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Hassan Whiteside leads Trail Blazer "other guys" to win at San Antonio

Hassan Whiteside leads Trail Blazer "other guys" to win at San Antonio

That win in San Antonio Saturday night for the Trail Blazers?

It was engineered by the “other guys.”

With Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum – usually the ones carrying the heavy load in the fourth quarter – suffering through 1-7 efforts from the field in the final period, their teammates stepped up and forged a rally from a 15-point deficit with 8:32 left to a 121-116 win over the Spurs.

And it was the rest of the starting lineup that provided a good deal of the firepower. In the fourth quarter:

  • Rodney Hood hit both his field goal attempts and only free throw opportunity, including a huge three-point play with 1:21 to go that pushed his team into its first lead of the period.
  • Nassir Little had five rebounds in the quarter, some outstanding defense, big hustle plays and a resounding dunk.
  • And Hassan Whiteside was the biggest of them all, hitting four of his five shots from the floor, all three of his free throws, grabbing six rebounds and blocking two shots – all in the final quarter. Whiteside finished with 21 points, 12 rebounds, three blocks and made perhaps the biggest play of the game with 37.1 seconds left and his team clinging to a one-point lead. He made a terrific block on DeMar DeRozan and then drew a loose-ball foul on DeRozan, who grabbed Whiteside’s shirt and pulled him down after the blocked shot.

Whiteside, a 57.5 percent career foul shooter, calmly made both free throws to push the lead to three.

“Hassan played a terrific fourth quarter at both ends,” Coach Terry Stotts said.  “He scored for us, he finished around the bucket, made his free throws. He was a big presence at the rim. He deterred a lot of shots. He really made a difference.”

Portland once led this game by 23 and had an 18-point lead after the first quarter. But the Spurs caught fire after Coach Gregg Popovich got booted out of the game at the 9:37 mark of the third period and climbed all the way into that 15-point lead.

“Basketball is a game of runs,” Whiteside said. “The difference in this one is we communicated down the stretch. We got stops at the end. I was telling the guys, we worked too hard to let this one slip away. We were just locked in on defense. Everybody just said it’s winning time. We definitely need a sense of urgency, but it’s not like the season is over. Guys are getting better. I’m doing things I’ve never done before in my career. I’m passing the ball more. Making backdoor passes to Dame. It’s the system here.”

The Trail Blazers were not sharing the ball early in the fourth quarter and missing quick shots. The big problem was a lot of one-pass or no-pass possessions before Stotts seemed to call for some multiple-player weaves, just to get the ball moving. The result was an 11-0 run that got the Blazers back in the game.

“Defensively, the fourth quarter was really important for us,” Stotts said. “We came up with a lot of loose balls and got some steals. It was a great game, big for us.”

Portland plays Game 2 of this six-game junket Monday in Houston.

The alarm clock didn't go off quite in time for Trail Blazers to beat Spurs

The alarm clock didn't go off quite in time for Trail Blazers to beat Spurs

SAN ANTONIO – The Trail Blazers had every right to be tired Monday night for their game vs. the San Antonio Spurs. They were playing the night after a tough, emotional win at Dallas that saw them make a 19-point comeback.

But grabbing a nap through the middle of Monday's game was certainly not the appropriate thing to do.

Portland jumped to a 23-4 lead halfway through the first quarter before hauling out the blankets and pillows. Things were looking good and the Blazers were finally making three-point shots at a high rate, knocking down their first five in a row.

But it didn’t last. The snoring began and the scoring stopped.

The Spurs turned a 19-point deficit into a 19-point lead, which they held with 5:48 to go in the game – at 101-86 -- outscoring the Trail Blazers by 38 points, before an alarm clock went off somewhere near the Portland bench.

The Trail Blazers went to work, getting stops at one end and converting them into points at the other. Damian Lillard, working his way through a difficult shooting night, suddenly caught fire, scoring his team’s final 18 points.

But it wasn’t quite enough, as the Spurs held on for a 113-110 win.

A game in which each team held a 19-point lead went down to the final horn, though, as Lillard missed two three-pointers that would have sent the game into overtime – the last one as time expired. And that one WENT IN – but it popped back out.

“It did go in,” Lillard said of his corner three, which rattled around the rim before kicking back out. "I mean, I looked right at it. It was halfway down and it actually came out. I got two opportunities back-to-back and I don’t miss two of them. If I miss one, I can live with that, but it’s a little harder because I had two opportunities.”

It was a physical game and Lillard took a pretty good beating on his drives to the rim. He was 3-16 from the field heading into the fourth quarter and missed his first three shots in the final period. But he made six of his final nine to spark the rally.

