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Wednesday, March 12th (All times Eastern)

Portland Trail Blazers (42-22) at San Antonio Spurs (47-16), 9:30 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The San Antonio Spurs are back in the Alamo City for three straight games, starting with Wednesday's matchup with the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Spurs will also host the Los Angeles Lakers and Utah Jazz, and have won six in a row at the AT&T Center, where they own a 23-8 record.

San Antonio has won seven in a row overall and 14 of its last 17 games, including Tuesday's 104-96 victory against the Chicago Bulls. The Spurs led 38-14 after the first quarter and survived Chicago's rally in the second half to stay a half-game ahead of Oklahoma City for the West's top seed.

"Best first half we have played in a long time. Hopefully we are not peaking. It's not the right time," Spurs reserve Manu Ginobili said.

Ginobili and Tony Parker scored 22 and 20 points, respectively, while Kawhi Leonard had 16 points. Tim Duncan was limited to four points, but grabbed nine rebounds and handed out five assists for the Spurs, who made 50.6 percent from the field and sank 12-of-21 3-pointers.

The Spurs are headed toward another postseason and sit 3 1/2 games ahead of Houston for the Southwest lead.

Portland limps into the Alamo City having lost the first three tests on a five-game southern road trip. It has dropped decisions to Dallas, Houston and Memphis, and suffered 109-99 defeat to the Grizzlies on Tuesday.

Damian Lillard's 32 points went to waste and LaMarcus Aldridge added 19 and 10 rebounds. Nicolas Batum was the other double-digit scorer with 15 points and also pulled down eight rebounds for the Blazers.

Aldridge made just 8-of-23 shots and Lillard was 8-of-21 from the field.

"I'm just missing shots," Aldridge admitted. "I have had great looks and I've missed them. I am going to find my rhythm and I am going to make those shots that I've been missing soon."

The Blazers are 18-14 on the road and fifth in the West standings, two games behind the Rockets. They will close the trek Friday at New Orleans.

Blazers guard Mo Williams is questionable against the Spurs with a hip issue.

Portland has won two of the first three meetings with San Antonio this season and is 4-1 in the last five games in this series. The Spurs, though, have a 14-5 record in the last 19 home games in this series.

Wednesday's game features two of the highest scoring teams in the league, as Portland sits second with 107.5 ppg and San Antonio is averaging 104.6 ppg.

03/12 10:23:15 ET

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Local
Final
UNC 82
OSU 74
Final
MVSU 60
NCCU 94
 
Final
UNCW 66
ECU 54
Final
CAR 2
NYR 3
Final
CHA 104
UTA 86
2nd
WVU 48
NCSU 43
 
Final
NYK 90
PHO 99
Final
NOP 88
POR 114
Final
CHA 104
UTA 86
Final
HOU 97
ATL 104
Final
DAL 99
SAN 93
 
4th
DEN 64
IND 60
 
1st
LAC 28
MIL 24
 
Final
LALAF 16
NEV 3
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UTEP 6
UTST 21
Final
COLST 10
UTAH 45
Final
AFA 38
WMICH 24
Half
BGU 20
SALABAMA 7
 
Final
GEOR 81
CHAR 78
Final
WKENT 67
LOU 76
Final
MICH 51
SMU 62
Final
CIN 47
VCU 68
Final
BSU 77
ABCHRIST 33
 
Final
PROV 85
UMASS 65
Final
AMER 46
MNTER 45
 
Final
UNC 82
OSU 74
Final
IUPUI 71
SALA 65
 
Final
VILL 82
SYR 77
Final
VT 64
CITA 61
Final
DUQ 79
MLOWELL 63
 
Final
FAIR 61
BEL 73
 
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YALE 60
GTDNS 64
 
Final
FD 76
DEL 74
 
Final
PSU 73
DREX 68
Final
UNCG 64
ELON 71
 
Final
ILL 62
MIZZ 59
Final
CAMP 90
MONT 64
 
Final
LONG 106
PSUBEAVER 74
 
Final
HOU 63
SCST 71
 
Final
FSU 75
SFLA 62
Final
BING 51
BONA 69
 
Final
RUTG 68
RFLSH 73
 
Final
MCNST 69
TOL 83
 
Final
JVU 84
TRUETT 55
 
Final
GT 65
VANDY 60
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INDST 56
EILL 60
 
