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PORTLAND, Ore. Terrell Suggs Jersey . —A win is a win to
the Trail Blazers. Portland faced the San Antonio Spurs, playing without resting
stars Tim Duncan and Tony Parker, and led by as many as 48 points on the way to
a 137-97 victory. “It still counts, right?” said LaMarcus Aldridge, among six
Blazers who had with 16 points or more. Jamal Crawford scored 20 points,
shooting 5 for 7 on three-pointers, and had eight assists. Gerald Wallace and
Nicolas Batum each had 19 points before Portland sat its starters for most of
the fourth quarter. Kawhi Leonard had 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead the
Spurs, who saw the end to 11-game overall winning streak and an eight-game
streak on the road. San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said before the game that
he was resting Parker and Duncan because the Spurs were playing three games in
four nights. Parker, who had not missed a game this season, is averaging 19.5
points per game, while Duncans averaging 19.9 points and 8.6 rebounds. 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.
Brazilian forward Tiago Splitter was also out for a second straight game with a
right calf strain. “It would be great if I would still be able to play Manu and
Tiago tonight and still rest Tony and Tim, but thats not the case,” Popovich
said. “Those guys are out, but I cant run our guys into the ground when its time
for them to rest based on the schedule and the time theyve been playing. “Thats
whats going to happen if you want to put some money in the bank for later.” The
Spurs are on 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. The team was coming off a 106-102 victory at Utah on Monday
night. They travel to Denver on Thursday for their final game before the
All-Star break. In addition to Leonard, San Antonio also started rookie guard
Corey Joseph, who had five points. Danny Green finished with 16 points. The
Spurs had not lost by 40 or more points since March 5, 1997, when they fell
111-69 at Chicago. The Blazers were also playing the second of a back-to-back,
after a tough 103-92 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. In the loss, the Blazers
had just seven points in the first quarter. Against the Spurs, they had 41. “We
needed to get back on track, we needed to bounce back from that loss that we had
and we did it tonight,” Aldridge said. Blazers coach Nate McMillan warned his
team not to get too caught up in who wasnt on the floor for the Spurs.
“Sometimes it can be a letdown. For our guys, as I told them, its not about the
team or who is out, we need to play the game,” he said. “I thought they did.
They went out, stayed focused, and played the game the right way.” McMillan
tinkered with his starting lineup, starting Crawford at the point rather than
Raymond Felton. Crawford started a game for the Blazers earlier this season but
is normally a reserve. He won the NBAs Sixth Man award for the 2009-10 season
while with Atlanta. Felton has struggled this season, and had just nine points
against the Lakers. He finished with 16 against the Spurs. Coming off the bench,
Felton hit two straight three-pointers that put the Blazers up 35-20. He added
another one to put Portland up 41-23 at the end of the first quarter. It was the
most points the Blazers scored in a quarter all season. Aldridge hit a layup
that made it 53-32, and Crawford sank a three-pointer that sent Portland to the
break with a 66-43 lead. Batums three-pointer made it 88-55 and it was never a
contest. Luke Babbitt made a three-pointer that gave the Blazers a 120-75 lead
with 7:11 left, but many fans had departed long before then. Wesley Matthews,
who finished with 11 points, left the game early in the fourth quarter with a
mild left ankle sprain. “One loss isnt going to do anything to us so were just
going to keep moving on,” Leonard said. NOTES: Aldridge has a cameo in this
weeks episode of “Portlandia,” the IFC channels comedy about life in the Rose
City. Aldridge appears with director Penny Marshall. ... Portland gets an
extended rest over the all-star break and doesnt play again until Feb. 29, when
the team visits Denver. ... The last time the Blazers had six players with at
least 16 points was Dec. 20, 1992 against Golden State at the Memorial Coliseum.
