Tony Parker scored 29 points, Tim Duncan added 19 to pass Karl Malone for fifth on the all-time postseason scoring list and the San Antonio Spurs routed the Portland Trail Blazers for the third time in a row, 118-103, Saturday night at the Moda Center, taking a commanding 3-0 lead in their second-round playoff series.
No team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit in playoff history.
Game 3 was eerily similar to Game 2.
The Spurs dominated the first two quarters, taking a 60-40 lead into halftime. However, the Blazers came out firing in the third period, going on a 17-4 run and trimming the deficit to seven. San Antonio responded by pushing the lead back to 14 by the end of the quarter, and Portland never got to within single digits again.
The Spurs shot 48.3 percent from the floor and went a perfect 25-of-25 from the free-throw line. Their bench also outscored the Blazers' reserves 40-6. Portland's backup point guard Mo Williams sat this one out with a groin injury, leaving Terry Stotts with virtually no scoring off the pine.
Four of the Blazers' starters scored 20 or more, with Wesley Matthews leading the way with 22.
Game 4 is at 10:30 p.m. ET on Sunday at the Moda Center.
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