The San Antonio Spurs (32-25) lost their third-straight game on the Rodeo Trip losing 127-118 to the Portland Trail Blazers Thursday night in Portland.
Led by DeMar DeRozan's 35 points and Rudy Gay's 25, the Spurs were unable stop the Blazers to start the fourth period after a thrilling third period which saw the Spurs erase a Blazers' 21 point lead down to six heading into the final frame.
The Spurs outscored the Blazers 33-26 in the third period. Gay knocked down 4-of-4 3-point shots for 16 points while DeRozan added 14 as the Spurs trailed 96-90 going into the fourth.
However, the Blazers topped the Spurs in the fourth period, 31-28, as the Blazers took advantage of 18 Spurs turnovers for 22 points.
“Who knows, 18 turnovers are 18 turnovers, no matter how you slice it. Did a good job hanging in there, got down by 18 or 20 and they showed a lot of grit to get back in the game, but after that McCollum was just too tough; he and Damian were great."
“It’s tough, I mean, obviously we’ve had some tough losses on games we thought we should’ve won but, you know, it’s a long season. This is a learning experience for us."
“We had too many defensive collapses."
“That was kind of an interesting game. Other than that stretch where we couldn’t find Rudy Gay, I thought we had a pretty good game. The first half was solid, offensively we really moved the ball well."
“We started off the game going back and forth, both teams scoring and then kind of got on top of that, had a good second quarter, had control of the game, started the third well too and they had a run."
"We know they’re a good team, well coached, and they’re going to execute and play hard. Just wanted to get some stops and kind of stop the bleeding."