It feels like the San Antonio Spurs are short-handed every night and somehow find a way to win anyway.

That wasn't the case in Portland as the Spurs lost to the Trail Blazers 111-110 as a LaMarcus Aldridge game-winner failed to go down at the buzzer.

Aldridge also missed two free throws late in the 4th quarter that would've changed the way the end of the game played out.

In his return to his former stomping grounds, LaMarcus put up a game-high 30 points but it was Manu Ginobili's 26 that had Spurs fans buzzing.

Manu became just the fifth player in NBA history to score 25+ points after turning 40. The other four: Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Robert Parish, and John Stockton.

It looked like the Spurs had taken control when they opened up a 12-point lead in the 3rd quarter but the Blazers worked to tie the game before the quarter ended and even led by seven late in the 4th.

The Spurs had their opportunities to take further control of the game but missed a few open shots and some free throws, ultimately dooming them to a one-point loss and a 27-14 record through the first half of the season.

The Spurs play again on Monday night in Sacramento.