SAN ANTONIO — Make that eight consecutive wins for the Spurs.

DeMar DeRozan scored 21 points and six other San Antonio players finished in double figures, leading the Silver and Black to a 108-103 victory against the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night at the AT&T Center.

The Spurs (41-29) have won 10 in a row at home, where they are 28-7 this season. The Silver and Black continue their four-game homestand Monday night against defending NBA champion Golden State.

The Blazers (42-27) had won their last three games before running into a surging San Antonio team that hasn't lost since falling to Brooklyn 101-85 in the last game of its annual Rodeo Road Trip on Feb. 25.

"I think we worked hard for 48 minutes," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "We were up, we were down, but we just kept playing. They understand that it's a long night. Every NBA game is available to everybody.

"There are so many teams that are so similar that continue to work through those 48 (minutes) and can bear some fruit. So we stuck with it, played against a well-coached and well-executed team."

Reserve forward Davis Bertans nailed a three-pointer with 5:55 left to break an 86-86 tie and put the Spurs ahead to stay. Patty Mills missed a three-pointer after Portland trimmed San Antonio's lead to 89-88 on two free throws by Damian Lillard with 5:19 left in the period.

But the Blazers squandered the possession when Mills intercepted an errant pass by Portland center Jusuf Nurkic and passed to Bryn Forbes, who completed a three-point play after scoring on a fast-break layup. Forbes' basket and subsequent free throw put the Spurs up 92-88 with 4:45 left.

BKN Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge contests a shot by Blazers forward Maurice Harkless
Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge, left, contests a shot by Portland forward Maurice Harkless in Saturday night's game at the AT&T Center.
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"I just found an opening, really, and Patty made a great play," Forbes said. "He took that extra dribble to draw the defender in and then kicked it to me, and all I saw was daylight. So it worked out." 

Nurkic scored on a tip layup to make it 92-90 but Bertans sank three free throws after getting fouled on a three-point shot attempt, giving the Silver and Black a five-point cushion.

A dunk by Nurkic made it a three-point game, but then Forbes took a pass from DeRozan and drained a three-pointer to give the Spurs a 98-92 lead with 3:06 remaining.

"Just keep shooting the ball," Forbes said, when asked what his mindset was in the fourth quarter. "That's what Pop always tells me. Shoot the ball. Don't think about it. Just trying to be as perfect as I can, especially on the defensive end. I think that's what really did it for us -- the defensive end on the stretch."

With the shot clock winding down on the San Antonio possession following Forbes' three-pointer, point guard Derrick White hit a 23-foot jumper to put the Silver and Black ahead 100-92 with 2:11 left. The Spurs never led by less than seven points until Seth Curry nailed a three-pointer as the clock ran out.

The Spurs have risen to the top of the league in scoring defense during their winning streak, allowing 99.8 points per 100 possessions.

"It's been great," DeRozan said. "We got to keep it up, continue to be consistent. We got to be able to lean on our defensive effort every single night before our offense, and that's what we've been doing."

BKN Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan shooting against the Blazers
Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan had 21 points, eight rebounds and three assists in Saturday night's 108-103 home win over the Portland Trail Blazers.
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White and Rudy Gay scored 13 points each and LaMarcus Aldridge and Mills had 12 apiece. Forbes (11) and Marco Belinelli (11) rounded out the Silver and Black's double-digit scoring.

DeRozan and Aldridge led the Spurs under the boards with eight rebounds each. Center Jakob Poeltl finished with five blocks for the second straight night, tying his career high again. Aldridge was also a force defensively, blocking three shots.

"Well, he is a young guy," Popovich said of Poeltl. "He is going to get more comfortable as he gets more minutes. It's just a natural progression."

Lillard finished with 34 points and Nurkic added 24. Lillard scored 25 points in the second half, hitting 10 of 18 shots, including 2 of 5 three-pointers.

CJ McCollum, the Blazers' other outstanding guard, finished with 10 points before sustaining a leg injury in the third quarter. McCollum was carried off the court after getting injured and did not return to the game. The injury occurred when he had a layup blocked by Poeltl.

"I went up for a layup, a left-handed layup, and the big fella (Poeltl) blocked it and landed on my foot and kind of trapped my foot on the ground," McCollum said. "I felt my knee kind of twist. I was in some pain."

The X-rays taken at the AT&T Center were negative, McCollum said. He will have an MRI on Sunday.

BKN Spurs center Jakob Poeltl blocks a shot by Blazers guard CJ McCollum
Spurs center Jakob Poeltl blocks a shot by Blazers guard CJ McCollum in Saturday night's game at the AT&T Center.
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The Spurs shot 46.8 percent overall (37-79) and 47.1 percent (8-17) from the three-point line. Portland was 41.6 percent (42-101) from the field and made 7 of 28 three-pointers for 25 percent. 

Led by Lillard, Portland outscored San Antonio 26-24 in the third quarter to take a 76-72 lead into the fourth period. Lillard heated up in the third quarter, scoring 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting, including 2 of 3 three-pointers. 

Mills hit a three-pointer to put the Spurs up by 11 (35-24) with 8:20 left in the second quarter, but the Blazers ended the half on a 26-13 run to lead 50-48 at the break.

Nurkic and McCollum led Portland's first-half scoring with 12 and 10 points, respectively. DeRozan had 14 points to lead the Silver and Black.

The Spurs shot 45 percent overall (18-40) and 42.9 percent (3-7) from the three-point line. The Blazers hit 20 of 48 field-goal attempts for 41.7 percent, and were 3 of 13 from beyond the arc (23.1 percent).

DeRozan nailed a 20-foot jumper just before the buzzer to put San Antonio up 23-21 after one quarter. DeRozan (12) and Aldridge (9) had 21 of the Spurs' 23 points in the opening period.

"I thought it was a really good basketball game," Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. "Both teams really defended hard, played hard. We had good performances, but I thought it was a good effort on our part.

"We just had so me fouls at the end. The foul on Bertans' three, I thought that really changed the momentum of the game. We just couldn't get over it after that."