Kyle Anderson and Jarrell Eddie led the way as the San Antonio Spurs overcame a terrible shooting performance to knock off the Portland Trail Blazers 79-75 on Tuesday in Las Vegas, Nevada.
San Antonio was just 26-for-70 from the floor (37.1 percent), but made up for it by getting to the free-throw line 28 times and forcing 23 turnovers.
Anderson totaled 19 points on 5-for-14 shooting from the floor and 9-for-12 from the free-throw line. he added four rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots. Eddie registered 16 points on 6-for-13 shooting from the field with five rebounds. Jonathan Simmons chipped in with 12 points and two assists.
Noah Vonleh and Malcolm Thomas did most of the damage for Portland in the loss. Vonleh had 20 points on 60 percent shooting from the floor and 7-for-8 from the charity stripe with eight rebounds while Thomas managed 15 points on 6-for-6 shooting from the field off the bench.
The starting back court of Tim Frazier and Allen Crabbe also made some nice contributions as the Blazers fell to 1-2 in Las Vegas. Frazier had eight points, eight assists and three rebounds while Crabbe ended up with 15 points on 7-for-13 shooting from the floor.
Daniel Orton added seven points, three blocks, two rebounds and two assists while Pat Connaughton chipped in with eight points and seven rebounds.
Even though his stats weren’t huge, Brandon Davies had a very solid performance for the Spurs in the win over the Trail Blazers. He finished with four points on 2-for-5 shooting from the floor to go along with four rebounds, two assists and a steal in 19:27.
His first basket of the game came on a pull up jumper midway through the second quarter on a pass from Treveon Graham. His second basket came in much more dynamic fashion as he hit the offensive glass for a huge put back dunk to give the Spurs a 5-point lead in the fourth quarter.
So far this summer, Davies is averaging 4.1 points on 46.4 percent shooting from the floor, including 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 100 percent from the free-throw line. He has also managed 2.9 rebounds and nearly an assist in 14.9 minutes a game split between the Orlando Magic and the Spurs
Up next for Davies and the Spurs is a bye before the face off against the winner of the Brooklyn Nets and the Philadelphia 76ers.