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    September 8, 2017 6:20 AM +0430

    PORTLAND, Ore. Duke Riley Jersey . - Nicolas Batum had a simple question for his Portland teammates: "Why not us?" No other team has come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a playoff series. But the Trail Blazers took the first step Monday night by beating the San Antonio Spurs 103-92 to stave off elimination and narrow the Western Conference semifinal series to 3-1. "Why not us? No, its never been done before," Batum said. "We know its going to be tough. It wont be easy, especially against this team. The French forward had 14 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists and pestered fellow countryman Tony Parker all night. Damian Lillard had 25 points to lead the Blazers, who won their first second-round playoff game since a victory over Utah in the 2000 conference semifinals. "We had nothing to lose tonight. We had no pressure. It was do or die," Batum said. "So we just go out there and play." Portland held Parker to 14 points after he had scored 29 points or more in three of his last four playoff games. Coach Gregg Popovich sat Parker and Tim Duncan after Portland built a 20-point lead in the final quarter. The Spurs are looking to advance to the conference finals for the third straight season. Game 5 is Wednesday night in San Antonio. "The energy was weird tonight," Parker said. "You have to give a lot of credit to Portland. They played great. They came out of the gates and I thought Batum was great tonight. He gave them a big boost." The Blazers were the last team to take a series to seven games after dropping the first three. Portland rebounded in the first round against Dallas in 2003, but ultimately lost the deciding game in the first-round series. The Blazers have been hurt by the loss of backup point guard Mo Williams to a groin injury for the past two games. Williams provided both energy and points off the bench all season in relief of Lillard. Portland got just six points off the bench in Game 3, but Will Barton provided a spark with 17 points on Monday night. Barton became the first Blazer with 17 points and six rebounds off the bench in a playoff game since Brian Grant in 2000 against Utah. "Any time you get a boost off the bench its always good for a momentum swing," San Antonios Danny Green said. "When he comes in and gets the crowd into it, they pretty much get it going, and it helped them a lot. " Coach Terry Stotts promised that the Blazers would play with pride in Game 4 and they did from the start. Lillards pull up jumper gave Portland a 14-8 lead. He extended it to 20-14 with a layup. But the Spurs answered with a 9-2 run and took a 24-23 lead on Patty Mills 3-pointer. Portland, which had only led twice in the previous three games, quickly reclaimed the lead and held on until Tiago Splitter tied it at 46 with a free throw. The Blazers had a 50-48 lead at the half. "I though with the way Nico (Batum) played, the game came a lot easier," Lillard said. "He was attacking, making plays. He was pushing the ball." Lillard opened the second half with a 3-pointer. Batum hit a 3 and added a free throw to push the lead to 69-61. Batum added another 3 before Thomas Robinsons dunk and Lillards 3 made it 77-63 to cap a 12-2 Portland run. Lillards layup put Portland ahead 90-72 in the fourth quarter. He added another to make it 94-74. "If they lost today it was a sweep, but theyve got pride and they played good," Manu Ginobili said. "They played the game more desperately than we did. We didnt bring the same emotions the first three games. The bottom line is they played better than us in every aspect of the game. Parker scored 29 points in San Antonios 118-103 Game 3 victory on Saturday night. The Spurs had routed the Blazers 116-92 in the series opener after their grueling seven-game series against the Mavericks, then built a 20-point lead and won Game 2, 114-97. NOTES: Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll watched the game sitting next to Paul Allen, the Microsoft co-founder who owns both the Super Bowl-winning Seahawks and the Blazers. ... It was Batums first double-double in the playoffs. ... It was Portlands first playoff victory against the Spurs since May 1, 1993, in the first round. Sean Harlow Falcons Jersey . Pierre last November, only to watch St. Pierre leave the UFC octagon with his welterweight title belt and a split-decision victory. Takkarist McKinley Jersey . - Defensive end-linebacker Mike Neal apparently is returning to the Packers.The St. Louis Blues continue to hold down top spot in the TSN.ca NHL Power Rankings. The Blues reclaimed the number one ranking last week, then won all three of their games to stay ahead of the surging Los Angeles Kings and the falling San Jose Sharks and Chicago Blackhawks. Moving up, from nine to five, the Vancouver Canucks are ripping through December, winning all seven games this month, thanks in part to stellar goaltending, as Roberto Luongo has a .962 save percentage in his last five games. Making the same four-spot jump as the Canucks, the Anaheim Ducks are up, from 10 to six, as it has been eight games since the Ducks suffered a regulation defeat. Also climbing, the Phoenix Coyotes go from 12 to nine, though some of that is merely overtaking Pittsburgh and Boston teams that have been ravaged by injuries. The Bruins fell, from eight to 11, because of injuries decimating their lineup and certainly not for winning four of their last five. Four wins in the past dozen games knocked the Minnesota Wild down to 12, from seven; they also scored three goals in three games last week. Winnless in five, while scoring a total of five goals, the Detroit Red Wings slipped from 14 to 17 and the Columbus Blue Jackets sunk from 20 to 27, despite going 4-1-1 in their last six, because they are down to their third-string goaltender after injuries hit Sergei Bobrovsky and Curtis McElhinney. Duke Riley Falcons Jersey. Across Canada, the Montreal Canadiens slid a couple of spots, to seven; the Winnipeg Jets lost a couple places, to 18 and the Toronto Maple Leafs are up a couple from 21 to 19 after Joffrey Lupul returned and they surprised the Chicago Blackhawks Saturday night. The Ottawa Senators cant make consistent progress, yet managed to move from 23 to 20 as injuries knocked some teams below them in this weeks rankings. The Calgary Flames may have fired their general manager, but they have been playing better lately, so they keep climbing from 24 to 22, staying one spot ahead of the Edmonton Oilers. Scott Cullen can be reached at cott.Cullen@bellmedia.ca">Scott.Cullen@bellmedia.ca and followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tsnscottcullen. For more, check out TSN Fantasy on Facebook. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys ChinaCheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '