Blazers beat Spurs to reach summer league semifinals




LAS VEGAS — Jake Layman scored a game-high 23 points as the 16th-seeded Portland Trail Blazers beat No. 6-seed San Antonio Spurs 94-87 in the Las Vegas Summer League quarterfinals at Thomas & Mack Center on Saturday.

The Trail Blazers never trailed after taking a 37-34 lead just before halftime on a R.J. Hunter’s three-pointer.

The lead would stretch to as many as 12 points before the Spurs battled back to close the third quarter tied, 65-65.

But Portland went on a decisive 16-4 run over a five-minute stretch of the fourth quarter, taking its largest lead of the game at 92-78 on a Layman dunk with 1:34 remaining to put the Spurs away.

Layman also had seven rebounds, as the Blazers outrebounded the Spurs 48-31. Portland also forced 20 turnovers.

Caleb Swanigan had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Blazers (4-2). Hunter matched those 16 points, adding five assists. Jorge Gutierrez had 10 points and four steals.

Derrick White led San Antonio (3-2) with 20 points and five rebounds off the bench. Bryn Forbes finishing with 13 points on 2-of-8 shooting from the field. Olivier Hanlan had 11 points.

Portland plays the undefeated Memphis Grizzlies in the semifinals Sunday. Memphis needed double overtime to beat the Miami Heat 98-95 in their quarterfinal. Former Oregon Ducks standout Dillon Brooks scored 14 points off the bench for the Grizzlies.