The Spurs were challenged early in the game when they are down 19 points. Blazers duo of CJ McCollum and Dame Lillard went hot in the first quarter and take the 14 point lead after first. But since then the Spurs held them to 53 points in the next 30 minutes. Until Damian Lillard makes his own run to attempt a come back that went short. The Blazers outscored the Spurs in the last 6 minutes 24-8.
While the Spurs lead by DeMar DeRozan made a run in the first half and to take over the lead in the third. DeRozan who misses two free throws in the final seven seconds to secure the game had 27 points and seven rebounds. LaMarcus Aldridge had struggled on his shot all game but managed to 15 points, seven rebounds and game-high 5 blocks. Dejounte Murray had a subpar offense but still had an impact defensively and creating a good play for his team had 7 points, 7 rebounds, and 8 assists. Bryn Forbes had 14 points and 7 rebounds, with Lyles, also added 8 boards and 4 assists.
When the Blazers cut the lead into one, Derrick White made his own bucket to secure the lead. This is the first game where he excelled as a scorer. He went efficient with 21 off the bench in just 11 attempts. Derrick White finished the game without a turnover. While the veterans Patty Mills and Marco Belinelli made crucial three in the third and fourth.
DeMar DeRozan looks comfortable in his new role as a scorer. Since the fourth quarter of the game against the Knicks, DeRozan was steady on his game. His impact on offense is highly valuable as he isn’t forced to play a lot of defense. He is not settling in a long jumper when his team needs every bucket. A maturity on his own that he took a high percentage shot in the paint.
The mini-run of Blazers in the fourth is when Murray went out due to minutes restrictions. Damian Lillard takes advantage of every switch and no other good perimeter defender outside of Derrick White.
The Spurs went three close games before they face the favorite L.A. Clippers.