PORTLAND, Ore – – LaMarcus Aldridge had 22 points, DeMar DeRozan had 20 points and 11 assists, and the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 125-104 on Monday

Rudy Gay and Patty Mills came off the bench for 21 points apiece as Spurs reserves beat Portland backups 59-24. Reserve center Jakob Poeltl added 11 points and seven rebounds, six of which were on the offensive came

“Your bench hurt us,” said Blazer manager Terry Stotts. “The bench shooting, second chance chances. You really hurt us. You had 10 second chance points in the fourth quarter”

Aldridge, playing against the team he dated for nine years, got the Spurs rolling

“He set the pace early,” Gay said. “He’s got into his places and put down his shots. He knocks down shots and pulls the big men out. It opens cracks and DeMar slips through those cracks”

“He didn’t understand and thought about it,” said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. “He was just determined to let it fly”

Between DeRozan and point guard Dejounte Murray, the Spurs also had two players with 11 assists each, while the Blazers only had 20 assists in total as a team

“They’re selfless guys and they don’t care who scores,” Popovich said of his two offensive conductors. “They just play the game right”

Carmelo Anthony’s basket with 2 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter put the Trail Blazer in the lead with 80-78

The Spurs took over from there and later took advantage of an 11-0 run to give a 95-82 lead at the start of the fourth period Rodney Hood’s 3-pointer to the next Blazer possession after a time-out stopped that breakout, but San Antonio withdrew further

With his bank playing so well and building the lead, Popovich chose the stick with a banked unit to end the win

Spurs: The game was based on Martin Luther King Jr Played Day – The NBA celebrates the holiday with a wide variety of games each year. Popovich, often voiced about non-game matters, called the civil rights leader a “modern founding father” and “conscience” of the country

Blazer: After leaving Saturday night’s game against Atlanta with a sprained ankle, security guard CJ McCollum will be out for at least another week, Stotts said McCollum will be reevaluated next week after MRIs show the sprain McCollum averaged a career high of 267 points and five assists per game before the injury Hood started at McCollum, with Stotts being his preference for Gary Trent JrShoot from the bench

Hood had a season high of 21 points in his first start since his Achilles tear in December 6, 2019. “The coaches and (Lillard) told me to be aggressive,” Hood said after the game. “I felt good about it and it did a lot for my confidence “Lillard didn’t want to speculate too much after the game, but he says he was” not worried “about McCollum being absent for a long time

Blazer: The Memphis Grizzlies are coming to Portland for the first of two games on Wednesday

– Ja Morant had 17 points and 10 assists and was late on a major charge when the Memphis Grizzlies won their fifth straight, defeating the Phoenix Suns 108-104 on Monday

Chris Paul tosses it up so a flying Deandre Ayton can get through and smash it for the two-handed dunk

Kyle Anderson changes his mind about the shooting and sends praise to Brandon Clarke which ends with a gentle dunk

Spurs v Trail Blazer

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