Spurs beat Trail Blazers, lead Conference Semifinals 2-0

Tony Parker put up a double-double, scoring 16 points and registering 10 assists, to help the San Antonio Spurs beat the Portland Trail Blazers, 114-97. The Spurs were on fire in this one, going 48-90 (53.3%) from the field, including 12-20 (60.0%) from three-point range. The Conference Semifinals now stand at 2-0.

Parker shot 8-19 from the field. Other top contributors for San Antonio included Kawhi Leonard with 20 points and five rebounds, Tim Duncan with 10 points and six rebounds, and Tiago Splitter with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Despite the loss, Nicolas Batum scored 21 points for Portland on 9-13 shooting, including 3-5 from behind the arc. He also registered nine rebounds. LaMarcus Aldridge contributed 16 points and 10 rebounds and Wesley Matthews finished with 14 points and seven rebounds.

In a matchup between elite defenses, San Antonio reigned supreme. They ranked third in the NBA in defensive efficiency this season (109.2), and held Portland to just 1.02 points per possession in Game 2. The Spurs combined their eFG% of 60.0% with 60.0% shooting from behind the arc. As a comparison, they were 27-2 during the regular season when registering marks above 55% and 40% in those respective statistics. The Trail Blazers, on the other hand, were 2-7 when allowing opponents to hit those marks.

San Antonio takes momentum from this win and a 2-0 series lead on the road to Portland, where the Trail Blazers will attempt to get on track in front of the home crowd.