Tony Parker stayed hot from his 32 point performance in Game 7 vs Dallas and scored 13 points in the first quarter of Game 1 vs the Blazers and finished with a game high 33 points (12 when guarded by Lillard) and 9 assists.
“He’s been doing that for a lot of years,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “It’s nothing different. He’s the guy that’s our attack guy. (He) creates for everybody and starts the offense. He’s also played very good defense this year and most people don’t really see that.”
The 54 points Parker was responsible for was the most in a game all season but it was the Spurs defense in the 116-92 win that was the main reason for the win. The Blazers shot 21% in the first quarter and only scored 3 points on the run.
“I think Game 7 (against Dallas) gave us a lot of confidence for our team,” Parker said. “I think team wise we played our best game in Game 7. I think tonight was a little bit of the same thing. Defensively, it was one of our best games because Portland has a lot of shooters, a lot of scorers.”