The Portland Trail Blazers were this close to making it eight consecutive times they have beaten the San Antonio Spurs in Portland, but the Spurs decided to go on a 14-0 run to start the fourth quarter and that ultimately carried them to a 112-109 victory. With the Spurs (7-1) up 111-109 with 12 seconds left in the game, the Trail Blazers (2-4) designed a play for Nicolas Batum to come off of a curl screen and make a play. Batum got a clean look and took a three-pointer that hit the back iron. In fact, the look was so clean that he could have attempted a drive, but he instead went for the win. The Trail Blazers would have another opportunity to at least tie the game, but without a timeout, a desperation three by LaMarcus Aldridge was all they could get. "Right after the game, I looked at the replay and I should have drove to the basket or took a closer shot," Batum said. "When I saw what good screens they set, I had it in my mind I was taking the three. I shouldn't have."