Spurs’ dominance in 2nd quarter delivers 2-0 lead vs. Blazers
Kawhi Leonard scored 20 points, Tony Parker had 16 points and 10 assists, and the San Antonio Spurs rolled to a 114-97 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday night for a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.
The Associated Press
SAN ANTONIO — Portland coach Terry Stotts is running out of adjectives and analogies to describe the San Antonio Spurs’ dominance in the second quarter.
Kawhi Leonard scored 20 points, Tony Parker had 16 points and 10 assists, and San Antonio rolled to a 114-97 victory over the Trail Blazers on Thursday night for a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.
After being struck by a “tidal wave” during the second quarter of the opener, Portland took on even more water in Game 2.
“The onslaught at the beginning of the second quarter was obviously the turning point in the game,” Stotts said.
Boris Diaw scored six straight points to ignite a 23-8 run that gave San Antonio a 54-36 lead with seven minutes remaining in the first half.
The Spurs outscored the Trail Blazers 41-25 in the second quarter, raising their advantage to 77-48 in that period in winning the first two games of the best-of-seven series convincingly.
Nicolas Batum scored 21 points for the Trail Blazers. Damian Lillard had 19 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 16 points and 10 rebounds, but the Trail Blazers’ All-Star duo put up 43 shots.
Aldridge was 6 for 23, missing back-to-back dunks in the second quarter.
“We missed a lot of shots,” Aldridge said. “I definitely wasn’t in a good rhythm tonight. I missed two dunks and four or five layups, so if those shots go in, then the whole game is different.”
The Trail Blazers host Game 3 on Saturday night.
Manu Ginóbili added 16 points, Marco Belinelli scored 13 and Diaw had 12 as San Antonio’s reserves outscored Portland’s 50-19.
The Trail Blazers found a snake in their locker room before the game. The team initially thought it was a rattlesnake, but stadium officials later determined it was a nonvenomous snake.
Heat takes 2-0 lead
MIAMI — LeBron James scored 22 points, Chris Bosh added 18 and the Miami Heat pulled away late to beat the Brooklyn Nets 94-82, taking a 2-0 lead in the East semifinals.
Dwyane Wade had 14 and Ray Allen scored 13 for the Heat, which tied a franchise record with its eighth straight playoff victory. Miami will go for No. 9 on Saturday night, when the best-of-seven series shifts to Brooklyn for Game 3.
For the second straight game, Miami had five players in double figures.
“That’s what our team is all about,” James said. “We don’t really care who scores.”
Mirza Teletovic set a Nets playoff record with six three-pointers, on his way to a 20-point night off the bench. Shaun Livingston scored 15, and Paul Pierce and Joe Johnson each added 13 more for the Nets.
Deron Williams was 0 for 9 from the field, the worst shooting night of his career.
“That one hurt,” Nets coach Jason Kidd said. “We were right there. We gave ourselves, on the road, an opportunity against the world champs. We let the game slip away. That one possession when they got four offensive rebounds, it didn’t lose the game for us.”
It was three rebounds, but no matter. It was still a backbreaker for the Nets.
Teletovic scored inside with 3:39 left to get Brooklyn within eight. For the next 100 seconds, Miami kept possession.
James missed a three-pointer, and Allen — who led Miami with eight rebounds — maneuvered his way around four Nets to grab the rebound. James missed again, and Wade grabbed that board. James missed a layup, but Bosh controlled that board.
And finally, almost mercifully, Wade found James for a layup with 1:59 remaining. The lead was 10, the outcome decided.
“That was a killer,” Johnson said.
• Clippers guard Jamal Crawford from Rainier Beach High School was finally honored for winning the Sixth Man award.
“We’ve known it for a while, but obviously with all the stuff going on we decided to try to let it die down before we gave him the award or he would never be able to talk about the award,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “I’m glad we’re finally able to do this.”
Crawford, 34, became the oldest recipient and the first to win with different teams. He also was honored as the league’s best player off the bench while with the Atlanta Hawks in 2009-10.
• Shelly Sterling, the estranged wife of Clippers owner Donald Sterling, will fight to retain her 50 percent ownership stake in the team, her lawyer said.