San Antonio wins series 4-1 (Game 5 of 5)

San Antonio wins series 4-1

Game 1: Tuesday, May 6th
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Game 2: Thursday, May 8th
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Game 3: Saturday, May 10th
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Game 4: Monday, May 12th
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Game 5: Wednesday, May 14th
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Trail Blazers 82

(54-28, 23-18 away)

Spurs 104

(62-20, 32-9 home)

    Coverage: TNT

    9:30 PM ET, May 14, 2014

    AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

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    POR 19 25 19 1982
    SA 19 32 26 27104

    Top Performers

    Por: D. Lillard 17 Pts, 2 Reb, 10 Ast, 1 Stl

    SA: D. Green 22 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Spurs cruise despite injury to Tony Parker, advance to West finals

    Associated Press

    SAN ANTONIO -- The veteran San Antonio Spurs showed Portland a few things about succeeding in the playoffs. The biggest lesson was how not to panic when an All-Star goes down.

    Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard each scored 22 points, and San Antonio overcame an injury to Tony Parker to close out the Western Conference semifinals with a 104-82 victory on Wednesday night.

    Patty Mills scored 18 points and Tim Duncan had 16 points and eight rebounds for San Antonio, which had four blowout victories in the five-game series.

    It's the third straight conference finals appearance for San Antonio, which lost a heartbreaking seven-game series to the Miami Heat in last season's NBA Finals.

    San Antonio, which had the NBA's best record, will await the winner of the series between Oklahoma City and the Los Angeles Clippers. The Thunder have a 3-2 lead.

    "Whoever's the best team, I want to play them," Leonard said. "It's gonna prepare us for the (NBA) finals."

    LaMarcus Aldridge had 21 points for Portland, while Damian Lillard added 17 points and 10 assists.

    With Parker forced to exit in the first half with a hamstring injury, Leonard, Mills and Green pressed the action on both ends.

    San Antonio finished with 13 steals, including five for Leonard, while forcing 18 turnovers.

    "My mindset was just trying to be aggressive on the offensive end," Leonard said. "Just knowing Tony was out, he's very aggressive and still try to stick with our system. Play our offense, move the ball, just try to be a little more aggressive."

    The Spurs also had 24 assists on 42 baskets, shooting 47 percent from the field, and had 43 fast-break points.

    "They definitely showed us about moving the ball around," Aldridge said "They made five or six passes every possession down. It just makes your defense tired and just makes guys make mistakes. They definitely showed use where we are trying to go."

    After playing with various injuries throughout last postseason, the Spurs had been healthy in these playoffs until Wednesday.

    After returning to the court with 9:46 remaining in the second quarter following his normal rest, Parker left the game exactly a minute later. He headed back to the locker room followed closely by San Antonio general manager R.C. Buford and team physician, Dr. Paul Saenz.

    "Luckily we have a couple of days," Duncan said. "It worries us, obviously, but he's been going hard. He's had a great series thus far, and it just kind of caught up with him. They pulled the plug on him before he hurt himself. He started to feel a little weird and they did the right thing. Hopefully that helps; hopefully there's nothing there."

    Parker was scoreless in 10 minutes, missing his only two shots as Portland pushed to keep the All-Star point guard out of the paint.

    With Parker out, the Spurs' bench outscored the Trail Blazers' 40-7.

    "Everybody stepped up," forward Boris Diaw said. "We have a very solid team, a very deep bench."

    The lack of bench production was especially critical considering how Splitter and the Spurs were able to contain Aldridge.

    After averaging 29.8 points in Portland's upset of Houston in the opening round of the playoffs, Aldridge was limited to 21.8 points.

    "I don't know maybe you can tell me," Aldridge said when asked about the Spurs' defense. "I had the same looks. I actually got to the rim more in this series than in last series. I just missed easy shots. I have to be better for us to win. I definitely didn't play well in this series so it was tough for us to win games."

    Even with Parker slowed, the Spurs still had another good start thanks to their hustle on the boards.

    Tiago Splitter had two offensive rebounds in the opening 3 minutes. The Spurs, who were averaging 9.3 offensive rebounds in the postseason, had five in the first quarter alone.

    Mills provided a huge spark even before Parker's exit.

    The energetic Aussie sprinted for a layup after tipping away C.J. McCollum's dribble in the backcourt. A possession later, Mills blocked Lillard's 3-pointer, igniting a fast break that led to Green's first 3 of the game.

    "What Patty (Mills) did today was outstanding," Ginobili said. "Patty, Danny, and Kawhi, especially, were fantastic. We struggled all series in the third quarters, and they really stepped up. They were aggressive, getting steals, running the transition and ones we got that lead back to 20, it kind of felt like it was over."

    Green had the strongest effort of the postseason, going 4 for 6 on 3s.

    San Antonio had four 3s in the second quarter, with Leonard's second extending its lead to 43-30 with 4:47 remaining in the half.

    Game notes

    Portland G Mo Williams (groin) missed his third straight game. After scoring six points on 3-for-11 shooting in the series opener, Williams exited Game 2 after nine minutes with a strained groin and has not played since. . Meb Keflezighi, the first American man to win the Boston Marathon in 31 years, was in attendance.

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    Research Notes

    After shooting 40.4% on jump shots against the Rockets in the first round, the Trail Blazers had far less success in the West semifinals against the Spurs. The Blazers made 12-of-39 jump shots Wednesday and finished the series shooting 34.9%. Damian Lillard, the Blazers' hero against the Rockets, was less effective against the Spurs. He hit 1-of-13 contested 3-pointers against San Antonio after making 15-of-34 in the previous series against Houston.
    The Spurs scored 36 points in transition Wednesday, the most they've scored in a game this postseason. Kawhi Leonard and Patty Mills paced the Spurs' offense, scoring 19 transition points (8-of-10).
    Kawhi Leonard was the Spurs' best defender Wednesday forcing six turnovers and limiting the Blazers to four points when he was the primary defender. Leonard held the Blazers to 6-of-20 shooting for the series (30%). In the previous series against Dallas, Leonard was less effective allowing opponents to score 11.9 points per game.
    The Spurs scored 33 fastbreak points in Game 5, their most in ANY postseason game in the Tim Duncan era (since 1997-98). It's also tied for the fourth-most fastbreak points in a playoff game by any team in the last 15 postseasons.
    Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili have registered 108 career playoff wins together, 2 shy of tying Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Michael Cooper for most all-time by a trio
    Prior to this round, 109 teams jumped out to a 3-0 lead in a best-of-7 series. No team overcame that deficit, but 3 did force a Game 7, the last of which being the Trail Blazers back in the 2003 First Round against the Mavericks
    The Spurs are seeking their 3rd straight Conference Final appearance and 9th in the Tim Duncan era (since 1997-98). Should they win tonight, it would be the most of any team during that span, surpassing the Lakers (8).
    The Heat and Spurs both advanced to the Conference Finals Wednesday, setting the stage for a possible rematch of last year's NBA Finals. The last time the same teams played in the NBA Finals in consecutive postseasons was in 1997 and 1998, when the Bulls and Jazz met in two straight Finals. The Bulls beat the Jazz in six games in both of those series.

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