PORTLAND, Ore., Jan. 24 (Ticker) --
The Portland Trail Blazers needed
a nearly perfect fourth quarter to upend the streaking San
Antonio Spurs. Luckily for the hosts, Darius Miles
was ready to
Miles had a key block and scored 14 of his 21 points in the
final quarter as the Trail Blazers snapped a seven-game losing
streak against the Spurs with a 107-99 triumph at the Rose
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With Portland clinging to an 88-86 lead with 4:19 remaining, San
Antonio's Tony Parker
went in for a potential game-tying layup
before Miles caught him and swatted the ball off the backboard.
On the ensuing possession, Damon Stoudamire
buried a 3-pointer
to complete a five-point swing for the Trail Blazers.
"He didn't see me," said Miles, who had four of the Blazers'
nine blocks. "I just tried to keep pace with him and get it
"Great block," Parker said. "I tried to put it up quick but he
got there fast. He's very long. He carried them in the fourth
quarter. We had to double-team him and he set up some open
looks for the rest of his team."
Miles, who managed just one basket over the first three
quarters, hit 7-of-8 shots in the fourth quarter for Portland,
which shot 65 percent (13-of-20) in the period and 56 percent
Portland guard Nick Van Exel
was ejected midway through the
third quarter for arguing and reserve guard Derek Anderson
out with dental pain. With his team shorthanded, Miles felt
like he needed to step it up.
"After we lost Nick, I felt like I needed to come up big and
help Damon out there on the point," Miles said. "Other than
that, I just tried to play hard and stick to the game plan.
After Manu Ginobili
hit a pair of free throws to bring the Spurs
within 102-99 with 38 seconds left, Stoudamire responded with
his fifth 3-pointer. He had five points in the final 21 seconds
to clinch the win.
Stoudamire, who hit 5-of-6 from the arc, had 23 points and nine
assists and Joel Przybilla
added 17 points and 16 rebounds for
the Trail Blazers, who had five players in double figures and
snapped a six-game losing streak.
"It feels good to get that monkey off our back and get a win
against the best team in the league," Stoudamire said.
"Hopefully, it's something we can build on."
Stoudamire has been hot of late, averaging 26 points since being
recalled into the starting lineup eight games ago.
"I just told myself that I was going to be aggressive when I got
back in there, and that's basically what my mind-set has been
ever since," Stoudamire said of his recent hot streak.
San Antonio had won its previous four games at the Rose Garden,
including a 114-80 blowout on Dec. 30. In that game, the Spurs
started with a 17-2 run and Portland coach Maurice Cheeks
it was his worst defeat since being a coach.
Portland was determined to get off to a good start in this one.
Pryzbilla, starting in place of injured forward Zach Randolph
scored 10 points -- making all five shot attempts -- and snagged
four rebounds in the opening quarter, when Portland jumped out
to a 30-20 lead.
"It was a gutsy game," Cheeks said. "The way we started out was
really big for us because of what they have been doing to us
lately. Joel had a monster first quarter and that's what we
"Coach has been saying that we need to pick up our rebounding
and that's what I've been trying to do," Pryzbilla said. "As
far as my offense, I was fortunate enough to get the ball in
some good spots and be able to convert."
had 24 points and 11 rebounds and Parker and
each scored 20 points for the Spurs, who had their
winning streak halted at four games.
San Antonio had won its previous five meetings against Portland
by an average of 18 points.
"Tonight they looked great," Duncan said. "They played with a
lot of hustle and seemed to get to every loose ball. We seemed
to run into them at the wrong time."
"Portland did a great job tonight," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich
said. "They played physical, smart. They moved the ball. They
just kicked our butt."