Duncan scored 13 of his 25 points in the third quarter and
Ginobili had 18 of his 25 in the fourth as the Spurs rallied to
beat the Portland Trail Blazers 107-98 Monday night, extending
their perfect road start to 6-0.
Tony Parker scored 14 for the Spurs, who fought through a
sluggish first half while playing for the second straight night.
"We are really playing better on the road than at home,"
Ginobili said. "We have a better mentality. We grind games out for
That's exactly what happened Monday. Duncan took over in the
third, scoring on a variety of post moves as the Spurs ran their
offense through him.
The fourth quarter belonged to Ginobili, who was 6-for-6 from
the field in the quarter with two steals, a block and an assist. He
nearly turned back the Blazers alone with standout play on both
ends of the floor.
After converting a three-point play, Ginobili stole the ball and
fed Brent Barry for a layup that made it 98-92. Ginobili then
scored on four of the next five possessions for the Spurs. He came
into the game shooting 29 percent on 3-pointers, but made all 3 in
the final quarter.
"I needed a game like this," Ginobili said. "I don't know if
it's going to be a turnaround for the whole season, but it's good
for my confidence."
Defensive specialist Bruce Bowen held Randolph to just two
points in the fourth. With Randolph silenced, much of the Blazers
offensive output came from Dixon, who had 12 points in the quarter.
Jarrett Jack had 12 points and five assists for Portland. Barry
had 10 points for the Spurs, who also won their final five road
games last season.
Duncan, coming off a 35-point performance against Sacramento on
Sunday night, shot 10-of-16 from the field and had six rebounds and
"He is hard to defend," Portland rookie LaMarcus Aldridge
said. "He leans on you and when the double-team comes he kicks it
out and they get it right back to him. He never stops moving."
A two-time NBA MVP, Duncan struggled against the Blazers last
season, even as the Spurs won all four games. He averaged just 15
points on 45.1 percent shooting, including a season-low six points
on 3-of-7 shooting in one game.
The Spurs have won six straight over the Blazers, and 13 of 14.
They have also won seven of their last eight visits to the Rose
Randolph had 13 points in the first quarter and the Blazers led
25-22. Beno Udrih hit a 14-footer to give the Spurs their first
lead at 35-33, but Portland quickly grabbed back the lead and had a
56-48 advantage at halftime. Duncan converted a three-point play to
get the Spurs within 63-60, but the Blazers went on a 7-0 run and
Duncan then took over, sparking a 14-2 run that gave the Spurs
the lead again at 74-72.
"When we have a team down we have to stay on them," Jack
The Blazers haven't won a series against San Antonio since
1999-00. ... The Spurs' Barry wore a large bandage on his head, the
result of a collision with Sacramento's Ronnie Price on Sunday that
left Barry needing several stitches. ... The Spurs' win gave them
the lead over Portland in the series for the first time since the