Spurs cruise; Blazers' losing streak at seven

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Scoring hasn't been Brent Barry's role
since joining the San Antonio Spurs, but he can still make shots
when called upon.

Barry made the first seven 3-pointers he attempted and had 15 of
his 23 points in the second quarter to lead the Spurs over the
Portland Trail Blazers 98-79 Friday night. He needed to score as
Tim Duncan was held to just nine points, his lowest of the season.

Juan Dixon had 24 points and Zach Randolph added 11 points and
seven rebounds for the Blazers, who have lost seven straight and 21
of 24.

Barry, a career 40 percent 3-point shooter, has seen his minutes
off the bench dwindle since the Spurs acquired Michael Finley. The
11th-year guard from Oregon State has been mostly a role player in
his nearly two seasons with San Antonio after starting for most of
five years in Seattle.

"This feels like what I used to do for a long time," said
Barry, who averaged 14.4 points in 2001-02, his best season with
the SuperSonics. "It's good to see the ball going in, and being
able to do the things you know you're capable of doing."

Manu Ginobili had 16 points and Tony Parker added 14 for San
Antonio, which has beaten the Blazers in five straight games.

The Spurs led by as many as 22 in the game that wasn't close
after the first quarter. San Antonio holds a one-game lead over the
Dallas Mavericks in the Southwest Division and also for the best
record in the Western Conference.

Duncan, who has been hampered by a foot injury, was in foul
trouble in the third quarter, had seven rebounds and six assists in
29 minutes. He took just seven shots and was double-teamed nearly
everytime he touched the ball on the offensive end.

"Tim not scoring, he doesn't care," said coach Gregg Popovich.
"He had six assists and led the team. ... He's unselfish enough to
find guys on the floor and let them play."

Steve Blake had 11 points and seven assists for the Blazers, and
Joel Przybilla had 10 rebounds. Portland, with the worst record in
the Western Conference, is on its longest losing streak of the

In this game, the Blazers were simply overwhelmed

"They hit all their shots, they penetrated, moved the ball
around," said Randolph, who was just 4-of-15 from the field.
"That's a veteran team. That's a championship team."

The Blazers were without Darius Miles, who was excused from the
team after the death of his grandfather Friday morning. Miles, who
will also miss the Blazers' game Sunday against the L.A. Clippers,
was held out of Portland's 125-108 loss to Phoenix on Thursday
after oversleeping and missing shootaround.

The Spurs took a 9-4 lead early, but Portland cut the deficit to
15-13 after Dixon made a 3-pointer and a driving layup.

But Barry entered the game and gave the Spurs an immediate lift,
hitting all five 3-pointers in the second quarter as San Antonio
stretched its lead to 19 points, eventually leading 51-35 at the

Dixon came off the bench and gave Portland a lift. He started
the second half in place of struggling guard Sebastian Telfair, and
finished 9-for-17 from the field and 5-for-5 from the free throw

"Juan was the one guy who was making shots," Portland coach
Nate McMillan said. "That's what we've got to do, make some

The Spurs were coming off a 104-92 loss to the Denver Nuggets on
Wednesday night that snapped a five-game winning streak.

Game notes
Parker's girlfriend, "Desperate Housewives" star Eva
Longoria, attended the game, sitting with Blazer president Steve
Patterson and his wife Yasmin. ... Portland last lost seven in a
row from March 28-April 8, 2005. ... The Spurs tied the all-time
series at 62-62.