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Portland Trail Blazers keep play-off dreams alive

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The Portland Trail Blazers secured their first win of the series on Monday night to keep their play-off dreams alive as the Trail Blazers beat the San Antonio Spurs 103-92 at the Moda Centre.

On the back of three straight defeats, and after beating the Houston Rockets in the first round 4-2, Terry Stotts' men prevented a whitewash in front of their home fans keeping their hopes still intact.

Forward Nicolas Batum scored 14 points and claimed eight assists for the Trail Blazers in their victory, and the 25-year-old spoke to ESPN after the game about how they played without any pressure.

"We had nothing to lose tonight. We had no pressure. It was do or die. So we just go out there and play."

Guard Tony Parker meanwhile believed the credit has to go to the Trail Blazers, as the 31-year-old quoted to ESPN that they played fantastically.

"You have to give a lot of credit to Portland. They played great. They came out of the gates and I thought Batum was great tonight. He gave them a big boost."

Parker scored 14 points for the Spurs, which was the most recorded a San Antonio player in the game, as Tim Duncan and Boris Diaw both put 12 on the board.

Much of the anticipation and pressure lay on the shoulders of Gregg Popovich's men, but the Trail Blazers came out in the first quarter in style, winning 29-24.

LaMarcus Aldridge scored seven whilst playing the whole quarter; hitting three of his five attempted field goals, as both Wesley Matthews and Damian Lillard hit six.

San Antonio however bounced back in the second to clinch 24-21 victory; as Popovich gave nearly all his players some playing time.

Tony Parker and Boris Diaw both scored six for the visitors with Diaw converting three out of his three field goal attempts.

Will Barton scored six for the hosts and heading in at half time the Trail Blazers had with two point lead at 50-48.

The fans were really getting behind their home team and this effect had an influence on the players as in the third quarter Terry Stotts' men hammered home 35 points to the Spurs' 20.

Aldridge and Robin Lopez both scored eight points while Batum scored seven and got four asissts in the 11 minutes he featured.

Tim Duncan meanwhile done his best to keep the Spurs in the game scoring eight points, as going into the final 12 minutes the hosts had a 17-point lead.

In the final quarter Spurs urged a fight back, and they achieved a win in the fourth but it wasn't enough winning 24-18, but losing the game overall.

Danny Green scoring seven points for the visitors with Corey Joseph adding five, as Popovich rested both Duncan and Parker.

Stotts didn't take the same steps as his opposing coach as Damian Lillard scored nine in nine minutes with Will Barton adding five to the board.

San Antonio wouldn't have wanted to play another game, but they have the home advantage heading into Wednesday night at the AT&T Centre, as Greg Popovich's men have only lost one game at home so far in these play-offs.

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