PORTLAND, Oregon (Ticker) -- Seven down, two to go.Tim Duncan scored five of his 36 points in overtime and also grabbed 15 rebounds as the San Antonio Spurs stretched their season-high winning streak to six games with a 116-111 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.
The Spurs improved to 6-1 on their nine-game road trip, the longest in franchise history. Things do not get any easier as San Antonio concludes its trek against the Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento Kings.
"We had a lot of guys step up tonight and this is a huge win," Duncan said. "It's a great way to start (the second half)."
The matchup of the league's hottest teams lived up to its billing. After forcing overtime on two free throws by Scottie Pippen with 1.3 seconds left, the Blazers took a 111-109 lead on Pippen's jumper with 1:39 remaining in the extra session.
But Portland allowed three shots on San Antonio's next possession, and the Spurs took advantage. Rookie Emanuel Ginobili's 3-pointer gave them a 112-111 lead with 42 seconds to go.
After Malik Rose blocked Pippen's drive, Tony Parker hit a pair from the line to make it 114-111 with 15 seconds left.
On Portland's next possession, Pippen lost control of the ball on a drive to the basket, but Duncan gave the Blazers another chance by missing two free throws with 10 seconds left.
Portland's hopes ended when Pippen missed a 3-pointer with five seconds remaining. Parker made two more from the line for the final margin.
"Both teams competed really well and I guess if it were to have continued, each team would have continued to make shots," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "Luckily, the clock ran out after we made some shots."
San Antonio, ranked 25th in the NBA in free-throw shooting, feasted at the line, making 34-of-39 attempts.
"It was a heck of a game," Portland coach Maurice Cheeks said. "Unfortunately, we had to lose it. It was a playoff atmosphere. I think this is how our games are going to be from now on."
Rasheed Wallace scored 25 points before fouling out for the Blazers, who lost for only the sixth time in their last 28 games.
"We just made some mistakes down the stretch of the game," Pippen said. "I thought we allowed them too many second-shot opportunities down the stretch and it was the difference in the game."
Duncan's jumper capped a 6-0 spurt that gave the Spurs a 95-89 lead with 4:51 left in regulation. However, Wallace scored six straight points for Portland, including a jumper that tied it at 100-100 with 61 seconds remaining.
Wallace had a chance to put the Blazers ahead in the final seconds of regulation but missed a 3-pointer from the right corner. Duncan was fouled by Pippen as he pulled down the rebound and hit both free throws to make it 102-100 with two seconds left.
Duncan gave the Blazers life by fouling Pippen on the inbounds pass. Pippen calmly hit both to force overtime as Rose missed a jumper from the right corner at the buzzer.
Parker scored 22 points and Rose added 21 for the Spurs, who shot 49 percent from the field (38-of-78) but attempted 20 less shots than the Blazers, who finished at just under 44 percent (43-of-98). Rose also grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds.
"Without Rose we would have been in trouble tonight," Popovich said. "He scored, he rebounded. He played a great player in Rasheed, and did a great job on him. You can't stop Rasheed, but he (Rose) did everything he could to stay with him."
Pippen contributed 19 points for Pprtland, but made just 7-of-20 shots.
The hotly contested game featured 16 ties and 23 lead changes. San Antonio had a 51-44 edge at intermission, but Portland took a 79-78 lead into the fourth quarter.
"The key tonight is we didn't get one defensive rebound that we needed and Ginobili hit that three," Cheeks said. "It was his only field goal of the night."
San Antonio center David Robinson was scratched before the game due to tightness in his right hip.
Portland's Bonzi Wells was ejected in the second quarter after picking up his second technical foul.
"In a nip and tuck game like this, you can't affort to lose anybody," Cheeks said. "It really hurt us to lose Bonzi early. We'll deal with it tomorrow."