PORTLAND, Ore. – Bryn Forbes had 18 points as a substitute and the San Antonio Spurs extended their winning streak to a season-high three with a 114-83 win over the brief Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday night. .
Doug McDermott added 16 points and Dejounte Murray had 15 points and 13 assists for the Spurs.
The loss broke the Blazers’ 10-game winning streak at home. Portland is led by CJ McCollum and Norman Powell with 16 points each. Powell has missed the last two games with his right quadriceps.
The Blazers are without All-Star guard Damian Lillard, who is suffering from lower abdominal tendinitis. Portland announced Wednesday that Lillard will be out for 10 days before being reevaluated.
“Obviously we parted ways with Damian not playing tonight, but it happens all the time and you can’t feel sorry for anyone. But he will make the difference,” said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.
Anfernee Simons started in Lillard’s place but left in the first half after flipping her right ankle and failing to return. The team said after the game it was an ankle sprain.
Spurs took an 86-70 lead into the fourth half but the Blazers managed to bounce back. They closed the gap to 87-75 on Ben McLemore’s 3-pointers with 8:33 to go through, but San Antonio responded with a 12-0 run to pull away, and the fans began to flock towards exit.
Keldon Johnson and Jakob Poeltl finished with 14 points each for San Antonio.
McDermott, acquired by the Spurs in the off-season from Indiana, started against the Blazers after missing four games with inflammation in his right knee.
McDermott praised Forbes, who began his career with the Spurs before winning the NBA championship with the Bucks last season. Forbes didn’t get into the game until late in the third quarter.
“He won a ring for a reason. He was an important part of that championship race,” McDermott said. “He’s trusted by the world, so it’s a great weapon to have on the bench when you have someone like that who can come on and change the game in an instant.”
Lonnie Walker IV’s pitch gave Spurs a 30-16 lead in the opening half. San Antonio pushed the score to 44-34 after Johnson’s free-throw and free-throw shot.
McCollum sealed Portland’s third in the final moments of the opening half, and San Antonio took the lead 68-47.
Spurs, the team with the fewest 3-pointers in the NBA, made 11 in the opening half – including the first 3 of the game. They didn’t have 3 points in Q3 and finished with 14 points.
Blazers freshman coach Chauncey Billups said 23 games of the season he was worried about the effort.
“I think my biggest concern right now is I want us to be more competitive, man. I want us to be more competitive,” he said. “I want us to compete in every game. And I don’t feel like we do it every night. We do not. “
Forbes scored his 18 points after just 15:18 on the court – coming in first with 3:18 remaining in the third quarter. He’s 7th out of 9 on the floor and has three 3-pointers.
Spurs: San Antonio (7-13) improves to 3-7 on the road. … It was the first in the three-game trip. … Spurs take the lead in the all-time series, 89-88.
Trail Blazers: The Blazers (11-12) have been enhanced by their home record. They are 1-10 on the road this season. … Portland’s 10-game winning streak at home is the team’s longest since 2009. … The Blazers play against the Spurs three more times this season. … The Blazers had a 110-92 victory over Detroit on Tuesday, winning three losses.
The Spurs visit the Golden State Warriors on Saturday.
The Trail Blazers take on the Boston Celtics on Saturday.
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