Blazers rally for road win
Carmelo Anthony's 17-foot jumper with 3.3 seconds remaining capped a major comeback as the Trail Blazers downed Toronto 101-99 Tuesday night at ScotiaBank Arena.
Portland (16-22) trailed the Raptors by 14 points in the second quarter and by 13 points late in the third quarter. But Damian Lillard led a fourth-quarter rally that overhauled the defending NBA champions (24-13) and gave the Blazers their second win in the last eight games.
Anthony scored a season-high 28 points and Lillard scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half for the Blazers, who end their five-game road trip Thursday at Minnesota. Hassan Whiteside contributed 14 points, 16 rebounds and seven blocked shots.
Kyle Lowry had 24 points and 10 assists for the Raptors, who were without three of their four best players — forward Pascal Siakam, center Marc Gasol and guard Fred VanVleet.
The Blazers were fortunate to be down only 24-15 after one quarter. It was Portland's lowest-scoring quarter of the season. The Blazers made only 7 of 25 shots, including 1 of 8 from 3-point range.
The score was 42-31 midway through the second quarter when the Blazers used back-to-back 3's by Kent Bazemore and Anthony to get within 42-37. Toronto responded with an 11-2 spurt to go ahead 53-39. Lillard was scoreless until he hit a pair at the line with 1:41 left before halftime. The Raptors, who had 13 offensive rebounds in the first half, led 56-46 at the break.
Toronto led 78-65 late in the third quarter, but the Blazers closed to within 78-69 heading into the final period. Lillard scored 11 points the rest of the way, including a 3 to tie the score at 99-99, setting up Anthony's game-winner.
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