Spurs win 10th straight, vault to top of West
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Neither Tim Duncan nor Rasheed Wallace had much of a game on offense in Wednesday night's matchup between Portland and San Antonio. That was because both played so well against each other on defense Duncan's teammates, however, outperformed Wallace's, enabling the Spurs to cling to a 84-79 win in the face of a strong second-half comeback by the Trail Blazers. Ginobili led six Spurs scoring in double-figures. Tony Parker had 15 points and Bruce Bowen scored all 13 of his points by halftime. The Spurs won despite Tim Duncan, who was held to eleven points on 3-of-14 shooting. Duncan did have eleven rebounds. Derek Anderson had 20 points for the Trail Blazers, who cut a 12-point halftime lead to 81-to-79 with one-28 remaining. Stephen Jackson sealed the victory by hitting a pair of free throws with ten-point-six seconds left. Jackson had ten points and eleven rebounds. The victory was San Antonio's 10th straight, and ensured the Spurs (58-20) would retain the best record in the league. They moved one game ahead of Dallas atop the Midwest Division after the Mavericks lost at Phoenix.