Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 3)

Series starts 11/6

Game 1: Friday, November 6th
Trail Blazers96
Game 2: Wednesday, December 23rd
Trail Blazers98Final
Game 3: Thursday, February 4th
Trail Blazers96

Spurs 84

(2-3, 0-3 away)

Trail Blazers 96

(3-3, 2-2 home)

    Coverage: ESPN/WatchESPN

    10:30 PM ET, November 6, 2009

    Moda Center, Portland, OR

    1 2 3 4 T
    SA 14 26 18 2684
    POR 29 22 17 2896

    Top Performers

    SA: R. Jefferson 19 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

    Por: B. Roy 24 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast

    Spurs lose Parker to sprained ankle before falling to new-look Blazers

    Associated Press

    PORTLAND, Ore. -- A new-look lineup worked wonders for the Portland Trail Blazers, and coach Nate McMillan plans to keep it for a while.

    Tired Legs

    Coming off Thursday's loss, the Spurs struggled with their shooting Friday night, shooting just 38 percent from the floor.

    Blazers Spurs
    Jump shot FG-FGA 22-58 15-55
    Points off jump shot 49 34
    Layup FG-FGA 8-10 12-19

    With Andre Miller joining them in the backcourt, Brandon Roy had 24 points, Steve Blake added 15 and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the San Antonio Spurs 96-84 Friday night.

    "It was a change of pace, maybe something we need," Roy said.

    Richard Jefferson had 19 points, Manu Ginobili had 17, and Tim Duncan added 14 points and eight rebounds, but San Antonio lost Tony Parker to a sprained ankle and couldn't overcome a lethargic first half, playing one night after a loss at Utah.

    The Spurs (2-3) haven't won on the road yet this season.

    In an effort to shake up the Blazers' stagnant offense, McMillan inserted Miller into the starting lineup, placing him in an expanded backcourt along with Blake and Roy.

    Fast Facts

    • Portland is 4-1 against San Antonio over the last two seasons after dropping 11 games to the Spurs in the previous three seasons.

    • Brandon Roy was the only player on either team to score more than 20 points. He had 24 on 9-of-15 shooting.

    • Tim Duncan scored 14 points. He has scored 15 points or less in four of five games this season.

    • The Spurs have lost their first three road games for the first time in 16 seasons.

    • Tony Parker left the game in the second quarter with a sprained ankle.

    -- ESPN Stats & Information

    "I looked at the schedule," McMillan said. "With the schedule the next week or two I am going to stay with it and look at it. It was a good unit tonight."

    With 2:36 left in the first half, Parker appeared to come down awkwardly, called timeout and left the floor for the locker room. He did not return.

    Portland (3-3) had lost two in a row at the Rose Garden and had struggled on offense, with only Roy, LaMarcus Aldridge and Travis Outlaw averaging in double figures. Portland also entered the game 23rd in the NBA in scoring with a 94.2 average.

    Greg Oden had 15 points and eight rebounds for the Blazers, and Miller, who signed with Portland in July, had 10 points and six rebounds and four assists.

    The Blazers bench accounted for 23 of Portland's first 41 points and keyed a late first quarter 13-2 run.

    Oden muscled past Duncan for a driving layup to put Portland up 62-47 with 6:56 left in the third quarter. Roy added a jumper to extend the lead to 17. But the Spurs put together an 13-3 run, with Antonio McDyess hitting a 20-footer to cut the lead to 69-62.

    San Antonio went on an 8-0 run, with Ginobili making four free throws, to get to 77-72. Shortly after, Jefferson scored to make it 80-77, but Blake answered with a 3-pointer and Oden converted two free throws for the Blazers.

    "We committed too many mistakes from the get-go," Ginobili said. "It's too bad. It shouldn't be happening. We've really got to step out and try to play 48 minutes."

    Game notes

    Joel Przybilla had 13 rebounds for Portland. ... The Blazers wore for the first time in the regular season their new alternate home jerseys with "Rip City" on the front. ... The Spurs started Keith Bogans at shooting guard, in place of Michael Finley. ... Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is 32-17 as a head coach against the Blazers.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 84 96
    FGM-FGA 30-79 (.380) 32-74 (.432)
    3PM-3PA 4-21 (.190) 5-17 (.294)
    FTM-FTA 20-26 (.769) 27-30 (.900)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-37 11-48
    Assists 16 11
    Turnovers 10 14
    Steals 8 7
    Blocks 2 7
    Fast Break Points 2 12
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 27 (0/0) 21 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 17

    Top Performers

    San Antonio
    Richard Jefferson Jefferson
    Points: 19
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 1
    Brandon Roy Roy
    Points: 24
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0