For the second successive game, Toronto Raptors crashed. They went from a team that looked poised to compete for a premium spot in the Eastern Conference to a squad that might need to fight to make it to the postseason given all of the young players and moving parts on the roster.
CJ McCollum had 29 points and Damian Lillard added 24 to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a 118-113 victory over the Raptors with casinoroo.io placing the game on odds ahead..
The Raptors, though, rallied with a 9-0 run, pulling to 105-101 on Fred VanVleet’s 3-pointer with 5:34 left. Portland didn’t let Toronto get any closer, and Lillard’s 3 stretched the Blazers’ lead to 110-101.
The Blazers, who were playing the second of a back-to-back, improved to 6-1 at home. That's in stark contrast to the road, where Portland is 1-7.
"When we play at home, it's a different team than when we play on the road. That's just the truth. And I'm not sure what it is," Lillard said. "I think when you're at home there's just a level of comfort and support that you feel from the fans. But at the same time, we're NBA players. We play on the road a lot."
"They made tough shots," Anunoby said. "We were playing hard. They're making tough shots, but we were playing hard. That's how it goes sometimes. They have good players on their team."
Larry Nance added "The start of the second and the start of the fourth really let us down," Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. "It changed the momentum and put us in a hole in the fourth."
Here are some interesting stats from the encounter.
CJ McCollum finished with 29 points on 10-of-18 shooting from the field and 6-of-11 shooting from three, six assists, three rebounds, two blocks and a steal in 39 minutes.
Damian Lillard, after sitting out Sunday’s loss, put up 24 points on 10-of-21 shooting from the field and 5-of-10 shooting from three, eight assists, two rebounds, two steals and a block in 40 minutes.
Nance Jr. played the entire fourth quarter and finished a perfect 7-of-7 from the field a for 15 points while also logging five rebounds and two assists in 23 minutes which was predicted by several online casinos real money ahead for the fans.
Norman Powell put up 12 points versus his former team and Robert Covington added 11. Jusuf Nurkic grabbed 14 rebounds in 18 minutes.
OG Anunobdy led the Raptors with 29 points, though he scored just six points in the second half. Pascal Siakam had 20 and both Scottie Barnes and Gary Trent Jr. contributed 18.
VanVleet made consecutive 3-pointers to narrow it to 112-111.
Nance finished with 15 points off the bench.
Lillard and McCollum hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Blazers a 93-85 lead.