Lillard scores 30, Trail Blazers rout Spurs 124-102

<p>PORTLAND, Ore. &mdash; Damian Lillard scored 30 points and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the San Antonio Spurs 124-102 on Saturday night, moving closer to an outright playoff spot.</p>
<p>CJ McCollum added 27 points and Jusuf Nurkic had 17 points and nine rebounds for Portland, which has won seven of eight.</p>
<p>DeMar DeRozan finished with 20 points and Lonnie Walker added 18 for the Spurs.</p>
<p>Lillard hit a 3-pointer that gave the Blazers a 90-75 lead going into the fourth quarter and Portland led by as many as 26 points in the period. Neither Lillard nor Nurkic played in the fourth.</p>
<p>Both teams were playing the second of back-to-backs. Portland solidified its hold on sixth place in the Western Conference with a 106-101 victory Friday night over the Lakers, which gave the Blazers the tiebreaker against their foe.</p>
<p>The Blazers moved within one-half game of fifth-place Dallas in the West. The top six teams avoid the NBA’s new play-in tournament. San Antonio has lost six of seven but is 10th in the West, two games ahead of New Orleans for the final play-in spot.</p>
<p>Portland was without Carmelo Anthony, who has a right ankle sprain. The 10-time All-Star, who is averaging 13.5 points off the bench for the Blazers, hadn’t missed a game this season.</p>
<p>IMcCollum’s 3-pointer gave the Blazers a 36-34 lead midway through the second quarter. He added another 3 after Enes Kanter’s layup.</p>
<p>Lillard’s 3-pointer stretched the lead to 52-43 and he finished the opening half with 21 points. Portland led 57-47 at the break.</p>
<p>Spurs: Dropped two of three games against the Blazers this season.</p>
<p>Trail Blazers: Hosted fans at the Moda Center for the second time. The team can bring in about 10% of capacity, roughly 1,900 people. … Coach Terry Stotts won his 399th game with the Blazers.</p>
<p>30 FOR 30</p>
<p>Lillard has scored 30 or more points in five straight games. He ranks third in the league with 32 30-point or better games.</p>
<p>UP NEXT</p>
<p>Spurs: Host Milwaukee on Monday.</p>
<p>Trail Blazers: Host Houston on Monday.</p>
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