SAN ANTONIO — The Portland Trail Blazers handed the San Antonio Spurs their worst loss in the Tim Duncan era, winning by such a large margin that it stunned them almost as much as the Western Conference’s top team.
Damian Lillard had 35 points and nine assists and Portland routed San Antonio 136-106 on Friday night to set a record for the most points by an opponent at the AT&T Center and hand the Spurs their second-worst home loss ever.
“To come in here and win is hard enough," Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “To do it in that fashion is pretty remarkable."
LaMarcus Aldridge added 26 points and J.J. Hickson had 23 points and 11 rebounds for Portland. Eric Maynor added 20 points off the bench and Wesley Matthews had 15 points.
Tim Duncan had 18 points to lead the Spurs, who were playing their third straight game without Tony Parker. The Spurs’ All-Star point guard is expected to miss four weeks with a Grade 2 left ankle sprain.
“Of course," Lillard said when asked if it would have been different with Parker in the lineup. “He’s one of their best players. It would have been a completely different game. I might be more tired from chasing him around. But that doesn’t really matter, ’cause he didn’t play."
Perhaps it may not have been too different.
Lillard had 29 points, seven rebounds and six assists in Portland’s 98-90 win over Parker and the Spurs on Dec. 13 and he followed it with a similar performance Friday.
Lillard was 12 for 20 from the field and three for four on 3s while handing out six assists with no turnovers in 40 minutes.
“He was pretty special," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “He just bid his time in the first half. Aldridge was playing so well (in the first half). In the second half, Lillard just took over and we just couldn’t stop him."
San Antonio had difficulty keeping pace with Portland’s athleticism in losing for only the fourth time in 29 home games this season.
The Trail Blazers were 13 for 21 on 3-pointers and also shot 61 percent overall from the field to upend the Spurs, who entered the game with the league’s best record but dropped behind Miami (46-14).
“They had a great night shooting," Popovich said. “That’s a bad combination if they’re doing that and we’re playing poor defense. I can’t remember a night where we played that poorly and, at the same time, the other team shot the heck out of it. That’s going to make it tough."
Hickson and Aldridge dominated early, combining for 33 points and seven rebounds in the first half. Lillard scored 25 points in the second half as Portland outscored San Antonio 46-24 in the final quarter.
Also on Friday:
MIAMI — LeBron James scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Dwyane Wade added 22 points and Miami won again, pulling away late to beat Philadelphia for its 17th straight victory. The Heat matched the 12th-longest winning streak in NBA history and became the first team in the league to clinch a playoff spot this season.
LOS ANGELES — Kobe Bryant hit the tying 3-pointer with five seconds left in regulation, then dunked for the go-ahead basket with 10 seconds left in overtime, helping Los Angeles beat Toronto.
OAKLAND, Calif. — Chandler Parsons scored 26 points as Houston beat Golden State.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kevin Durant had 19 points and seven assists, and Oklahoma City defeated Charlotte for its fourth straight victory.
NEW YORK — Deron Williams made an NBA-record nine 3-pointers in the first half, finished with 11 and scored a season-high 42 points to lead Brooklyn past Washington.
ORLANDO, Fla. — Paul George had 25 points as Indiana used a big first half to roll past Orlando.
CLEVELAND — Marc Gasol scored 22 points and Memphis held off a late run for a win over Cleveland.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — O.J. Mayo scored 22 points and Dallas held on when Detroit missed a 3-pointer in the final seconds.
CHICAGO — Marco Belinelli made a 3-pointer with 5.9 seconds left to lift Chicago over Utah. Belinelli and Carlos Boozer had 22 points apiece for Chicago.
BOSTON — Jason Terry hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 35 seconds left in overtime, and Boston rallied after blowing a big lead in regulation against Atlanta.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Isaiah Thomas scored 27 points and Tyreke Evans had 25 as Sacramento topped Phoenix.