Sunday, March 28: Trail Blazers 122, Raptors 117
The skinny: A balanced game, led by the guards and now reserve Derrick Jones Jr., turned into a third consecutive win for the Trail Blazers, as ex-teammates faced each other in a matchup with the Toronto Raptors.
CJ McCollum led seven players in double-figures scoring with 23 points, and Damian Lillard added 22 and 11 assists as Portland beat Toronto 122-117 Sunday at Tampa, Florida (where the Raptors play home games for now).
The Trail Blazers (28-18) outscored the Raptors 23-10 in the third quarter, and held on as McCollum hit some big shots in the fourth quarter. Norman Powell, playing against his former team, and Lillard each hit two free throws in the final seconds to seal the game.
The dynamic of the matchups were interesting. Jones scored 16 points off the bench; Powell started as part of a three-guard lineup and played his second game with the Trail Blazers against his former team, scoring 13 points.
Robert Covington had another solid all-around game with 13 points, 12 rebounds, two assists, three steals and four blocked shots.
Traded for Powell, Gary Trent went 2 of 10 from the field and had six points in a starting role for Toronto; the Raptors played without starting guard Kyle Lowry (sore right foot). The other player sent from Portland to Toronto, Rodney Hood had eight first-quarter points and finished with 13.
Pascal Siakam had 26 points, Fred VanVleet 20 and OG Anunoby 18 for the Raptors (18-28).
Quotable: "They missed a lot of threes in the third quarter," coach Terry Stotts said. "I liked our (defensive) activity. I liked our aggressiveness, we rebounded the ball well — they didn't get a lot of second shots. We also limited their transition."
Next up: The Blazers get two days off before playing at Detroit, 4 p.m. Wednesday.
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