SAN ANTONIO -- Spurs guards Patty Mills had 15 points and Danny Green 14 as they helped San Antonio extend its win streak to eight with a 103-90 win over the Portland Trail Blazers Wednesday night.
Guard Manu Ginobili had 13, forward Kawhi Leonard had 12 and center Tiago Splitter also had 12 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Tim Duncan added 10 points and 11 rebounds as San Antonio (48-16) split the season series with Portland 2-2.
The Spurs led the game the whole way and were up by as much as 18, but had to deal with an reenergized Blazer’s squad in the second half.
Forward LaMarcus Aldridge took a hard fall early in the third quarter while driving to the basket and landed on his back. He was helped to the locker room with the Blazers down 12. He suffered a back contusion and did not return.
An inspired Damian Lillard led a charge and cut the lead down to six on a 3-pointer that made it 61-55 midway through the third quarter, but it was the closest Portland would get.
San Antonio found its offensive groove again, and scored seven straight points to bring the lead back up to 13.
Lillard led the Blazers (42-23) with 23 points as Portland extended its losing streak to four, the Blazers' longest of the season.
Forward Nicolas Batum had 13 points and 14 rebounds, while guard Wesley Matthews also had 13 points. Aldridge had 14 before exiting the game, while fellow forward Dorell Wright added 10.
The Spurs outscored the Blazers 26-16 in the second quarter to pull away. Green led the Spurs with 11 first half points, while Duncan had 11 rebounds. Forward Boris Diaw nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer to put the Spurs up 56-40 going into locker room.
Portland struggled on the board from the outset, getting outrebounded 33-18 at the half. Aldridge and Lillard combined for 23 of the Blazers' first 40 points.
San Antonio’s offensive started in high gear, hitting 12 of 24 field goals in the first quarter, including all three 3-point attempts. The last came from Ginobili with two seconds on the clock, making it 30-24 at the end of the first period.
NOTES: Portland G Mo Williams was scratched before the game. Williams has a right hip strain he suffered in Tuesday's loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. ... F Tim Duncan, G Tony Parker and G Manu Ginobili have been teammates since 2002-03. They played in 663 games together as a trio, which ties the Los Angeles Lakers record for third most in NBA history. ... Blazer's F LaMarcus Aldridge, who has been in a bit of a shooting slump, was carried off the court in the beginning of the third quarter. Aldridge was driving the basket when he ran into Spurs C Aron Baynes and landed on his back. He laid on the floor several minutes holding his right leg before being helped off the court. ... Spurs F Kawhi Leonard's return from a 14-game absence because of an injury and it has been nothing but good news for San Antonio. The Spurs went 8-6 without him but since his return have gone 7-0.