SAN ANTONIO – Portland coach Terry Stotts is running out of adjectives and analogies to describe the San Antonio Spurs’ dominance in the second quarter.
Kawhi Leonard scored 20 points, Tony Parker had 16 points and 10 assists, and San Antonio rolled to a 114-97 victory over the Trail Blazers on Thursday night for a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.
After being struck by a “tidal wave” during the second quarter of the opener, Portland took on even more water in Game 2.
“The onslaught at the beginning of the second quarter was obviously the turning point in the game,” Stotts said.
Boris Diaw scored six straight points to ignite a 23-8 run that gave San Antonio a 54-36 lead with 7 minutes remaining in the first half.
The Spurs outscored the Trail Blazers 41-25 in the second quarter, raising their advantage to 77-48 in that period in winning the first two games of the best-of-seven series convincingly.
Nicolas Batum scored 21 points for the Trail Blazers. Damian Lillard had 19 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 16 points and 10 rebounds, but the Trail Blazers’ All-Star duo put up 43 shots.
Aldridge was 6-for-23, missing back-to-back dunks in the second quarter.
“We missed a lot of shots,” Aldridge said. “I definitely wasn’t in a good rhythm tonight. I missed two dunks and four or five layups, so if those shots go in, then the whole game is different.”
The Trail Blazers will host Game 3 on Saturday night.
Manu Ginobili added 16 points, Marco Belinelli scored 13 and Diaw had 12 as San Antonio’s reserves outscored Portland’s 50-19.
Making matters worse for the Trail Blazers, reserve Mo Williams was limited to 9 minutes due to a groin injury. He finished with four points.
“Our bench is coming alive,” Parker said. “They had a hard first round. They had a hard time against Dallas, but the last two games the bench is playing well.”
The Trail Blazers found a snake in their locker room before the game. A baby rattlesnake, estimated at about 1 to 1.2 meters, was discovered at the AT&T Center about two hours before the game.
It was found by reserve forward Thomas Robinson, who recoiled a few meters after seeing the snake when he moved a bag from his locker.
“I didn’t (see it),” Stotts said. “They said it was a young one.
“Well, it’s bizarre to have a venomous snake in your locker room. I don’t know if it’s ever happened before.” Heat 94, Nets 82
In Miami, LeBron James scored 22 points, Chris Bosh added 18 and the Heat took a 2-0 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series by beating the Brooklyn.
Dwyane Wade had 14 and Ray Allen scored 13 for the Heat, who tied a franchise record with their eighth straight playoff victory.
Mirza Teletovic set a Nets playoff record with six 3-pointers, on his way to a 20-point night off the bench. Shaun Livingston scored 15 and Paul Pierce added 13 for the Nets.
Game 3 is Saturday night in Brooklyn.