The San Antonio Spurs used a high-scoring first quarter to set the tone in a 133-96 rout of the Portland Path Blazers on the Moda Heart on Wednesday evening.
The victory places San Antonio 1 1/2 video games behind New Orleans for the ultimate play-in place within the Western Convention.
Dejounte Murray had 28 factors and sat out the fourth quarter. Keldon Johnson added 26 factors whereas Devin Vassell chipped in 16 for San Antonio, who gained their second consecutive sport following a win over Golden State.
”We didn’t need to allow them to linger round so we took that and ran with it,” stated Vassell. ”If you happen to let a staff like that begin coming again and feeling good, it’s a dogfight.”
Lonnie Walker IV missed his second consecutive sport with again spasms.
Ben McLemore had 23 factors off the bench for the Path Blazers and Drew Eubanks added 20 in opposition to his former staff.
”He’s carried out quite a lot of work the previous few years and to see him get the chance is improbable. He’s an excellent teammate. No person works more durable,” Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich stated of Eubanks.
Portland performed with out Damian Lillard and Jusuf Nurkic, who’ve missed a number of video games with accidents.
”Wins are robust within the NBA. You’re taking them any means you will get them however this clearly wasn’t a good battle,” Popovich stated. ”They’ve obtained quite a lot of guys out however we nonetheless performed good basketball.”
The San Antonio Spurs at the moment are 29-44 on the season and can return to the courtroom on Saturday once they face the New Orleans Pelicans at 4 pm from the Smoothie King Heart.