Behind another fantastic offensive effort, the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 114-97 on Thursday night to take a 2-0 series lead in their second round playoff series.
Kawhi Leonard was the star for the Spurs, scoring 20 points on eight-of-nine shooting from the floor and a perfect four-of-four shooting from beyond the arc to go with five rebounds.
The Spurs also got 16 points and 10 assists from Tony Parker, 16 points from Manu Ginobili and 13 from Marco Belinelli.
The Spurs shot the lights out again, shooting 53.3% from the field and 60.0% from beyond the arc.
Lamarcus Aldridge had 16 points and 10 rebounds, but was held to just six-of-23 shooting from the draft. Damian Lillard scored 19 points, but was eight-of-20 from the field.
Nicolas Batum had a game-high 21 points and nine rebounds to lead the Blazers.
After a closely contested first quarter that saw the Spurs take a 29-26 lead in the second quarter, the Spurs exploded for 41 points in the quarter to take a 70-51 lead into the break. The Blazers were only able to trim the lead by two heading into the final quarter. Down 16 with 9:52 to play, the Blazers battled back, using a 15-7 run to cut the lead to eight. The Spurs, however, got a three by Boris Diaw to end the run and put things away with an 13-2 run capped by back-to-back threes by Leonard and Ginobili and a couple of free throws that pushed the lead to 19.
Game 3 from the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon Saturday night is at 10:30 EST and is on ESPN.
Game 1: Spurs 116, Trail Blazers 92