Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 1/4

Game 1: Wednesday, January 4th
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Spurs106
Game 2: Wednesday, February 1st
Spurs86Final
Trail Blazers82
Game 3: Saturday, March 4th
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Spurs101
Game 4: Friday, March 24th
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Trail Blazers79

Trail Blazers 75

(10-22, 4-13 away)

Spurs 106

(25-7, 15-1 home)

Coverage: FSSW

7:30 PM ET, January 4, 2006

AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

1 2 3 4 T
POR 22 20 22 1175
SA 28 25 25 28106

Top Performers

Portland: J. Jack 15 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

San Antonio: T. Duncan 18 Pts, 13 Reb, 4 Ast, 4 Blk

Spurs shut down Randolph, rout Trail Blazers

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- The San Antonio Spurs went into their game against Portland with the aim of keeping Zach Randolph from doing too much offensive damage against them.

They achieved that goal and then some.

Tim Duncan and Tony Parker each scored 18 points and the Spurs' big men held Randolph, Portland's top scorer at 18.5 ppg, to five points on 1-for-14 shooting as San Antonio beat the Trail Blazers 106-75 on Wednesday night.

"(Randolph) was our main focus tonight," said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. "Tim had him at first and then Robert (Horry) picked him up and did a great job."

Randolph sat down for the night late in the third period with Portland down by 15. Afterward, he blamed his performance on a stuffy head.

"My head hurts," he said. "I shouldn't have played tonight. I didn't feel good."

None of the Blazers stepped up to fill the scoring void, particularly in the second half. Portland shot 9-for-32 (28 percent) after the break, with just three of them coming in the fourth quarter.

Portland coach Nate McMillan said the Blazers are having trouble relying on each other as a team.

"When it's difficult for us to score, we just can't dig down and scrap," he said. "We need to learn that when things are going bad, that's when we need to come together."

The Spurs had 57 rebounds, including 20 on the offensive end, and outscored the Blazers 28-11 in the final quarter.

"They started out kind of hot and we kind of stuck with it and kept them off the glass," Duncan said. "They didn't get a whole lot of second shots, and every shot they took was contested."

Manu Ginobili added 15 points and Rasho Nesterovic matched his season high with 12. Michael Finley and Nazr Mohammed each had 11 points, and Duncan grabbed 13 rebounds.

Jarrett Jack's 15 points led Portland, which shot 26-for-70 (37 percent). Juan Dixon scored 12 and Ruben Patterson 11.

The Trail Blazers took an early lead in the game as the Spurs struggled with turnovers and errant shooting. But Parker, who had all seven of his assists in the first half, found Nesterovic twice in a row for layups and then he passed to Duncan cutting down the lane for a dunk to give San Antonio its first lead at 12-10.

The Spurs scored their first nine baskets inside and maintained a small lead through most of the half until a 3-pointer by Ginobili extended their advantage to 47-37 with 2:39 remaining in the second quarter.

San Antonio held a 53-42 lead at the half and saw it grow to as many as 33 points in the fourth even after the regulars sat down for the night.

Duncan scored 15 points in the first half and Nesterovic made six of his seven shots for 12 points.

Game notes


The Spurs and Blazers are the two worst free-throw shooting teams in the league, but they combined to make 35 of their 43 shots (81 percent) at the line. ... Duncan collected his 7,500th career rebound in the second quarter. ... Perhaps the loudest applause of the game came when the Coyote, the Spurs' mascot, paraded around the court in a University of Texas t-shirt. ... Portland was whistled for carrying the ball on two straight possessions in the first. ... The Blazers have lost four straight, and have one more road game in Oklahoma City on Friday before returning home for their next eight contests.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
POR
SA
Points 75 106
FGM-FGA 26-70 (.371) 43-86 (.500)
3PM-3PA 3-9 (.333) 5-16 (.313)
FTM-FTA 20-25 (.800) 15-18 (.833)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-30 20-57
Assists 12 24
Turnovers 13 12
Steals 5 3
Blocks 5 8
Fast Break Points 8 16
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (2/0) 19 (1/0)
Largest Lead 4 33

Top Performers

Portland
San Antonio
Jarrett Jack Jack
Points: 15
Reb: 4
Ast: 2
Stl: 1
Blk: 0
Tim Duncan Duncan
Points: 18
Reb: 13
Ast: 4
Stl: 0
Blk: 4