Monday, Jan. 11: Blazers 112, Raptors 111
The skinny: Toronto is two years removed from winning an NBA championship, and the Raptors, struggling early this season, played a great road game Monday at the Moda Center.
But, the Trail Blazers overcame the challenge as CJ McCollum had another blistering offensive game, including hitting the go-ahead jumper, as Portland beat Toronto 112-111.
Trailing by a point, McCollum dribbled up court and maneuvered for a mid-range jumper to put Portland ahead 112-111 with 9.6 seconds left.
Pascal Siakam got the last shot for Toronto (2-8), and Robert Covington made it tough on him. His shot missed and Portland won to move two games above .500 at 6-4.
The Raptors, who lost at Golden State on Sunday on a free throw with 3.3 seconds left, led by double digits early, as many as 17 points. But, Portland kept pecking away at the deficit, and took a one-point lead, 61-60, in the third quarter. Toronto's OG Anunoby countered with eight consecutive personal points as the Raptors went back ahead.
The Raptors kept the lead until the last minutes of the fourth quarter. Damian Lillard and Carmelo Anthony hit big 3-pointers, and then McCollum gave the Blazers the winning points.
McCollum made 10 of 19 shots (5 of 11 3-pointers) and added five assists and six rebounds. Lillard had 23 points and Anthony 20. Siakam had 22 points and former Oregon player Chris Boucher 20 for Toronto.
Next up: The Blazers play back-to-back games, 7 p.m. Wednesday at Sacramento and 7 p.m. Thursday at home against Indiana.
Nurkic hurt: Center Jusuf Nurkic suffered a left quad contusion in the first quarter.
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