NBA Conference Semifinals (G1): Tony Parker and the Spurs choke Portland
Tony Parker has found his rhythm in Game 7 of the first round of the playoffs and does not intend to lose it. That night, the leader of San Antonio made a new copy with more than 30 units as his franchise outperformed Portland 116-92.
Never has Nicolas Batum (7 pts, 3 /12 shooting, 5 rebounds) and his teammates been able to worry the Spurs for their first face to face in the semifinals series conference. Grabbed by the throat by the troops of Gregg Popovich , the Trail Blazers shot to 22% in the first quarter time (37.8% of the entire game), while the Texans in the wake of TP took control of shots to 60% (the first period). The French registered 13 points in the first act and spurs led 29-16 when they were about to play the second quarter. Winner of 13 of the last 19 tussles against the Texans, Portland still not found solution to the game proposed by the Spurs. Parker distills caviar (6 assists in the first half) and the gap increases to 26 points at the break, 65-39. Damian Lillard scored only four points in the period. Only LaMarcus Aldridge (12 points) tries to meet the challenge imposed.
The Blazers start the second period with a 0-5, but San Antonio responds with a 10-2 and continues its work of undermining. The bench provides 50 points to this clear victory with 6 by Boris Diaw who adds to his line of stat 3 rebounds and 3 assists.
Tony Parker makes a black copy of 33 points to 13/24 shooting, 9 assists and 3 rebounds. Tim Duncan splits a double-double, 12 points and 11 rebounds. Opposite, Aldridge finished the game with 32 points and 14 rebounds; 17 points for Lillard.
Game 2 will be played Thursday still at the AT & T Center.
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