Trail Blazers vs Spurs Friday, 03/25/11 AT 07:00PM

Trail Blazers 98, Spurs 96: Post-Game Notes

03/25/11
  1. Written by: caseyholdahl  / avg. rating: 5.0

    -- The Trail Blazers have now sold out 151 straight games at the Rose Garden (including regular season and playoffs), dating back to Dec. 21, 2007 … Entering tonight Portland was second in the NBA in average home attendance (20,489).

    -- The Trail Blazers are now a season-best 12 games over .500 with a record of 42-30, which is one game behind their 72-game record from last season (43-29) when Portland went on to win 50 games and claim the sixth seed in the Western Conference Playoffs.

    – Portland has now won six straight games against San Antonio at the Rose Garden, and will take a 2-1 lead going into the final game of the season series, which will take place on Monday in San Antonio … Portland is one of two teams this season currently holding two wins against San Antonio (New Orleans) … The Trail Blazers have won six consecutive games at the Rose Garden, their second-best home streak this season (eight games, Dec. 7 – Jan. 2).

    -- Nicolas Batum scored four points in the final 0.9 seconds and 10 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, adding four rebounds and two steals … Batum made all four of his free throw attempts in the final 2:14, and has made 78 of his last 85 free throws (91.8 %) … Nicolas Batum has scored at least 20 points in three straight games for the first time in his career.

    -- Down by 10 with 5:36 to go, Portland finished the game on a 20-8 run, as well as an 8-0 run in the final 1:12 of the game.

    -- Portland went four-of-five from the foul line through the first three quarters and seven-of-nine in the fourth quarter, finishing 11-of-14 from the charity stripe.

    -- All five Trail Blazer starters were in double-digits by the end of the third quarter, marking the fifth time this season all five starters have scored at least 10 points … Portland is 4-1 when all five starters score in double-digits.

    -- Andre Miller scored 13 of his 21 points in the second half for Portland, rounding out his night with a game-high eight assists, six boards and four steals … Seven of his eight assists also came in the second half.

    -- Portland swiped two of its 11 steals in the final minute of the game … Portland entered the game fourth in the NBA in steals per game (8.25) and second in steal-to-turnover ratio (.62) … The Trail Blazers are 20-4 on the season when they notch 10 steals or more.

    -- Gerald Wallace scored 14 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for his 16th double-double of the season and second as a Trail Blazer … Wallace collected three steals, and has notched at least one steal in 22 consecutive games … He is averaging 2.2 steals per game as a Trail Blazer.

    -- Portland committed 14 turnovers, leading to 18 points for San Antonio, while the Spurs gave it up 19 times, leading to 24 points for the Trail Blazers … Entering tonight the Trail Blazers were fifth in the NBA in turnovers (13.2), and second in turnover differential (-2.72).

    -- Manu Ginobili scored nine of his team-high 21 points in the fourth quarter, while Tony Parker scored 11 of his 15 points in the first quarter for the Spurs.

    -- Portland outscored San Antonio on second chances, 19-6, as well as 8-0 in the fourth quarter.

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