Blazers hand Spurs first loss
LAS VEGAS -- The Portland Trail Blazers (1-3) notched their first win during the 2009 NBA Summer League presented by EA SPORTS from the COX Pavilion Saturday night. The Trail Blazers led from coast-to-coast in their 91-74 victory over the San Antonio Spurs (3-1).
The Trail Blazers jumped out early in the first quarter building as much as a seven-point lead at 11-4 before ending the period up 19-15. Both teams shot well in the frame, as Portland hit 50 percent to San Antonio's 47 percent.
Portland managed to take a double-digit lead, 31-19, 3:34 into the second quarter with help from a trey by Thomas Gardner. The Spurs cut their deficit to single digits with 4:50 remaining before the break, but watched the Trail Blazers go up 11 just 18 seconds later. Portland wound up putting 14 points between the two on three occasions before ending the half ahead 46-35.
The third quarter witnessed Portland distancing itself by 21 points at one juncture before ultimately ending the period up 15 at 67-52.
The Trail Blazers reached a game-high 21-point lead with 3:30 remaining in the game following a jumper by Jeff Pendergraph. The teams played nearly even, as Portland scored 24 to San Antonio's 22.
The teams fired up 64 shots apiece with Portland connecting on 34. San Antonio managed to knock down 30. Besides the four-shot differential, the Trail Blazers made 10 more free throws from the line.
Portland had four players achieve double figures. Pooh Jeter led all scorers with 19 points, while Jerryd Bayless was close behind with 18. Dante Cunningham and Pendergraph scored 14 apiece.
DaJuan Blair was the top scorer for San Antonio in a losing effort. Blair chipped in 16 and notched a double-double by adding 11 boards to his stat line. Donnell Taylor joined Blair in double digits with 11 of his own.