The San Antonio Spurs clinched the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference after Monday’s 124-89 dismantling of the Portland Trail Blazers at AT&T Center.
Tim Duncan and Danny Green led the Spurs with 18 points as San Antonio (48-16) locked down the West’s top playoff spot and extended its winning streak to eight.
Duncan went 8-of-13 from the floor and played 26 minutes in his return after resting in Sunday’s win over Cleveland.
Green played lights out for the Spurs, shooting a perfect 6-6 from the field, 4-4 from downtown and hitting two free throws. He had 15 first-half points.
Tony Parker scored 13 points, Steve Jackson and Gary Neal had 12 and James Anderson added 11.
San Antonio moved two games ahead of No. 2 Oklahoma City Thunder (46-18) and secured home-court advantage in the playoffs.
Wesley Matthews finished with a game-high 24 points and J.J. Hickson posted his seventh double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Trail Blazers.
Portland (28-37) has now dropped six in a row, matching its Nov. 20-Dec. 3, 2010 performance last season.
San Antonio’s offense, which shot 59% from the floor, was just too much for Portland. The Spurs pounded the ball inside for a 52-42 edge and held a 31-25 fast-break advantage.
Former Trail Blazer Patty Mills knocked down a pair of threes to give San Antonio a 118-81 lead in the fourth. He ended with nine points.
Raymond Felton returned for Portland after missing three games with family issues and scored 13 points. Nolan Smith had 10.
Smith’s jumper helped the Trail Blazers go on a 6-2 run in the third to cut a 27-point deficit to 21 before going into the fourth down 91-65.
Tiago Splitter’s layup extended the Spurs’ lead to 19 in the second quarter.
Portland responded with threes from Luke Babbitt and Jonny Flynn to complete a 10-0 run and pull within nine.
But the Spurs turned up the pressure before halftime to extend their lead back 63-41.
Neal hit three free throws at the line after being fouled by Felton on a three-point attempt in the closing seconds of the half.
San Antonio outscored Portland 31-18 in the first quarter.
The Spurs shot 60% in the opening quarter. Neal’s three put San Antonio up by 17 before ending the first with a 13-point lead. Neal suffered shoulder/neck injury in the third after running into a screen by Kurt Thomas.
The Trail Blazers will cap a three-game road trip and finish the season in Utah (34-30) as they take on the Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena on Thursday. Action tips off at 5PM.