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Marlies relied on three of their biggest names for a win on Saturday
night.CLEVELAND—Vinnie Pestano took advantage of his chance to save a
Cleveland Indians win. With All-Star closer Chris Perez unavailable and the
Indians entering with a six-game losing streak, Pestano went from his role as
setup man to get the final four outs and save a 4-3 win over the Texas Rangers
on Saturday night. “A little extra work never hurt anybody,” Pestano said after
his first save of the season and fourth of his career. The win was Clevelands
sixth in 34 games since July 27 and came with Perez not even at the ballpark. He
was with his wife Melanie, who delivered a baby girl earlier in the day. “The
bullpen was terrific,” Indians manager Manny Acta said. “To stop these guys is
huge. At any moment (the Rangers) can turn around the score.” Acta said he had
no worries about putting Pestano in to pitch in the eighth inning with two outs
and a runner on first. “He was the best guy out there to stop the losing
streak,” Acta said. “We had to take care of the game today.” The Indians are
just 12-36 since the All-Star break, with losing streaks of 11, nine and six
games. Texas entered with a four-game lead in the AL West over Oakland and lost
for just the fifth time in 16 games. “Its not always the best team that wins,
its the team that plays the best,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said. “They
put four runs on us in the first inning and they made it stand up.”
Jeanmar Gomez (5-7) gave up three runs and four hits over 5 2-3 innings in his
first start for Cleveland since June. He was recalled from Triple-A Columbus on
Wednesday. Cleveland tagged Scott Feldman (6-11) early and improved to 42-24
when scoring four or more runs. Carlos Santana had a two-run single before
Casey Kotchman and Jack Hannahan each had RBI groundouts in the first inning for
the 4-0 lead. “We had a lot of quality at-bats that inning,” Acta said. “Then we
allowed Feldman to get into a groove and he was dropping his breaking ball over
the plate.” Feldman pitched shutout ball for his last five innings, but fell to
0-5 in five starts since Aug. 5. “It was a nightmare first inning there,”
Feldman said. “They came out swinging and it seemed like everythhing they swung
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too deep a hole.” David Murphy hit his 12th homer leading off the third for the
Rangers first hit. He walked to open the fifth and scored on a sacrifice fly by
Mitch Moreland to make it 4-2. Adrian Beltres 26th homer with two outs in the
sixth made it 4-3 and finished Gomez. Gomez opened the season in Clevelands
rotation and was 1-1 with a 2.35 ERA in four April starts before struggling and
being sent to Columbus on June 24. “He had a good sinker, good two-seam
fastball, but the third time through the lineup, they started getting to him a
little,” Acta said. Elvis Andrus hit safely against Cleveland for the 28th
straight game, setting a Rangers record for a hitting streak against one team.
Ivan Rodriguez had hit in 27 straight against Tampa Bay in 1998-2000. Andrus
extended the streak in his final at-bat in strange fashion. He took a big cut at
a pitch from Rogers and sent a weak dribbler that hugged the third base line. It
rolled foul at one point, weaved back into fair territory and Andrus laughed as
he reached first base when the ball stopped at the third base bag. Gomez started
in place of Roberto Hernandez, out with a sprained right ankle. Hernandez left a
start Monday because of the injury and tweaked it during fielding practice on
Thursday. He will wear a protective boot for at least a week. Cleveland also was
without All-Star shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, a late lineup scratch with a sore
right wrist. Cabrera came in on defence in the ninth. Notes: Russ Canzler,
called up from Triple-A Columbus, went 2 for 4 as the DH in his Indians debut.
... Texas manager Ron Washington said he will try and get some playing time for
prospect Jurickson Profar. When he does debut, the 19-year-old infielder will
become the youngest Rangers player since C Ivan Rodriguez, also at age 19 in
1991. ... Washington wants to give Andrus some rest and used him as the DH.
Andrus has missed only four games, starting 123 at shortstop. ... Cabrera has
hit .103 over his past 11 games and .242 in the second half. ... Fans cheered as
a member of the U.S. Navy Leapfrog team parachuted into the ballpark with the
American flag during the national anthem. ’ ’ ’ 

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