limited themselves again on offense in the second quarter by continuing to turn the ball over. The defense held its ground for the majority of the quarter, but late in the quarter the Blazers went on a an 8-0 run to boost their lead to seven points, but  the Spurs found the answers to go into halftime down two points. By half, Duncan had 10 points, Tony Parker (21 points, 5 assists) had nine points, Tiago Splitter (12 points, 7 rebounds) had eight points, and Manu Ginobili (12 points, 7 asssists) had six. Aldridge and Lillard each scored 12 points for the Blazers, while Luke Babbitt (12 points) scored eight points off  the bench.  Third Quarter: Spurs 69, Blazers 76 Shooting: Spurs 47%, Blazers 45% Turnovers: Spurs 15, Blazers 10 As the Spurs began to look tired in the third, Lillard put his foot on the gas by pouring in 12 points for the Blazers. The Blazers went on a late 11-2 run that gave them an 11-point lead, but then the Spurs made a late 8-4 run to close the quarter. The Spurs just weren’t moving the ball on offense and were struggling to rotate on defense, signs of exhaustion. Fourth Quarter: Spurs 90, Blazers 98 Shooting: Spurs 46%, Blazers 46% Turnovers: Spurs 19, Blazers 14 The fourth quarter remained the same as the previous three quarters. Lillard continued to thrive, while  the Spurs’ offense couldn’t consistently execute due to what looked to be fatigue, and the turnovers continued to be an issue. The Spurs at one point fell behind by as much as 11 points, but they managed to get the Blazers’ lead down to three points, but a Batum (11 points, 8 assists) three pointer in the final minute was the dagger that sealed the game. With the loss, the Spurs have now lost back-to-back games and fall to 18-6 on the season. The team will fly back to San Antonio where they’ll prepare to host the visiting Boston Celtics in the AT&T Center on Monday. 
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Did Lakers commit tampering violation with Magic’s tweets?

Larry Bird, Pacers don’t sound committed to Frank Vogel

Justin Verlander, Kate Upton are engaged

Josh Norman: Odell Beckham Jr. ‘trying to steal my bologna’

JJ Hardy reportedly out 6-8 weeks with fractured left foot

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Title game hero Kris Jenkins returning to Villanova

University of Illinois is finally ready to find a new mascot

Luke Walton: D’Angelo Russell ‘can be a perennial All-Star’

Myles Jack: Fall out of first round was ‘humiliating’

Report: Dodgers’ Josh Ravin facing 80-game PED suspension

Sanchez views Broncos drafting QB as vote of confidence

Some questions about Space Jam 2 that need answers

Durant talks about getting name-drop on Drake's album

Hulk Hogan suing Gawker for leaking tape of racist rant

Randy Johnson to have street at Chase Field named after him

Five bizarre moments in Round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs

Barry Trotz is disappointed with Brooks Orpik suspension

Lou Lamoriello hopes the Leafs never get the first pick again

Questions for the second-round NBA playoffs series

Softball team loses title due to premature celebration

After avoiding losing, the Raptors can focus on winning

How the Sharks have 'weathered the storm' against the Predators

Seahawks GM says no one will wear Lynch's No. 24

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Five bizarre moments in Round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs

How the Sharks have 'weathered the storm' against the Predators

Okay, who stole the Kansas City Royals player off that billboard?

Eight players to watch in Round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs

A Round-By-Round Look At the NFL Draft

10 biggest takeaways from the NBA playoffs thus far

QUIZ: Name every No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft since 1985

NHL postseason Round 2 quick hits: Sharks vs. Predators

NHL postseason Round 2 quick hits: Blues vs. Stars

NHL postseason Round 2 quick hits: Capitals vs. Penguins

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker