Basketball

Bayless lifts short-handed Blazers

SAN ANTONIO - Brandon Roy sat out with a bothersome shoulder. Joel Przybilla, one night after following Greg Oden to the mounting list of injured Trail Blazers, was back in Portland.

Nonetheless, the depleted Trail Blazers kept on winning.

Jerryd Bayless scored a career-high 31 points in his first start for Roy, and the hobbled Trail Blazers, using two new starters, beat the San Antonio Spurs 98-94 on Wednesday night for their third straight win — all on the road.

“Even with Brandon and with all these injuries — and we need Brandon back — I think we can still win games,” Bayless said.

Since Oden was lost for the season Dec. 5 in a win over Houston, Portland is 7-4. And they’re now 2-0 with no center at all, after Przybilla ruptured a patella tendon in his right leg in a victory at Dallas on Tuesday night.

“You talk about resiliency with a group,” Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan said. “There’s no words. I’m so happy for this group.”

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