NBA: Spurs tighten their grip on the play-off spot with a win over the Blazers

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File – Caldon Johnson # 3 of San Antonio Spurs. Theron W. Henderson / Getty Images / AFP

Devin Vassel added 22 points and Caldon Johnson added 21 to lead the balanced San Antonio attack as the Spurs made a huge first half and lost to the visiting Portland Trail Blazers 130-111 on Friday.

The Spurs (32-45) are 10th in the West and are in the final of the play-offs. San Antonio, who can reach the ninth in the west, owns a tiebreaker over the Los Angeles Lakers with a good conference record.

Portland (27-50) were knocked out of the post-season consideration with a loss, their sixth consecutive defeat and their 16th defeat in the last 18 games.

The teams will play against each other again in Alamo City on Sunday.

Jack Collins scored 15 points for San Antonio, Joshua Primo and Jacob Poiltl scored 13 runs each and Josh Richardson and Lonnie Walker scored IV 12 in the win. The Spurs played without Murray in the All-Star Point Guard disguise, who was out due to an upper respiratory illness.

Kevin Johnson had 20 points and led the Eight Trail Blazers in double figure scoring. Brandon Williams added 17, Greg Brown III and Drew Ubanks 13 and Ben McLemore and Chris Dunn 12 for Portland.

San Antonio trailed by eight points in the first minute of the game but took the lead in the middle of the first quarter, eventually taking a 34-24 lead to 34-29 at the end of the period. .

The Spurs took control of the game 12-2 early in the second quarter and pushed their lead to 77-49 at the break.

Four San Antonio players were scoring double figures in the first half, led by Richardson (12) and Johnson (11) on the bench. Keljin Blavins accelerated the trail blazers by 10 points in the half.

San Antonio’s advantage increased to 31 points after Primo’s 3-pointer with 8:26 to play in the third quarter. The Trail Blazers came back between 101-81 at the end of the period, but the Spurs’ lead was too much to overcome.

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