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Spurs defeat Lillard, Blazers to win eighth straight

March 17, 2019

The Spurs continued their dominance at the AT&T Center on Saturday, beating the Portland Trail Blazers 108-103.

It was the Spurs’ (41-29) eighth straight victory and 10th straight win at home. They have not lost at the AT&T Center since losing to the Los Angeles Clippers on Jan. 20.

The Spurs used an 8-2 run, which was fueled by a 3-pointer by Bryn Forbes, to pull away down the stretch.

LaMarcus Aldridge was near unstoppable against the Knicks a night earlier. And he started the first quarter strong once again, scoring eight of the Spurs’ first nine points. But he didn’t hit another field goal until the fourth quarter. He finished with 12 points and eight rebounds.

DeMar DeRozan led the Spurs with 21 points. Rudy Gay added 13 points.

The Blazers’ CJ McCollum went down with 7:17 left in the third quarter after getting his shot blocked by Jakob Poeltl. He did not return. He is expected to have an MRI on his left knee Monday.

McCollum scored 10 points on 5 of 13 shooting and dished out five assists before he left with the injury. Lillard picked up the slack for the Blazers (42-27), scoring 13 points in the final seven minutes of the quarter.

Lillard led the Blazers with 34 points. Jusuf Nurkic added 24 points.

The Spurs host the Golden State Warriors at 7 p.m. Monday at the AT&T Center.