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Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012

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A laugher: Trail Blazers players (from left) Gerald Wallace, LaMarcus Aldridge and Jamal Crawford laugh on the bench during their 137-97 rout of the Spurs on Tuesday. AP

Trail Blazers obliterate undermanned Spurs


PORTLAND, Oregon — LaMarcus Aldridge had 21 points and the Portland Trail Blazers routed San Antonio 137-97 Tuesday night while the Spurs rested Tim Duncan and Tony Parker.

Jamal Crawford scored 20 points, shooting 5-for-7 on 3-pointers, and had eight assists for the Blazers, who led by as many as 48 points and sat all of their starters for most of the fourth quarter. Gerald Wallace and Nicolas Batum each had 19 points.

Kawhi Leonard had 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead San Antonio, which snapped an 11-game winning streak overall and an eight-game streak on the road.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said before the game that he was resting Parker and Duncan because the team was playing three games in four nights. Parker is averaging 19.5 points per game, while Duncan's averaging 19.9 points and 8.6 rebounds.

"They've been going and going and going and if you don't do it now I think you're asking for trouble," Popovich said.

Parker had started in all of the Spurs' first 32 games this season.

San Antonio was also without guard Manu Ginobili for the second straight game because of a strained left oblique. Ginobili is expected to miss two weeks.

The Spurs were playing their annual rodeo road trip which keeps them away from home for an extended period while the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo takes over the AT&T Center.

Heat 120, Kings 108

In Miami, Dwyane Wade scored 30 points and added 10 assists, Mario Chalmers and Chris Bosh each scored 20 points and the NBA-leading Heat stretched their winning streak to seven games with a win over Sacramento.

Wade shot 11-for-16, the 11th straight game he's shot at least 50 percent, matching his career best in that department. He also had a run of 11 such games in his rookie season.

Pacers 117, Hornets 108 (OT)

In Indianapolis, Roy Hibbert had a career-high 30 points and 13 rebounds to lead Indiana past New Orleans in overtime.

Cavaliers 101, Pistons 100

In Cleveland, Antawn Jamison scored 32 points and rookie point guard Kyrie Irving led the Cavaliers' comeback from a 17-point deficit with 17 points in the fourth quarter.

Alonzo Gee, who scored 13 points in the fourth quarter, put Cleveland ahead for good, 97-95, by rebounding his own miss with a dunk with 25.4 seconds left.

Grizzlies 89, 76ers 76

In Memphis, Marc Gasol had 15 points and 14 rebounds, Rudy Gay scored 14 points and the Grizzlies moved a season high-tying four games above .500.

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