Tony Parker scores 33 as Spurs cruise past Trail Blazers

Tony Parker scored 33 points and recorded nine assists to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a blowout victory over the Portland Trail Blazers, 116-92. The Conference Semifinals now sit at 1-0.

Parker shot 13-24 from the field and converted 6-7 from the free throw line. Other top performers for San Antonio were Kawhi Leonard with 16 points and nine rebounds, Tim Duncan with 12 points and 11 rebounds, and Aron Baynes with 10 points and seven rebounds. LaMarcus Aldridge had another quality performance for Portland in the loss, scoring 32 points on 12-25 shooting from the field and 8-9 from the free throw line. He also added 14 rebounds. Robin Lopez added 10 points and 11 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 .92 points per possession in Game 1. Despite committing the fifth-fewest errors in the NBA during the regular season (TO% of 13.5%), the Trail Blazers struggled with 20 turnovers against a Spurs defense that forced the fourth-fewest (opponents' TO% of 14.9%). The Trail Blazers had an eFG% of just 40.2%, which included 25.0% from 3-point range in this game. During the regular season, they were 2-5 when they recorded marks below 45% and 30% in those respective categories. On the other hand, the Spurs were undefeated (15-0) when holding their opponents to such low percentages.

San Antonio carries the momentum of a 1-0 series lead into Game 2 at home.