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BUT 73
IND 82
Final
STEPH 94
ARTCH 57
 
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OREG 83
DELST 70
 
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Terriers 61
FATL 56
 
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TXARL 89
HPYN 50
 
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KU 96
LAF 69
Final
ARKST 67
MARS 58
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MEM 78
ORU 63
Final
KNST 53
UMBC 66
 
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NW 67
WMICH 61
Final
MIZST 65
EMICH 77
 
Final
CHIST 77
STJOE 54
 
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KENT 83
UCLA 44
Final
COC 68
DAVID 80
Final
RIU 69
DET 55
Final
UCR 78
HOUB 67
 
Final
MURST 89
ILLST 77
 
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NWST 89
LALAF 85
 
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WAGN 66
MON 74
 
Final
MVSU 60
NCCU 94
 
Final
PITT 81
OU 77
Final
TENNM 77
PBY 60
 
Final
WYO 57
SOUTH 39
 
Final
AFA 75
UCD 81
Final
MSST 51
USCU 53
 
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JMU 71
HIGH 80
 
Final
TXST 90
HTILL 56
 
Final
DRAK 54
ISU 83
Final
SHU 73
UNH 60
 
Final
SCU 72
NE 78
 
Final
MSU 64
TXSOU 71
Final
UF 63
WAKE 50
Final
ND 94
PURD 63
Final
SHSU 61
PVU 44
 
Final
AUB 89
XAV 88
Final
AKR 92
BLUFFTON 53
 
Final
DAY 78
BU 62
 
Final
UNCW 66
ECU 54
Final
CLMB 82
HOF 77
 
Final
GMAS 86
IONA 81
Final
TOWS 53
LAS 67
Final
MAN 73
MRGST 69
 
Final
CCST 76
YALE 84
 
Final
PEPP 63
RICH 65
Final
MAR 58
STJOE 75
Final
KYST 71
TEXAM 64
Final
MAST 72
VALPO 75
 
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UMKC 104
INCWORD 110
 
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IDST 50
CALST 59
 
Final
NIOWA 56
IOWA 44
Final
SIUE 61
UWMIL 56
 
Final
TEX 78
LBSU 68
Final
TCU 88
TXSA 57
Final
ARK 85
SEMIZ 67
 
Final
NCOL 69
JVST 60
 
1st OT
ARST 68
LEH 64
 
Final
NMST 67
NMU 69
 
2nd
WASH 68
OKLA 67
 
Final
GRCN 81
STED 55
 
Final
WEBER 73
WLVRN 61
 
2nd
WVU 48
NCSU 43
 
1st
SDST 36
BST 26
 
2nd
GONZ 30
CPSL 22
 
2nd
PAC 31
FRES 26
 
Half
PORT 50
MNTST 29
 
2nd
CSNO 31
TAMCC 23
 
Half
UTST 28
SDKST 28
 
11:00pm Tonight
BYU
STAN
11:30pm Tonight
UNLV
UTAH
Final
LOS 4
ARI 2
Final
CLB 3
CHI 2
Final
BUF 1
COL 5
Final
PIT 3
FLA 1
Final
CAR 2
NYR 3
Final
MON 4
OTT 1
Final
TOR 4
PHI 7
Final
NYI 3
TAM 1
Final
NJD 0
WAS 4
Final
MIN 5
NAS 6
 
2nd
VAN 2
CAL 0
 
1st
SJS 0
STL 0
 
Final
WAS 27
PHI 24
4th
SFX 35
SDC 21