TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Damian Lillard helped Portland surge forward in the third quarter. CJ McCollum done the job in the closing minutes.
McCollum scored seven of his 23 aspects in the ultimate two minutes and the Trudge Blazers beat the Toronto Raptors 122-117 on Sunday night.
Lillard had 22 aspects and 11 assists for the Blazers, who took expose of their third straight internet — all on the road — by holding Toronto to 10 aspects in the third quarter.
“I realizing we did a unbiased job on their two guys a lot of the night, however we couldn’t internet by that dry quarter,” Raptors coach Chop Nurse said. “The largest thing was the turnovers. We couldn’t moderately style out the physicality.”
Pascal Siakam done with 26 aspects and eight rebounds, and Fred VanVleet added 20 aspects and eight assists for Toronto, which lost for the 11th time in 12 games. The Raptors shot 4 for 22 with 5 turnovers in the third quarter.
The game was performed three days after the alternate closing date transfer whereby the Raptors despatched Norman Powell to the Blazers for Gary Trent Jr. and Rodney Hood.
Lillard, who sat out Friday night’s internet at Orlando with a left knee contusion, joined Powell in Portland’s three-guard starting up lineup, which didn’t internet a protracted behold..
“Norman bought two like a flash fouls and we handiest performed about four minutes in that stretch with that neighborhood,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said. “But we’ll play that lineup. It’s factual a matter of when and the establish aside and what the matchups are.”
Derrick Jones Jr., bumped from the lineup, scored Portland’s ultimate seven aspects of the first half, however Hood’s 3-pointer at the buzzer gave Toronto a 74-68 halftime edge.
Jones done with 16 aspects and three rebounds in 21 minutes.
“He if truth be told had an impact on the game in he 2d half,” Stotts said.
The Raptors led 82-75 when Siakam scored on a quick jumper with 6: 27 left in the third quarter. But Toronto was held scoreless for virtually six minutes.
“We felt like a if truth be told unbiased protection in that third quarter. We had been available communicating and dealing issues out. It was unbiased to own (Powell) available,” said Lillard. “In general, we raze effectively with three-guard lineups, and he’s a physical guard.”
A buy and a dunk by Powell set the Blazers forward 83-82, and Lillard scored seven aspects in a 16-2 bustle that closed the third quarter with Portland leading 91-84.
VanVleet led a wearisome rally that bought the Raptors inside one with 2: 28 left, however McCollum answered with a jumper, a runner and a 3-point play.
“We’ve bought to internet a shut sport in some unspecified time in the future,” VanVleet said, “however they’ve bought two guys that would possibly shut the game for them.”
Blazers: Powell scored 13 aspects in 27 minutes in his 2d Portland start. … Robert Covington made the game’s first 3-pointer with 6: 01 left in the first quarter, and each and each groups made two 3-pointers in the next 48 seconds. … F Nassir Runt omitted the game with an injured thumb.
Raptors: G Kyle Lowry was out with a sore correct foot. … F DeAndre Bembry and G Paul Watson Jr. omitted a 2d sport as a result of the COVID protocol.
Blazers: Play at Detroit on Wednesday night.
Raptors: Play at Detroit on Monday night.
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