SAN ANTONIO The Portland Trail Blazers knew they caught a break: Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili were too hurt to play, and Tony Parker was a surprise late scratch, too.
Portland took advantage. Yet, it still wasnt easy.
Andre Miller scored 26 points and the Blazers, who trailed late despite San Antonio playing without four starters, rallied in the final minutes to hand the slumping and banged-up Spurs their fourth consecutive loss, 100-92 on Monday night.
It was a trap game once we got to the arena, Blazers coach Nate McMillan said.
The Blazers beat the NBAs winningest team for the second time in three days, this time with Parker, Ginobili, Duncan and Antonio McDyess all sidelined. Parker (left knee contusion) is the most likely to be back Thursday against Boston, and McDyess (back) could also play after the 36-year-old essentially got the night off to rest for the playoffs.
Duncan (ankle sprain) and Ginobili (left quad contusion) are the question marks. Ginobili, who left Sundays loss at Memphis early after being hurt, said he felt much better while jogging past reporters before the game. But his status and Duncans remain unknown.
Gerald Wallace added 14 points for Portland and hit a crucial 3-pointer with 2:02 left, capping a quick 7-0 burst that put the Blazers back ahead. It was the finishing touch on a 15-1 run after letting the undermanned Spurs lead by as much as eight in the fourth.
We aint going to throw it out, because if we would have lost, we wouldve looked back like they didnt have their players and that was a game we needed, Miller said. So were trying to finish off and get some momentum going into the playoffs.
They also needed it to help their playoff jockeying. The Blazers (43-31) kept their hold on sixth place and are 1½ games behind Denver for fifth.
The Spurs, meanwhile, are slipping.
George Hill led San Antonio with 27 points. The Spurs are on their longest slide all season, and their once-commanding lead in the West is shrinking with the Los Angeles Lakers surging.
San Antonio had a seven-game lead over the Lakers a week ago. But after the Spurs lost on all three stops on a road trip, and returned home to host the Blazers short-handed, the Lakers trail by just 3½ games.
The Spurs (57-17) have eight games left.
Its life. You have to deal with it and figure out how to get better, Hill said. No ones hanging their head or thinking were not as good as weve been all year.
Wesley Matthews scored 19 points, and Nicolas Batum had 10 points and 13 rebounds for the Blazers. Portland led throughout the first half, but lost the lead late in the third quarter when Danny Green hit a 3-pointer.
Green who had played all of 14 minutes this season followed by stealing the ball from Brandon Roy and coasting in for a wide-open dunk. After trailing by seven at halftime, the Spurs entered the fourth quarter ahead 72-67.
But Portland pulled together. Miller scored 11 points in the fourth while the Spurs missed seven of 10 3-point attempts, shooting themselves out of the game.