Blazers beat Raptors in OT for 6th straight win
PORTLAND 118, TORONTO 110 (OT)
TORONTO (AP) -- A steady hand and cool demeanor helped Damian
Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers.
Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge each scored 25 points, Nicolas
Batum added a season-high 24, and the Trail Blazers won their
sixth straight with a 118-110 victory over the Toronto Raptors
Lillard was 3 for 3 from the floor in the extra period as the
Blazers escaped after blowing a 17-point lead in regulation.
"We didn't have a reason to be all riled up," Lillard said.
"They played well getting back into the game. I think we were
calm because we knew what we needed to do to win the game and we
were able to get that done."
Rudy Gay forced overtime with a buzzer-beating layup and tied a
season high with 30 points to go with 10 rebounds. DeMar DeRozan
scored 29 points and Jonas Valanciunas added a season-high 19.
"The overtime we played well, especially defensively," Portland
coach Terry Stotts said. "I was proud of the way we competed in
overtime, made plays and got the win."
The Blazers made a season-high 15 3-pointers, finishing 15 for
32 from beyond the arc. Toronto made just three.
"It's tough when they're knocking down shots like that," Gay
said. "No matter how much we rotate, move it around and switch,
it's tough to play when a team has it going. I'm not happy they
made shots, but I'm happy with the effort we put forth."
Portland's lost-distance accuracy wasn't a surprise to the
Raptors coach Dwane Casey, who talked about Portland's potent
offense before the game.
"(They're) one of the best offensive teams that we've seen,"
Casey said. "I think as far as scoring the basketball, averaging
103 points a game, they are a very explosive offensive team so
we've got to be on point. We've got to guard the 3-point line."
Toronto was just 2 for 12 from the floor in overtime, while the
Blazers continued to patiently move the ball and connect on
5-for-8 field goals.
Lillard wasn't thrilled with the fourth-quarter collapse, but
was pleased with the way his team responded after it.
"We could have folded," Lillard said. "Once we got to overtime,
on the bench we just said we need to get some stops, we need to
execute and pull this game out. Then we went on the floor and we
Batum hoped the young Blazers would use the game as a lesson.
"This wasn't the first time we have done it," Batum said. "Four
or five times in a row we've had a good lead and had to close
out the game and the other team came back. It paid off right now
because we won in overtime and when you are up 15, 18 points
with seven minutes to go, we have to close out the game."
Notes: The Trail Blazers visit Brooklyn on Monday. ... Kyle
Lowry had 10 points and 10 assists for the Raptors.
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