PORTLAND, Oregon (AP)-Ã‚Â Nicolas Batum (Cameroon/France)Ã‚Â hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer and finished with 11 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists in theÃ‚Â Portland Trail Blazers’ 115-105 home-opening victory over theÃ‚Â San Antonio SpursÃ‚Â on Saturday night.
Batum is only the sixth player in Trail Blazers history to record at least three double-doubles with the Trail Blazers (Sidney Wicks, Bill Walton, Clyde Drexler, Terry Porter, Damon Stoudemire).
Damian LillardÃ‚Â had 25 points, seven assists and seven rebounds, andÃ‚Â LaMarcus AldridgeÃ‚Â added 24 points for the Blazers, who led by as many as 13 points.
Duncan sat out the Spurs’ 91-85 win Friday night against the Lakers after bruising his chest in Wednesday’s season-opening victory over Memphis. He had 24 points in the first loss this season for the Western Conference champions.
Portland has won five straight home openers.