Matthews scores 31, Blazers beat slumping Spurs

LaMarcus Aldridge had 11 points and 13 rebounds

Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge, middle, is double teamed by the San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker, left, and Tim Duncan during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge, middle, is double teamed by the San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker, left, and Tim Duncan during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Wesley Matthews scored 31 points, LaMarcus Aldridge had 11 points and 13 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the slumping San Antonio Spurs 111-95 on Wednesday night for their first victory since the All-Star break.

Six players scored in double figures for Portland, which ended a two-game skid. Damian Lillard had 18 points and Nicolas Batum added 15.

Tim Duncan shot 9 of 12 and scored 20 points to lead San Antonio, which lost its fourth consecutive game. Danny Green had 17 points for the defending NBA champions.

Portland was 13 of 26 from 3-point range, with Matthews hitting a team-high four 3s.

The Blazers led 51-50 at halftime after the first two quarters were decidedly one-sided.

Portland dominated the first quarter, hitting 13 of 22 shots to take a 32-16 lead. Robin Lopez scored four points during a 10-0 run that helped the Blazers take control.

Portland led by as many as 19 early in the second quarter when momentum completely shifted in San Antonio’s direction. The Spurs, who made 13 of 20 shots during the second quarter, put together a 16-2 run late in the period and pulled even at 48 on Aron Baynes’ layup.

Portland re-established itself early in the third quarter, when Lillard scored six points during an 11-0 run that gave the Blazers a 67-54 lead. San Antonio responded with six quick points, but Portland quickly halted the Spurs’ momentum by scoring nine of the next 11 to take a 76-62 lead.

San Antonio, trailing 81-71 after three, threatened the Blazers again when Green and Tony Parker hit 3-pointers to start the fourth quarter. Portland, a loser in five of its previous nine games when leading after three quarters, regained control when Matthews hit two 3s during a 10-0 run.

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TIP-INS

Spurs: Duncan scored San Antonio’s first 10 points, going 5 of 5 to start the game. The rest of the Spurs went 0 for 7 and didn’t produce their first basket until Manu Ginobili scored with 5:01 left in the first quarter. … San Antonio has scored fewer than 100 points in 10 of its past 14 games. … The Spurs have games remaining at Sacramento and Phoenix on its nine-game, 20-day road trip. They are 2-5 on the swing. … Since 2008, San Antonio is 2-11 in Portland.

Trail Blazers: Aldridge returned to the lineup after missing Sunday’s game with a right thumb injury. … Since the All-Star break, Batum is shooting 61.5 percent (16 of 26) from the floor. … Matthews has 55 3-pointers in the fourth quarter this season, 13 more than any other player in the NBA. … Portland won the season series, 3-1.

UP NEXT

Spurs: Friday at Sacramento.

Trail Blazers: Home on Friday against Oklahoma City.

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