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Duncan leads balanced attack as Spurs crush Blazers

Jan 10, 2007 - 6:35 AM SAN ANTONIO (Ticker) -- Tim Duncan helped the San Antonio Spurs continue their dominance over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Duncan collected 16 points and nine rebounds to lead four starters in double figures as the San Antonio Spurs cruised to a 98-84 triumph over the struggling Trail Blazers.

Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili scored 14 points apiece for the Spurs, who have won seven consecutive meetings against Trail Blazers.

Parker played just 21 minutes in his return after missing Wednesday's 110-96 win at Memphis with a strained right hip.

"It felt great," Parker said. "(Gregg Popovich, Spurs coach) decided to limit my minutes because we have back-to-back with Allen Iverson (Wednesday). We had a good win. We played pretty good defense and shot the ball well. Overall it was a good win."

San Antonio has captured back-to-back wins since dropping a season-worst three straight games.

"I think we improved defensively in the last five games," Ginobili said. "We are not playing as good offensively, but we moved the ball well and had a lot of open looks. So we are going to try and keep it up."

The Spurs took control for good in the third quarter behind an impressive 19-8 surge that push their lead to 71-52 with 4:09 remaining. Duncan and Parker combined for nine points during the run.

"(Duncan's) the heart and soul of what we do," Popovich said. "He predicates what we do on offense and defense. He's done a great job shouldering that responsibility."

Portland cut the deficit to 81-71, but San Antonio used a 12-4 burst, highlighted by two 3-pointers from defensive-minded Bruce Bowen, who finished 4-of-6 from the arc.

"It's about sharing the ball," Bowen said. "Tim has to recognize if they're coming or not coming at him and dish the ball out or keep it. Once he kicks it out it's up to us to move the ball and that's what will make us successful."

"The Spurs will hurt you with perimeter shooting," Portland coach Nate McMillan said. "This team has been set up to win championships for years."

Zach Randolph had 24 points and nine rebounds and rookie LaMarcus Aldridge scored 17 off the bench for the Blazers, who shot 45 percent (32-of-71) from the field.

"Zach really stepped up for us and showed his potential as a team leader," McMillan said.

Portland surrendered 28 points off 19 turnovers.

"Turnovers really killed us," McMillan said. "Our perimeter needs to do a better job with recognizing rotations and capitalizing on mistakes. Frustration played a major factor. We need to learn to keep our composure."








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    PORTLAND 84
    SAN ANTONIO 98 FINAL

    Jan 9 10:26 PM


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    PORTLAND 68
    SAN ANTONIO 77 END, 3RD QTR

    Jan 9 9:56 PM


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    PORTLAND 44
    SAN ANTONIO 51 HALFTIME

    Jan 9 9:08 PM


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    PORTLAND 21
    SAN ANTONIO 18 END, 1ST QTR

    Jan 9 8:34 PM