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LaMarcus Aldridge scored 20 points, and Joe Przybilla had 17 rebounds. It was the 50th win for Portland, a mark the Trail Blazers haven't reached since 2002-03.
"Getting 50 games, that's a big goal," said Greg Oden, who had eight points and eight rebounds. "We just want to keep on winning, trying to get home court for the playoffs." The Trail Blazers did it by slowly erasing a huge first-quarter deficit that had the game taking on the early look of a blowout.
Hitting 70 percent of its first-quarter shots, San Antonio jumped to a 39-20 lead before the Trail Blazers began slowly inching back. Portland ended the first half on a 25-8 run, punctuated by Steve Blake's half-court heave at the buzzer that swished in and closed cut it to 49-47.
A free throw by Roy with 3:35 left in the third gave Portland its first lead since the opening minutes. Aldridge hit a running finger roll the next time down to push the lead to three and led the rest of the way.
"It looked like we wanted this game," Portland coach Nate McMillan said. "We played hard and we got it."
Notes: The Spurs are 18-16 without Ginobili in the lineup this season and 32-12 with him. ... The Spurs promoted G Marcus Williams from their D-League team in Austin and waived Malik Hairston before the game. Williams, a former Arizona standout, averaged a triple-double in three games last week for the Toros. ... Former Spurs great David Robinson watched his first game courtside since being elected to the Hall of Fame this week. The crowd treated him to an extended standing ovation.
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