Spurs lose at the buzzer in Portland.

By josiahjohnson

Mismanagement at the end of the game cost the Spurs. The Spurs turned the ball over 19 times with 7 of those coming in the 4th quarter.  The Blazers went on an 8-0 run in the final 1:12 and capped the game off with a tip in at the buzzer to win.

With 32 seconds to go and a 4 point lead Tony Parker got sloppy brining the ball up the floor. Andre Miller picked his pocket and took the ball to the basket for an easy layup to cut the lead to 2 points.

With 7 seconds to go Manu Ginobili turned the ball over which lead to a break away and some more bad luck for the Spurs. Andre Miller got away with a travel when he dished the ball to Wesley Matthews. Matt Bonner Hustled back to block Matthews layup but Nicolas Batum was fouled on a shot after the offensive rebound and sank both free throws to tie the game.

The Spurs were unable to execute an inbounds play with .9 seconds. Steve Novack threw a terrible pass that sailed out of bounds. The Blazers took advantage and executed a back cut play at the buzzer to seal a victory.

It was a disappointing loss after a promising start to the game.  Tony Parker got off to a hot start with 11 in the 1st quarter and helped the Spurs open up a 28-17 lead. The Blazers managed to cut the lead to 4 points at the end of quarter. The Second quarter was a back and forth affair and Matt Bonner hit a three with 2 seconds left to give the Spurs a 49-47 Half time lead.  The third quarter was another back and forth affiar with the Blazers finishing the quarter out with a 73-70 lead.

It looked as though the game was turning in the 4th when a Ginobili steal and 3 pointer tied the game.  The Spurs managed to push the lead to 1o when Gary Neal hit a runner with 5:35 left in the game. But Sloppy play down the stretch cost the Spurs the game. The magic number to clinch home court still stands at 6.  The Spurs get another chance on Sunday in Memphis. The game tips off at 5pm and can be seen on Fox Sports Southwest.

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