The Blazers were fortunate to get a final chance to tie it. After Lillard drew his team within three with 40.4 seconds to go with a driving layup, DeMar DeRozan missed a jumper and first Lillard and then Tolliver missed threes that would have tied the score.

Portland had no choice but to foul DeRozan with 7.9 seconds left, sending the career 82.7 percent free-throw shooter to the line. But he missed both foul shots and the Blazers won a video replay for possession of the rebound.

Lillard, thinking the Spurs would do what most teams do in that situation with a three-point lead – foul – and he lofted a three-point shot off one leg but didn’t get the anticipated foul and the shot missed.

However, Portland got the ball back, setting up Lillard’s final misses.

“I was really proud of the way we competed to get back into it,” Portland Coach Terry Stotts said. “Offensively, we really struggled for most of the second half. Somehow, Dame was able to will us to get back into the game. I don’t know if fatigue played a part of it. I thought the one-legger was in. I thought the other one was in. I thought Anthony Tolliver’s was in. I think we had four threes to tie the game. I thought one of them would go.”

But that’s been part of the Trail Blazers’ problems this season. In a league where games most nights are being decided by three-point shooting, they aren’t shooting them with high volume or high percentage.

Coming into the game, they were shooting just 33.8 percent from three and then shot 30.3 percent against the Spurs. Even after making their first five attempts. And they have taken 28 fewer attempts than their opponents through four games.

San Antonio Coach Gregg Popovich probably summed up the game best when talking about Portland’s hot start from the three-point line:

“We shot jumpers, they shot jumpers,” he said. “Ours didn’t go in, theirs did. It doesn’t have much to do with anything other than that.”

Which is getting to be a description of an average game in the NBA.

Trail Blazers continue to wait on opponent as Spurs force Game 7 vs. Nuggets

Trail Blazers continue to wait on opponent as Spurs force Game 7 vs. Nuggets

The Denver Nuggets were looking to close out their series with the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night. But behind a fourth-quarter flurry, the Spurs forced a Game 7, beating the Nuggets 120-103.

In the win, former Trail Blazers power forward LaMarcus Aldridge scored 26 points on 10-of-18 shooting to go along with 10 rebounds and five assists. All-Star shooting guard DeMar DeRozan finished with 25 points, including 18 in the second half, on 12-of-16 shooting with seven assists and seven rebounds.

Aldridge is averaging 20.7 points per game in the series.

San Antonio shot 66.7% in the first quarter to start Game 6 with 34-24 lead. The Nuggets have struggled to come out strong all series. Denver won its first and only first quarter in Game 5.

The Spurs were able to hold of the Nuggets on Thursday despite Nikola Jokic scoring a franchise-record 43 points.

Now it all comes down to Game 7 in Denver. The winner on Saturday night will face the Trail Blazers in the Western Conference semifinals.

There have been plenty of questions regarding Denver’s lack of playoff experience and Game 7 could prove to be too much for the young squad. Especially considering, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich has seen his fair share of win-or-go-home games in the playoffs.

NBC Sports Northwest Trail Blazers Insider Dwight Jaynes will have you covered in Denver for the Nuggets and Spurs Game 7 on Saturday night. Be sure to check back at our website, on social media, and on the MyTeams App on Saturday for articles and videos from the Pepsi Center as we gear up for the Blazers semifinals matchup.

With the Blazers getting set to face either the Nuggets or the Spurs, here’s a quick recap of what went down between Portland and Denver, and Portland and San Antonio during the regular season:

The Nuggets took the season series 3-1 over the Blazers, but all three of Portland’s losses were competitive and close ones. In the first meeting between these two, the Nuggets won by just one point. The other two games, in which Denver won, were both decided by nine points or less. In the final meeting of the season, and the Blazers only win over Denver, the Nuggets rested Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray.

San Antonio evened its series (2-2) against Portland in the last meeting of the season with a 108-103 win back on March 16th.  The previous three games were high scoring with the winning teams scoring at least 121 points.

Game One of the Trail Blazers conference semifinals versus the winner of Denver-San Antonio will tip-off on Monday.

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Rapid Reaction: 3 Quick Takeaways from the Trail Blazers loss to the San Antonio Spurs

Rapid Reaction: 3 Quick Takeaways from the Trail Blazers loss to the San Antonio Spurs

Saturday night marked the fourth and final meeting of the regular season between the Trail Blazers and Spurs this season. Portland was looking to snap the Spurs’ seven-game winning streak.  

It was a close game throughout, but San Antonio prevailed with a 108-103 win. The Blazers finish the road trip, 3-0.
Portland didn’t just lose the game though, the Blazers also lost CJ McCollum to a left leg injury.
Final Box Score: Spurs 108, Trail Blazers 103

Here are some quick thoughts from the Blazers loss in San Antonio:

 

1.The Aldridge and DeRozan show early

Playing in San Antonio is always a difficult place to play. The Spurs entered Saturday’s game with a 27-7 home record and had won nine straight at home before Saturday’s game. A lot of the Spurs home success has to do with their superstars coming alive on the offensive end in front of the home crowd.

