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Kawhi Leonard scored 20 points, Tony Parker had 16 points and 10 assists, and San Antonio rolled to a 114 97 victory over the Trail Blazers on Thursday night for a 2 0 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.
Wesley Matthews was clearly frustrated, taking his mouthpiece out and looking upward in frustration before glaring at his teammates.
NOTES: Portland's Thomas Robinson found the snake two hours before tipoff when he reached for a bag in his locker. The team initially thought it was a baby rattlesnake, but stadium officials later determined it was a non venomous snake. The snake was estimated between 3 to 4 feet in length. . Buford was honored before the tip after being awarded NBA Executive of the Year on Wednesday. Buford, who won the award for the first time in his 12th season as the team's general manager, received a rousing ovation from the sell out crowd. . Parker had to towel off after having beer spilled on his left leg when he tumbled into the courtside seats 2 minutes into the game.
The Trail Blazers, who found a snake in their locker room before the game, had a much better start than in Game 1.
The Trail Blazers had a chance to close within seven inside 5 minutes, but Leonard blocked Matthews' layup from behind to maintain the Spurs' advantage at 102 93.
After losing 116 92 in the opener, Portland was sparked by greater activity by Robin Lopez, who had six rebounds and a blocked shot in the opening six minutes. He struggled once Diaw entered the game.
"The first two games, they went on a big run in the first half of both games," Lillard said. "Then in the second half, we come out and make those adjustments and those corrections and clean things up and then we play a much better Nike Air Jordan Hats
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Batum's 3 pointer gave Portland its first lead of series at 7 4 with 9:47 remaining in the first quarter. It lasted for 16 seconds before Leonard's 3 tied it.
A baby rattlesnake, estimated at about 3 to 4 feet, was discovered in the team's locker room at the AT Center about two hours before the game Thursday.
Lillard's 18 foot jumper pulled the Blazers within 92 80 with 9:17 remaining and his driving layup a minute and half later cut the margin to 94 84. Batum, who was 1 for 5 on 3 pointers in Game 1, hit his third of the game to cut the lead to 99 91 with 5:37 remaining.
Portland did not allow any fast break points in the second half, closing within 10 points midway through the final quarter.
It was found by reserve forward Thomas Robinson, who recoiled a few feet after seeing the snake when he moved a bag from his locker.
The Trail Blazers host Game 3 on Saturday night.
a good rhythm tonight. I missed two dunks and four or five layups, so if those shots go in, then the whole game is different."
Making matters worse for the Trail Blazers, reserve Mo Williams was limited to 9 minutes due to a groin injury. He finished with four points.
"We missed a lot of shots," Aldridge said. "I definitely wasn't in Arizona Cardinals Caps
Parker followed with a jumper in the lane on Lillard, and Leonard and Ginobili hit back to back 3s to put San Antonio up 110 93 and put the game out of reach.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) The Portland Trail Blazers were clearly rattled by the San Antonio Spurs in the opener of the Western Conference semifinals, and they were almost snake bit before Game 2.
"Our bench is coming alive," Parker said. "They had a hard first round. They had a hard time against Dallas, but the last two games the bench is playing well."
Matthews responded by scoring 10 straight points in the third quarter while San Antonio went scoreless for 4 minutes, pulling Portland within 81 69 with 2 minutes remaining in the third.
After being struck by a "tidal wave" during the second quarter of the opener, Portland took on Caps Jordan even more water in Game 2.
Nicolas Batum scored 21 points for the Trail Blazers. Damian Lillard had 19 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 16 points and 10 rebounds, but the Trail Blazers' All Star duo put up 43 shots.
The Spurs outscored the Trail Blazers 41 25 in the second quarter, raising their advantage to 77 48 in that period in winning the first two games of the best of seven series convincingly.
Manu Ginobili added 16 points, Marco Belinelli scored 13 and Diaw had 12 as San Antonio's reserves outscored Portland's 50 19.
San Antonio soon began using the quicker pace to force turnovers and find open shooters. The Spurs had 17 fast break points in the first half compared to two by the Trail Blazers.
23, missing back to back dunks in the second quarter.
half. We have to do a better job of taking away those second chances."
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