Jerryd Bayless scored a career-high 31 points in his first start for injured All-Star Brandon Roy, leading the hobbled Portland Trail Blazers to a 98-94 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night.
But Portland still managed to win its third straight, all on the road, and now return home where Roy will have his sore left shoulder examined.
Tim Duncan had 24 points for the Spurs, who have struggled against stiff competition this season. San Antonio is 2-10 against teams with winning records.
LaMarcus Aldridge added 22 points for Portland.
Roy, who is averaging 22.2 points, sat out for the first time this season. But his backup made up for his missing production, and then some.
Making his first career start, Bayless finished 10 for 24 from the field. None of his shots were bigger than his 3-pointer with 2:04 left, giving the Trail Blazers a nine-point lead they would need to hold off a late Spurs run.
Duncan's layup with 27.4 seconds left cut it to 96-94. Bayless missed a long jumper the next time down, but the Spurs couldn't corral the rebound and Andre Miller sank two free throws to seal the victory.
Bayless entered the game averaging 7.5 points. But the second-year guard had his second big night in five games after scoring 29 in a win over Phoenix last week.
Juwan Howard had 12 points and 12 rebounds in his first start of the season, replacing Przybilla.
Banged-up Portland can use all the help it can get. Przybilla was playing in place of Greg Oden, who had a season-ending left knee injury earlier this month.
Given the injury woes, the league granted Portland a hardship exemption last week that allowed the Trail Blazers to sign a 16th player. McMillan said the team likely would explore getting another exemption.
NOTES: Spurs F Matt Bonner has begun practicing with his left, non-shooting hand while his broken right one continues to heal. San Antonio's leading 3-point shooter injured the hand last week against Indiana and is expected to miss about a month.
Source: AP News