Parker’s 33 Points Lead Spurs over Blazers in Game 1
(SAN ANTONIO) -- Experience usually trumps youth during the NBA postseason, and the San Antonio Spurs are a prime example of that. Tony Parker scored 33 points and dished out nine assists as the Spurs rocked the Portland Trail Blazers 116-92 on Tuesday night to take Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal series.
Parker scored 13 points in the first quarter as the Spurs jumped out to a double-digit lead and never looked back: they never trailed and led by at least 20 points for the entire second half.
"I think Game 7 (against Dallas) gave us a lot of confidence for our team," Parker said. "I think team-wise we played our best game in Game 7. I think tonight was a little bit of the same thing. Defensively, it was one of our best games because Portland has a lot of shooters, a lot of scorers."
Trail Blazers All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge led the way with 32 points and 14 rebounds. Damien Lillard chipped in 17 points, but the team looked nothing like the won who topped the Houston Rockets in the first round.
"They did what championship teams do," Aldridge said. "They came out and set the tone early. Most of the guys on (Portland's) team haven't even been in the second round and they've won championships. They've been here. I think they definitely came out and they let us know how it's going to be."
Game 2 is set for Thursday night.
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