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Feb 04

Late Heroics Lifts Blazers

By blazerfanatic7
Tonight's game was crucial for the success of an ailing team to prove some consistency without their star player Brandon Roy. The opposing San Antonio Spurs held a more successful record prior to tonight, and the lead for the majority of the game. Early on, it seemed that high-percentage scoring and lack of turnovers would guide San Antonio to a victory; however, at the tail end of the first, second, and fourth quarter Portland went on pivotal scoring streaks. After a 21-11 run to end the first quarter, Portland held a slim two-point lead which was extremely important to staying in the game.

Although the lead changed in the Spurs favor, quarter number two was still fairly close and both teams were playing good basketball. Portland once again bounced back from an eight-point deficit to manage the game within reach, ending the second quarter trailing by one basket. At the end of the first half, fast-break points enabled Portland to defeat San Antonio's transition defense. By keeping the game within two, it provided a thrilling experience for all fans watching the game and it gave both team's hope for a strong second half. Unfortunately, this "close" game was about to change making it nearly impossible for the Blazers to rebound.

Now this is where the momentum shifted to the Spurs; the third quarter could have decided the game winner, but it didn't. While most of the quarter was quite even, the last minute proved to be a critical one for San Antonio. It was Manu Ginobli's time two shine, he sailed in two 3-point shots to extend their lead to 8; thus finishing on a 8-2 run. Portland only scored 15 points the entire third quarter which explains the sudden lack of intensity within their offense; San Antonio's defense seemed stronger than it had been all game.

The beginning of the fourth proved to be no different for the Portland's deteriorating offense and slacking defense. Down by six with under five minutes remaining, the Blazers aggressiveness kicked into gear and the baskets started falling into place at just the right moments. After two scores in about thirty seconds, Webster drained possibly the most essential shot of the entire game; with 3:38 remaining, he nailed a three-point shot that created a switch of power. Aldridge then sprung the Blazers into the lead just over 40 seconds later, which despite the Spurs efforts, would stay in Portland's favor. With one more 3-point shot and many fouls, Portland secured their victory 96-93; it truly came down to the last seconds.

All in all, late heroics in three out of the four quarters boosted Portland to an amazing turn-around win. It was played out until the end, but Webster's points from downtown and Aldridge's 28 point double-double performance proved too much for the Spurs. With five players in double-digits, it was a pleasurable evening for the Rip City and an exciting outing for all in the Rose Garden.
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6 Comments

  1. What a great game!

    by RedRudy5 on 2/5/2010 12:00 AM
  2. It was an incredible evening for Portland! Just when it seemed like the Spurs took control we burst into action and Webster hits those three-pointers. We needed this game so badly and now the Rip City is ready to take on Kobe and the Lakers. I just hope Roy is ready! GO BLAZERS!!!

    by blazerfanatic7 on 2/5/2010 12:16 AM
  3. Nice to pull out a gritty Blazer-style win in front of a sold out Rose Garden and on National T.V. hope those East coasters stayed up for the game.

    by BR7_Fan on 2/5/2010 1:06 AM
  4. Well said BR7_Fan. One of my favorite parts of watching the game on national T.V. was Charles Barkley's expression after he said he was not worried about the Spurs in the playoffs. At the half when the Spurs held the slim lead he didn't look phased but after the game you could see his disappointment. Priceless! East Coast people give no respect to the Rip City so I say rank us at 13 in the Power Rankings because being an underdog and gritting out a surprise win is much better than being overrated and not living up to expectations!

    by blazerfanatic7 on 2/5/2010 12:12 PM
  5. I think my heart stopped when Ginobili had that wide open 3 to tie the game..we need to work on 4th quarter free throws.

    by ClydeFrog on 2/5/2010 12:23 PM
  6. That and the stupid Miller foul, Nate was shooting daggers from his eyeballs at 'Dre for that. I hate watching Chuck and the crew cause they don't give Portland any credit at all it was all about the Spurs have it rough the next few games...Ginobili hasen't played well, Tony Parker blah blah blah, oh by the way Roy is hurt.

    by BR7_Fan on 2/5/2010 6:35 PM
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