CJ McCollum finished with 30 points and knocked down the game-winning pull-up jumper with 9.6 seconds left to lift the Portland Trail Blazers to a 112-111 victory against the Toronto Raptors on Monday night at the Moda Center.
Toronto’s Pascal Siakam, bothered by Robert Covington’s defense, missed his shot in the closing seconds and the Blazers completed the comeback victory after trailing by as many as 17 points in the second quarter.
The Blazers (6-4) won their third game in a row, and did so after losing starting center Jusuf Nurkic to a left quad contusion in the first quarter. Nurkic played just nine minutes and scored two points and two rebounds.
As the Blazers stormed back from a 14-point deficit early in the fourth quarter, they closed the game using a smaller lineup, with Damian Lillard, McCollum, Gary Trent Jr., Carmelo Anthony and Covington.
McCollum and Anthony combined to make 8 of 10 shots in the final period, including 4 of 4 on threes. Anthony made 3 of 3 from long range and finished the quarter with 13 points, while McCollum had 11 points. Lillard added eight points in the fourth quarter and hit 2 of 3 three-pointers.
Lillard finished with 23 points, seven rebounds and five assists, though he did have eight turnovers. Anthony had 20 points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks.
Siakam notched a triple-double with 22 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists for the Raptors (2-8), who suffered another hard-luck loss one night after losing by one point at Golden State. Former Oregon Ducks star Chris Boucher added 20 points, eight rebounds and three blocks for Toronto.
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FINAL: TRAIL BLAZERS 112, RAPTORS 111
— The Blazers get the defensive stop, and they win it 112-111.
— After the Portland timeout, Carmelo Anthony hits a short turnaround jumper to tie it at 104-104. The Blazers get a stop. Lillard steps back and nails the three-pointer with under 2:30 to go. Pascal Siakam dunks it off the feed from Fred VanVleet. But Carmelo Anthony knocks down a three to increase the Blazers’ lead to four, at 110-106. Chris Boucher hits the three to make it 110-109. Lillard with it. He drives, and loses the ball out of bounds. Back to Toronto. Siakam has it poked away, but it’s still Raptors ball with 1:01 to play. Siakam dunks it, and the Raptors go back on top, at 111-110. Trent’s corner three won’t fall. The Raptors get it back, but VanVleet’s three won’t fall. The Blazers get the rebound. McCollum drives and pulls up for the jumper. It’s good. The Blazers lead it 112-111 with 9.6 seconds left. Timeout Raptors.
— Out of the Raptors timeout, OG Anunoby hits a corner three-pointer to give Toronto a 101-90 lead. But CJ McCollum drives, draws the foul and scores. Toronto coach Nick Nurse challenges the foul call. The call stands. McCollum makes the free throw. Under 7 minutes to go now. McCollum drives and pulls up. The shot won’t go, but it’s the fifth foul on Pascal Siakam. McCollum makes 1 of 2 free throws, cutting the Raptors’ lead to 101-94 with 6:37 left. Lowry’s deep three is no good. The Blazers get the rebound. Lillard rises and hits from three. The Blazers are down four, at 101-97. Chris Boucher knocks down a corner three to put the Raptors’ lead back to seven. Lillard drives but can’t finish, but Anthony is there for the rebound. He gets fouled and will head to the line with 5:16 to go. Anthony drains both free throws to cut Toronto’s lead to 104-99. Boucher’s three is off. The Blazers have it back, but Covington called for an illegal screen, so they give it right back. Under 4:40 left. Anthony rebounds Lowry’s missed three. Covington’s corner three won’t go. A Siakam miss and a Covington rebound. This time, Anthony’s corner three is good. The Blazers are down 104-102. Anunoby misses a three and the Blazers grab the rebound. Timeout Blazers with 3:27 to go.
— OG Anunoby makes two free throws to give the Raptors an 88-76 lead early in the fourth. CJ McCollum drains a jumper. He has 21 points for the Blazers. Terence Davis knocks down a corner three. The Raptors turn it over. Lillard returns to the game. McCollum’s shot is partially blocked, Harry Giles tries to tip it in, and he’s fouled and will head to the line. Giles makes both free throws. The Raptors are up 91-80. Powell finishes inside. Trent drives, pulls up and hits. Davis drains a three. McCollum answers with a three of his own. Toronto is up 96-85 with 9 minutes to go. Giles fouls Lowry, who hits both free throws. Trent’s corner three is off. Lowry misses a three. Lillard drives and flips in a layup. The Blazers get a steal. Anthony’s three is good, and the Blazers cut Toronto’s lead to 98-90 with 7:46 to play. Timeout Raptors.
