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Spurs edge Trail Blazers

Portland, OR (SportsNetwork.com) - Patty Mills stepped up in the fourth quarter for the second straight night and the San Antonio Spurs edged the Portland Trail Blazers 111-109 at Moda Center.

Mills netted 13 of his 29 points in the final stanza Wednesday in leading the Spurs to their sixth win on a nine-game road trip, which ends Friday in Phoenix. The reserve guard had 16 points in the fourth frame in Tuesday's win over the Clippers.

"Patty was spectacular again. He's a tough cover. He's a great competitor and he has helped us like that all year long," San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said.

Marco Belinelli scored 20 points and hit the go-ahead 3-pointer down the stretch, while Danny Green and Manu Ginobili chipped in with 16 apiece in the victory.

Damian Lillard led the Blazers with 31 points on 13-of-21 shooting, but Portland opened up its post All-Star Game slate with a third straight loss. Mo Williams and Wesley Matthews contributed 19 and 18 points, respectively, in a losing cause.

"We tried to beat San Antonio at their game and they did it better than us," Blazers head coach Terry Stotts said. "We didn't do enough defensively to get the win."

Both teams were playing without key contributors, as Tony Parker and Tim Duncan rested for San Antonio and LaMarcus Aldridge was out with a left groin strain for the Blazers.

Portland missed its first 10 shots of the fourth quarter, and San Antonio's subsequent 13-1 run, capped by a Mills 3-pointer, had the Spurs on top 92-82.

The Blazers made one final run and pulled even at 101-101 on Matthews' steal and dunk with 1:51 remaining.

Belinelli answered with a 3-pointer, then fed Tiago Splitter in the lane for a bucket while being fouled. Splitter missed the free throw with 54.4 seconds left, then went 1-of-2 from the line the next time down to make it a six-point game at 107-101.

Williams kept the Blazers in striking distance with a 3-pointer, and when Splitter missed a layup with time winding down, the Blazers looked like they were going to have a chance at tying things up. Robin Lopez, though, turned the ball over and the Spurs held on for the win.

Both teams shot under 35 percent from the field in the first quarter, which ended with the Blazers holding a 24-18 lead.

Things picked up in the second, and even though the Spurs trailed 52-51 at halftime, they took the game's biggest lead at the time midway through the third when Mills drove in for two for a 69-60 advantage.

Portland answered with the next eight points and brought a slim 81-79 edge into the fourth.

Game Notes

The Blazers had won four straight against San Antonio and nine of their previous 10 at home in this series ... Lopez totaled 11 points and 14 rebounds ... Splitter, who missed the previous four games with an injury, netted 15 points.

02/20 02:37:12 ET

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Chicago86Final(OT) | Box
Charlotte «91
Indiana «101Final | Box
Orlando86
Washington «118Final | Box
Boston102
Brooklyn85Final | Box
Cleveland «114
Dallas105Final(OT) | Box
Memphis «106
Philadelphia «100Final | Box
Miami87
Atlanta «111Final | Box
Milwaukee103
Utah «136Final(2nd OT) | Box
Minnesota130
Houston100Final | Box
New Orleans «105
Toronto92Final | Box
New York «95
Detroit111Final | Box
Oklahoma City «112
LA Lakers «113Final | Box
San Antonio100
Golden State994th Qtr 5:37 | Box
Denver99CSN-CHI, SportSouth
LA Clippers914th Qtr 7:18 | Box
Portland92ESPN, CSN-BA+, Altitude
Phoenix1014th Qtr 1:18 | Box
Sacramento96FSN-PT, KGW
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Standings

2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 53 28 .654 5 1/2 30-10 23-18 30-21 W 4
Minnesota 40 41 .494 18 1/2 24-16 16-25 23-28 L 2
Denver 36 45 .444 22 1/2 22-18 14-27 20-31 L 1
Utah 24 57 .296 34 1/2 16-25 8-32 12-39 L 5
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 24 .704 --- 34-7 23-17 36-15 W 2
x-Golden State 50 31 .617 7 27-14 23-17 30-21 W 1
Phoenix 47 34 .580 10 26-15 21-19 27-24 L 3
Sacramento 28 53 .346 29 17-23 11-30 15-36 W 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 1/2 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Dallas 49 32 .605 12 1/2 26-15 23-17 29-22 W 1
x-Memphis 49 32 .605 12 1/2 26-14 23-18 28-23 W 4
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
Final
CIN 4
PIT 0
Final
BAL 3
TAM 0
Final
NYY 3
CHC 0
Final
MIL 5
STL 1
Final
ARI 2
NYM 5
Final
PHI 0
ATL 1
Final
NYY 2
CHC 0
Final
DET 2
CLE 3
Final
MIA 3
WAS 6
Final
TEX 3
SEA 2
13th
CWS 4
BOS 4
 
Final
HOU 4
KAN 6
8:10pm Wednesday
MIN 0
TOR 0
8th
ANA 3
OAK 4
 
8th
SDP 4
COL 2
 
8th
SFG 2
LOS 1
 
1:05pm Today
PHI
ATL
 
1:08pm Today
DET
CLE
 
1:10pm Today
MIN
TOR
 
2:05pm Today
TEX
SEA
 
3:45pm Today
SFG
LOS
 
6:40pm Tonight
SDP
COL
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
MIL
 
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
STL
 
7:10pm Tonight
TAM
NYY
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIN
TOR
 
8:10pm Tonight
CWS
BOS
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
KAN
 
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
ORL 86
IND 101
Final
MIL 103
ATL 111
Final
CLE 114
BRK 85
Final
MEM 106
DAL 105
Final
OKC 112
DET 111
Final
NOP 105
HOU 100
Final
SAN 100
LAL 113
Final
MIA 87
PHI 100
Final
NYK 95
TOR 92
Final
MIN 130
UTA 136
Final
BOS 102
WAS 118
4th
DEN 97
GSW 99
 
4th
POR 91
LAC 89
 
4th
SAC 94
PHO 99
 
Final
TAM 4
MON 5
Final
PIT 4
CLB 3
3rd
ANA 4
DAL 3
 
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
PHI
8:00pm Tonight
STL
CHI
9:30pm Tonight
COL
MIN
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR