Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 3)

Series starts 12/30

Game 1: Thursday, December 30th
Trail Blazers80
Game 2: Monday, January 24th
Trail Blazers107
Game 3: Tuesday, April 12th
Trail Blazers89Final

Spurs 114

(24-6, 10-5 away)

Trail Blazers 80

(13-14, 7-5 home)

    Coverage: KRRT

    7:30 PM ET, December 30, 2004

    Moda Center, Portland, OR

    1 2 3 4 T
    SA 21 36 21 36114
    POR 14 22 26 1880

    Top Performers

    SA: T. Duncan 19 Pts, 9 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Blk

    Por: D. Miles 17 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Ast

    Spurs dominate the paint in win

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The San Antonio Spurs beat the Trail Blazers in so many ways, Portland coach Maurice Cheeks stopped counting.

    "They kicked us from start to finish," Cheeks said. "From tip-off until the end of the game."

    Tim Duncan had 19 points and nine rebounds for the Spurs and Tony Parker added 18 points in their 114-80 rout on Thursday night.

    San Antonio has won four straight and seven of its last eight, but this victory stood out.

    "It was one of our best games all year," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "We're not this good though and Portland is not that bad. That's just what happens when someone is playing very good and somebody is not playing well."

    Darius Miles had 17 points for the Blazers in their most lopsided loss of the season. Shareef Abdur-Rahim had 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Nick Van Exel added 12 points for Portland.

    Parker, coming off a season-high 29 points against Phoenix, scored 15 in the first half. Portland's guards struggled to keep up with Parker, especially 33-year-old Van Exel, who has bad knees and has said he intends to retire at the end of the season.

    Parker came into the game averaging 22.8 points on 59 percent shooting in his last five contests, helping San Antonio (24-6) move closer to league-leading Phoenix (25-4).

    San Antonio had six players in double figures, including rookie Beno Udrih, who had 12 points and 10 assists. The Spurs had more assists (34) than the Blazers had field goals (30).

    "We're a very unselfish team," Parker said. "We always try to find the guy who is wide open. That's how we play."

    The Blazers had no answer for Duncan inside, especially after center Theo Ratliff left the game with a sore shoulder. Portland was outrebounded 49-39 and outscored 62-42 in the paint.

    Duncan and Rasho Nesterovic all but shut down Zach Randolph, Portland's leading scorer and rebounder, holding him to 10 points and six rebounds.

    Portland made only one of its first nine shots while Parker scored nine early points to help San Antonio open up a 17-2 lead. Portland rallied, scoring 12 unanswered points late in the first quarter, but Parker got the Spurs running again and pushed the lead to 40-25 midway through the second. San Antonio made 14 of 21 shots in the second quarter and led 57-36 by halftime.

    "From one to 12, whoever stepped onto the floor didn't have anything tonight," Cheeks said. "There's no explaining the effort tonight."

    Abdur-Rahim returned to the Blazers after sitting out six games with an elbow injury, playing 31 minutes with Randolph on the bench for long stretches.

    Spurs guard Brent Barry scored 15 points while starting in place of Manu Ginobili, who sat out with a strained neck.<

    Notes:@ Portland's previous worst loss was a 112-88 defeat against Cleveland on Dec. 15. ... The Spurs swept the four-game series from Portland last season.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 114 80
    FGM-FGA 47-87 (.540) 30-76 (.395)
    3PM-3PA 7-15 (.467) 4-6 (.667)
    FTM-FTA 13-20 (.650) 16-25 (.640)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 15-49 12-39
    Assists 34 21
    Turnovers 8 14
    Steals 6 4
    Blocks 7 3
    Fast Break Points 16 16
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (1/0) 20 (0/1)
    Largest Lead 34 0

    Top Performers

    San Antonio
    Tim Duncan Duncan
    Points: 19
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 2
    Darius Miles Miles
    Points: 17
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0