Rap­tors de­feat Port­land Trail Blaz­ers

The Prince George Citizen - - SPORTS - Anne M. PETER­SON

PORT­LAND, Ore. — DeMar DeRozan had 25 points and the short­handed Toronto Rap­tors beat the Port­land Trail Blaz­ers 99-85 on Mon­day night.

The Blaz­ers were foiled at home by a cold sec­ond quar­ter with just six to­tal points and Toronto went on to lead by as many as 26. The win ex­tended the Rap­tors’ win­ning streak over Port­land to five straight games.

Damian Lil­lard had a sea­son-high 36 points for the Blaz­ers, who got within 13 in the fi­nal quar­ter. CJ McCol­lum, who had scored 20 or more points in each of Port­land’s first six games this sea­son, had 16.

Kyle Lowry added a sea­son-high 19 points and added 10 re­bounds for the Rap­tors.

Toronto was with­out cen­tre Serge Ibaka, who is av­er­ag­ing 15 points a game this sea­son, be­cause of swelling in his right knee. The knee started to bother him fol­low­ing a vic­tory over the Lak­ers in Los An­ge­les on Fri­day. Ja­cob Poetl took his place in the start­ing lineup.

The Rap­tors also missed Jonas Valan­ci­u­nas for a fourth straight game with a left an­kle sprain.

DeRozan had 15 points in the first quar­ter and the teams were knot­ted at 29 go­ing into the sec­ond. DeRozan led the Rap­tors with 24 points in the 101-92 vic­tory over the Lak­ers.

The Blaz­ers went cold in the sec­ond quar­ter. Re­ally cold. They went 0-for-16 from the field un­til Evan Turner’s layup with 5 sec­onds left be­fore the half. Port­land’s other four points in the quar­ter came from free throws and the Rap­tors led 54-35 at the break.

The Blaz­ers’ six to­tal points were a fran­chise low for the sec­ond quar­ter.

Lil­lard hit a pair of con­sec­u­tive 3-point­ers and a layup in the third quar­ter, but the Blaz­ers couldn’t make up much ground. The Rap­tors led 81-61 go­ing into the fi­nal pe­riod.

Port­land went on a 10-5 run to open the fourth and close the gap to 86-71 with 8:55 left. Lil­lard added a 16-footer to cut the mar­gin to 13.

Port­land was com­ing off a 114-107 win at home over the Suns on Satur­day.

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