END THIRD QUARTER: RAPTORS 86, TRAIL BLAZERS 76
— Fred VanVleet makes a step-back three. And then Rodney Hood scores on a layup. Gary Trent Jr. gets fouled on his drive on a fast break. Covington’s three won’t fall. VanVleet for three, and the Raptors’ lead is back to 10, at 86-76. Anthony’s three is off. VanVleet’s three doesn’t fall this time. The Blazers turn it over with 1.9 seconds left in the quarter. The third quarter ends, and the Blazers have work to do, trailing 86-76 heading to the final period.
— Defensive three seconds on the Raptors, and Lillard makes the free throw. Covington scores on the layup. Toronto leads 72-64. CJ McCollum buries a three after a Toronto offensive foul. Lillard with some shake and bake, but his three rattles out. Jones goes for the steal but gets poked in the eye. VanVleet scores for two. McCollum scores, and he’s fouled. Trent checks in for Jones. McCollum converts the free throw, and the Blazers are down 74-70 with 5 minutes left in the third. VanVleet with a jumper to make it 76-70. After Stanley Johnson’s layup for the Raptors, Anthony hits a baseline jumper. It’s 78-72. Anthony with a steal, but Trent’s three is long. Johnson cleans up a Raptors miss for two. Then Lillard drives and scores on a layup. Toronto leads it 80-74 with 2:52 to go in the third. Timeout Toronto.
— Enes Kanter starts the second half in place of Jusuf Nurkic. Damian Lillard’s step-back jumper is good. Toronto leads 60-57. Lillard draws the foul on OG Anunoby and hits both free throws to cut the Raptors’ lead to 60-59 with 11:03 to go in the third. Kanter spins and scores inside. The Blazers take a 61-60 lead. Toronto’s Anunoby hits consecutive threes, though, and then it’s 68-61 after his dunk. Pascal Siakam is fouled and makes two free throws. So a 6-0 Blazers run is answered by an 10-0 Raptors run. Toronto leads 70-61 with 8:40 to play in the third. Anunoby whistled for an offensive foul. A bit later, Siakam spins and scores inside. With 7:26 left in the third, the Raptors are up 72-61. Timeout Blazers.
HALFTIME: RAPTORS 60, TRAIL BLAZERS 55
— At the half, CJ McCollum leads the Blazers with 13 points, while Enes Kanter has added 12 points and five rebounds. Damian Lillard has eight points, followed by Gary Trent Jr. with six. Jusuf Nurkic, who is questionable to return with a quad contusion, shot 1 of 5 and has two points and two rebounds. For the Raptors, Kyle Lowry has 16 points, while Pascal Siakam and Chris Boucher have 14 apiece. Siakam also has eight rebounds and five assists. The Raptors shot 51.2% in the first half overall, and made 10 of 25 threes (40%). The Blazers shot 40% overall and made only 7 of 22 threes (31.8%).
— After Enes Kanter scores inside, Gary Trent Jr. draws a foul and makes 1 of 2 free throws. Then Lillard scores on a layup and is fouled. He converts the free throw, and the Blazers’ have cut the lead to 58-49. Pascal Siakam drives and scores. Jones cuts into the lane, and he draws a foul. He hits both free throws, to make it 60-51 with 33.5 seconds to play in the half. Kanter picks up Covington’s shot that’s way short, lays it up and in, and he’s fouled. Covington tries to put in Kanter’s free throw miss, and he’s fouled and will shoot free throws. Covington’s first free throw is good. The second falls, too, so the Blazers cut the Raptors’ lead to 60-55. The half ends, and that’s the score at the break.
— CJ McCollum swishes a three-pointer to cut Toronto’s lead to 52-38. Derrick Jones Jr. then hits a layup. OG Anunoby drives and scores. Anthony has his shot blocked by Boucher. McCollum fouled by Lowry. Damian Lillard hits the transition three. The Blazers are down 11, at 54-43. VanVleet’s deep three won’t fall, and then McCollum tries to juke Siakam, but his shot doesn’t go. Lowry scores. Boucher dunks it. The Blazers are playing without a traditional center right now, with the lineup of Lillard, McCollum, Trent, Anthony and Covington. Timeout Raptors with 2:35 to play in the half.
— Jusuf Nurkic has a left quad contusion and is questionable to return, the Blazers say.
