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Forbes leads Spurs in 114-83 win over shorthanded Blazers

Bryn Forbes had 18 points off the bench and the San Antonio Spurs extended their winning streak to a season-high three games with a 114-83 victory over the shorthanded Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday night.

Doug McDermott added 16 points and Dejounte Murray had 15 points and 13 assists for the Spurs.

The loss snapped a 10-game home winning streak for the Blazers. Portland was led by CJ McCollum and Norman Powell with 16 points each. Powell had missed the last two games with a bruised right quadriceps.

Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic, top, trips over San Antonio Spurs forward Keldon Johnson during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021. (AP PhotoCraig Mitchelldyer)

The Blazers were without All-Star guard Damian Lillard, who is out with lower abdominal tendinopathy. Portland announced on Wednesday that Lillard will miss 10 days before being re-evaluated.

Anfernee Simons started in Lillard's place but left in the first quarter after rolling his right ankle and did not return.

The Spurs led 86-70 going into the fourth but the Blazers closed the gap to 87-75 on Ben McLemore's 3-pointer with 8:33 to go. San Antonio answered with a 12-0 run to pull away, and fans began streaming toward the exits.

San Antonio Spurs forward Thaddeus Young, right, dunks in front of Portland Trail Blazers forward Tony Snell during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021. (AP PhotoCraig Mitchelldyer)

Keldon Johnson and Jakob Poeltl finished with 14 points apiece for San Antonio.

McDermott, acquired by the Spurs in the offseason from Indiana, started against the Blazers after missing four games with right knee inflammation.

Lonnie Walker IV's dunk gave the Spurs a 30-16 lead in the opening quarter. San Antonio pushed its lead to 44-34 after Johnson's basket and free throw.

San Antonio Spurs center Jakob Poeltl, left, drives to the basket as Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021. (AP PhotoCraig Mitchelldyer)

McCollum made a 3 for Portland in the final moments of the opening half, and San Antonio went into the break with a 68-47 lead.

The Spurs, who have the fewest 3-pointers in the NBA, made 11 in the opening half — including the first three baskets of the game. They had no 3-pointers in the third quarter and finished with 14.

TIP-INS

Spurs: San Antonio (7-13) improved to 3-7 on the road. ... It was the first of a three-game trip.

Trail Blazers: The Blazers (11-12) have been propped up by their home record. They are 1-10 on the road this season. ... Portland's 10-game winning streak at home was the team's longest since 2009. ... The Blazers play the Spurs three more times this season. ... The Blazers were coming off a 110-92 victory over Detroit on Tuesday, which snapped a three-game losing streak.

UP NEXT

The Spurs visit the Golden State Warriors on Saturday.

The Trail Blazers host the Boston Celtics on Saturday.

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