The top-seeded San Antonio Spurs swarmed the fifth-seeded Portland Trail Blazers twice to begin the Western Conference Semifinals before visiting Oregon for Game 3.
Saturday’s bout was more of the same in Portland with San Antonio securing a 3-0 series lead thanks to another emphatic 118-103 victory keyed by an early onslaught.
Did you really think that the Spurs would have little in the tank after being pushed to seven games by the eighth-seeded Dallas Mavericks? Sixty-five, 70 and 60 points the first 24 minutes of the first three fights suggests otherwise.
Once again San Antonio put on a first-half clinic of how to play basketball at the Blazers’ expense. And then when Portland pulled within seven during the third period the Spurs said “Bon Voyage” racing to an 83-69 cushion after three.