— CJ McCollum gets fouled on his baseline jumper, and he hits both free throws to cut the Raptors’ lead to 32-23. McCollum with five points so far. Kyle Lowry’s three is good to make it 35-23. Then Carmelo Anthony finds Enes Kanter for a wide-open layup. It’s 35-25. Boucher knocks down another three. The former Ducks star has nine points so far. Gary Trent Jr. nails a corner three to make it 38-28. Anthony drives, but he gets whistled for the offensive foul. Norman Powell’s layup is good. CJ McCollum hits a three, but Boucher answers with his third three of the game. Kanter cleans up Covington’s miss. Lowry draws a three-shot foul and makes them all. The Raptors are up 46-33. McCollum’s floater is good. OG Anunoby makes a three, and the Raptors are on fire from three-point range. Powell hits another, and the Raptors are up 52-35 with 6:53 to go in the half.
END 1ST QUARTER: RAPTORS 32, TRAIL BLAZERS 21
— Gary Trent Jr. fouled on his shot, and he drains both free throws to cut Toronto’s lead to 24-15 with 2:23 to go in the first. Norman Powell knocks down a three for the Raptors. Enes Kanter hits a shot to make it 27-17. After a Raptors miss, Carmelo Anthony’s three won’t fall. The Raptors’ Stanley Johnson makes a three. Damian Lillard scores his first basket, and the Raptors’ lead is 30-19. Anthony with the steal, and Fred VanVleet fouls him to save the fast-break layup. Anthony hits both free throws to cut the Toronto lead to 30-21 with 20.3 seconds to play in the quarter. Siakam beats the buzzer with a jumper, and the Blazers head to the second quarter trailing 32-21.
— The Blazers have turned it over five times already. After a Kyle Lowry three and a Pascal Siakam basket, the Raptors are up 18-8. Carmelo Anthony answers with a three to make it 18-11. Chris Boucher nails a three to give Toronto a 10-point lead, at 21-11. Boucher scores inside, draws the foul and makes the free throw. It’s 24-11 now. Enes Kanter scores inside off a pass from Rodney Hood. Toronto turns it over. They take a timeout with 2:36 to go in the quarter.
— Kyle Lowry scores to put Toronto on the scoreboard first. Robert Covington’s three won’t go for the Blazers. CJ McCollum steals it from Fred VanVleet. McCollum’s three won’t fall. Derrick Jones Jr. steals and then McCollum draws a foul on Lowry. Lillard’s three is no good. Siakam scores to make it 4-0. Then an offensive foul on Jusuf Nurkic. McCollum feeds Nurkic for the dunk. Siakam spins and draws the foul on Covington. He hits both free throws to give the Raptors a 6-2 lead. Then Covington drains a three from the wing. Siakam hits a layup. Nurkic misses a dunk, but then McCollum’s three ties it at 8-8. Siakam backs down Covington, turns and scores. Lowry makes a three to make it 13-8, and the Blazers take a timeout with 6:24 left to play in the first.
Blazers starters: Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Derrick Jones Jr., Robert Covington, Jusuf Nurkic.
Raptors starters: Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam, Alex Len.
TRAIL BLAZERS VS. RAPTORS
What: Portland Trail Blazers (5-4) vs. Toronto Raptors (2-7), 7 p.m. PT Monday.
Where: Moda Center.
TV channel: NBC Sports Northwest (in Portland: Comcast 37/737).
Radio: Rip City Radio (KPOJ 620 AM)
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Odds: Blazers (-190) | Raptors (+170) | Total: 230.5
The Portland Trail Blazers have a strong shot at winning a third consecutive game for the first time this season when they host the Toronto Raptors Monday night at the Moda Center.
The Raptors, who reached the semifinals of the Eastern Conference playoffs last season, fell to 2-7 after Sunday night’s 106-105 loss at the Golden State Warriors (6-4).
Despite its struggles, Toronto remains a very dangerous team led by Pascal Siakam, Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet.
One Raptors player who has certainly continued playing winning basketball is VanVleet, who helped hold Warriors star Stephen Curry to 11 points on 2 of 16 shooting including 1 of 10 from three-point range. On offense, VanVleet has been on a tear. Since having a couple of off shooting nights early, he has shot 43.6% (24 of 55) from three-point range. He’s averaging 22.1 points on the season.
“He’s just tough,” Toronto coach Nick Nurse told reporters. “That’s the main thing. He’s just competing. There’s no discouragement in him. He hates to lose. He’s competing every possession.”
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Blazers: F/C Zach Collins (left ankle stress fracture) is out.
Raptors: Patrick McCaw (left knee; surgery; rehabilitation) is out.
COMING UP (Blazers schedule)
Following Monday’s game, the Blazers fly back to Sacramento (4-6) for a game Wednesday, then return to Portland for seven consecutive home games starting Thursday with Indiana (6-3).