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The Portland Trail Blazers knocked San Antonio from the ranks of the unbeaten Saturday night, beating the Spurs 115-105 and spoiling a vintage 24-point night from Tim Duncan.
Duncan's throwback performance was no match for Portland, which had three players score more than 20.
Leading the way for the Blazers was forward Nicolas Batum, who notched a triple-double with 11 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists. Batum got those last two points at the buzzer, something he immediately regretted, according Sean Meagher of the Oregonian:
As the clock neared double zeros and the win was in hand, Batum headed down the court with 12 rebounds, 11 assists and eight points. But before the buzzer sounded signaling the end of the game, Batum nonchalantly hurled the ball at the hoop. The horn went off, the streamers dropped and so did Batum's three-pointer, earning him the triple-double.
“It went in — I was like, ‘Oh, no,” Batum told reporters after the game. “I didn’t mean to disrespect this team. This is the San Antonio Spurs, the best team from the last 15 years in the NBA. I’ve never disrespected this team. I love this team. I have a lot of friends on this team.”
So congratulations to all of you who had Batum in your "first triple-double of the 2013-14 season" office pool!