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Lillard Leads Blazers To Win in OT
Written by AP Report    Sunday, 17 November 2013 15:14   

TORONTO -- Guard Damian Lillard scored seven of his 25 points in overtime and forward LaMarcus Aldridge also scored 25 with 11 rebounds as the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Toronto Raptors 118-110 in overtime on Sunday to extend their winning streak to six games.

Forward Rudy Gay's driving layup at the buzzer tied the game at 102 for the Raptors, who were down by 16 points in the fourth quarter. But Lillard took charge in overtime.Forward Nicolas Batum added 24 points for the Trail Blazers (8-2). Guard Wesley Matthews scored 17 points and guard Mo Williams had 13 coming off the bench.

Gay led the Raptors with 30 points and 10 rebounds and guard DeMar DeRozan had 29 points. Guard Kyle Lowry had 10 points and 10 assists for Toronto (4-7). Center Jonas Valanciunas added 19 points and nine rebounds.

The Blazers opened the overtime on a driving layup by Lillard but Gay answered with a 3-pointer and the Raptors led 105-104.After a Portland turnover, Gay hit two free throws to put Toronto up by three points but Lillard tied the game at 107 with a 3-point shot. Lillard's jumper put Portland into a two-point lead and after Gay missed a jumper. Nicolas Batum hit a 3-pointer and the Blazers led 112-107 with 1:29 left in overtime. Batum hit another 3-pointer to make the lead eight points but DeRozan's 3-pointer reduced the lead to five with 30 seconds left.Toronto forward Amir Johnson fouled out with 20.1 seconds to play and Matthews made one of the two free throws.

The Trail Blazers entered the fourth quarter leading by 10 points, and had been up to 16 points with 8:49 to play in the game after Lillard scored eight successive points -- including one 3-point shot and a 3-point play.

The Raptors whittled the lead back down to 10 when Lowry made a driving layup with 6:28 left on the clock. A pair of free throws by Portland center Robin Lopez put the lead at 13. Gay's dunk with 2:57 left in the game cut the lead to 98-89.Gay hit a pair of free throws with 1:52 to play to bring the Raptors to within seven points, and Gay's dunk made it a five-point game with 1:30 left.The Raptors reduced the lead to three when Lowry made two free throws with 59.5 seconds to play.

Aldridge made two free throws to put Portland up by five again. Lopez fouled out with 41.4 seconds to play and DeRozan made one of two free throws and then scored after the Raptors grabbed the rebound on his second-shot miss to make the score 102-100 for the Blazers but Gay tied it.

Portland took a three-point lead into the second half and went up by six when Lillard hit a 3-pointer nearly two minutes in. The Blazers led by six again when Batum hit a jumper and then made a dunk with 4:36 to play in the third quarter. Aldridge bumped the lead to 73-66 with just under four minutes left. After Gay missed a jump shot for the Raptors, Batum came back to make a 3-point shot with 2:41 to play in the quarter and the Blazers led by 10. The Blazers led 79-69 at the end of the third.Aldridge completed a 3-point play by making the free throw after his layup at the end of the first half to give the Blazers a 57-54 lead.

The Blazers led 31-29 after the first quarter.

NOTES: Trail Blazers assistant coach Jay Triano is Canada's Senior Men's National Team coach and was the Raptors' coach from 2008-11. ... The Raptors ended an eight-game losing streak to the Blazers Jan. 2 with a 102-79 win at Air Canada Centre. ... When Raptors G DeMar DeRozan equaled a career high with 37 points in Friday's 96-80 loss to the Chicago Bulls it was the third time he reached that total in his career. ... G CJ McCollum (fractured left foot) and C Meyers Leonard (gastroenteritis) are still out of the Blazers lineup while the Raptors reported no injuries. ... The Blazers' next game is Monday when they visit the Brooklyn Nets. ... The Raptors will play their next game on Wednesday when they visit the Philadelphia 76ers.

 

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