DeRozan's shooting lifts Raptors over Blazers 130-105
ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 03, 2018 11:06 AM
FILE - APRIL 15: DeMar DeRozan #10 of the Toronto Raptors is seen during the game against the Milwaukee Bucks at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Mark Blinch/NBAE via Getty Images)
By Ian Harrison, Associated Press
TORONTO (AP) — DeMar DeRozan scored 35 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 18 and the Toronto Raptors beat Portland 130-105 on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time), their sixth straight win over the Trail Blazers.
Fred VanVleet scored 16 points, Kyle Lowry had 15 and Pascal Siakam 13 as the Raptors improved their home record to 20-4, the best mark in the NBA.
DeRozan made 11-of-22 shots and matched his career-high by making six three-pointers. He finished 6-for-10 from long range.
The Raptors made a season high 19 three-pointers. Toronto shot 19-for-40 from behind the arc, with nine players making at least one three-pointer.
Damian Lillard scored 32 points, becoming the fastest player in franchise history to reach 10,000 for his career, but Portland's four-game winning streak was snapped. The Blazers have lost five of their past seven on the road.
CJ McCollum scored 21 points and Jusuf Nurkic had 20, but no other Portland player had more than five through the first three quarters.
After winning an NBA-high 11 games in January, the Blazers opened their February schedule on a losing note.
Lillard came in 12 points away from 10,000. He reached the milestone on a driving layup with 45 seconds left in the first quarter, then passed it with a triple at 9:06 of the second.
DeRozan scored 16 points and Valanciunas had 11 as the Raptors led 37-18 after one. Lillard was the only Portland player to deliver offensively in the opening quarter, scoring 12 points and making 4-of-5 shots. The rest of the Blazers combined to shoot 2-for-13.
Nurkic scored 13 points in the second and McCollum had 11 but DeRozan added 10 more for the Raptors, who made seven three-pointers in the quarter and led 74-52 at halftime.
Toronto led 101-80 heading to the fourth.
Trail Blazers: Lillard scored Portland's first nine points. ... McCollum, who scored 28 points in the first quarter of his 50-point performance Wednesday (Thursday, PHLt ime), did not score in the opening quarter against Toronto, missing all three of his shots. ... Lillard led the Blazers with 10 assists. ... Portland has scored 100 or more points in 17 straight games.
Raptors: F C.J. Miles (right knee) missed his third straight game. ... DeRozan's 26-points first half matched his highest-scoring half of the season. ... Toronto outscored Portland 26-7 in second-chance points.
Trail Blazers: Visit Boston on Sunday (Monday, PHL time), their first meeting of the season with the Celtics. The teams split last season, each winning on the other's home court.
Raptors: A season-long four game homestand continues Sunday (Monday, PHL time) against Memphis. The Raptors have won four straight home meetings with the Grizzlies.