At the end of the first quarter, DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge had 21 of the Spurs’ first 23 points. These are two tough matchups for any team in the NBA.

The Blazers started mixing up their defense on the two Spurs All-Stars with Jusuf Nurkic switching on to Aldridge. By putting a bigger defender on LA that slowed him down and since the Blazers kept Aldridge and DeRozan guessing on defense Portland was able to temper them after their hot start.

The second quarter could’ve been a time for the Blazers to fold, but they didn’t. San Antonio started the second on a 7-0 run, but after being down 11 points in the second quarter, the Blazers worked their way back into the game and went on a 14-1 run.

There might be something to playing a team that is also on the second leg of a back-to-back. You have to figure the Blazers mindset going into Saturday’s game was -- who can fight through fatigue better?

The Spurs just barely won that battle.

 

2. Blazers go through the Bosnian Beast

The Trail Blazers went away from their typical three-point shooting after struggling from long distance. Through the first two quarters, the Blazers were 3-for-13 from deep after starting the game 0-for-8.  

But what was working for them? -- Pick and rolls with Jusuf Nurkic.

At the break, Nurkic had a team high 12 points and eight rebounds. Even with Nurkic matching up with Aldridge defensively, he was still able to stay out of foul trouble early. Nurkic had just one foul at the end of the first half.
 

3. With McCollum out, Lillard and Hood takeover… But it wasn’t enough

CJ McCollum left the game in the third quarter.

At the 7:08 mark of the third quarter, Jakob Poeltl blocked McCollum 's driving lay-in, but McCollum’s legs then got tangled up with Poeltl’s and McCollum fell awkwardly to the ground.

McCollum was helped to the locker room and did not return.

As Blazer fans wrote on twitter, Damian Lillard was playing for McCollum after Lillard went on a scoring tear to end the third. Both Lillard and Rodney Hood kept the Blazers in the game. But San Antonio squeaked out the win with their team defense and hot three-point shooting.

NEXT UP: The Trail Blazers start a four-game homestand on Monday night when the Indiana Pacers make a stop in Portland. You can catch the game at 7:00pm on NBC Sports Northwest. Our pregame coverage tips off at 6:00pm.

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Despite offensive spark, Trail Blazers' defense gets worse in loss to San Antonio Spurs

Despite offensive spark, Trail Blazers' defense gets worse in loss to San Antonio Spurs

Just when you thought the Trail Blazers’ defense couldn’t get any worse, it did.

The San Antonio Spurs made 60.2 percent of their shots, including a ridiculous 73.3 percent from three-point range, in a drubbing of Portland, the Blazers’ sixth loss in their last nine games.

Never mind the fact that the Trail Blazers got positive offensive performances from their starting forwards, Al-Farouq Aminu and Maurice Harkless. Or that Damian Lillard scored 37 points with 10 assists and just one turnover. Or that Portland shot 52.3 percent from the field.

None of that matters when you give up the kind of red-hot shooting that produces 131 points.

“I thought LaMarcus (Aldridge) played like an all-NBA player and (DeMar) DeRozan played like an all-NBA player,” said Portland Coach Terry Stotts. “Those two guys are great offensive players and they got untracked tonight. They have two all-NBA players and the rest of their players make threes.

“They shot a lot of twos, they made a lot of twos. We gave up some easy ones when we doubled LaMarcus in the second half.

“The doubles in the first half were good, they adjusted in the second half. I thought we competed. We gave up too many transition shots, and we didn’t communicate on the backside on double teams as well as we could have.

“I thought DeRozan and LaMarcus worked for their points.”

Maybe so, but they combined for 65 points and drew enough attention to leave teammates wide open for many easy shots. And the normally pedestrian Spurs had 17 fast-break points.

Portland clawed back to lead by seven in the third quarter but couldn’t get enough stops to make it stick and trailed by seven heading into the fourth quarter.

The Blazers opened the game looking like a team that wanted to force turnovers – slapping at ball-handlers and diving for loose balls. That was fine, but when it came to contesting shooters, there wasn’t a lot of improvement.

This is a team that allowed 106.3 points over its first 13 games but is now allowing 118.9 over its last 10.

Harkless hit both his three-point shots, scored eight points, had seven rebounds, three assists and three blocks in his best game of the season.

Aminu had his second straight 20-point game (the first time in his career he has put together such games back-to-back) on seven of nine shooting, with nine rebounds.

“It’s been a struggle,” Aminu said of his team’s defensive problems. “Teams have been able to score at a high efficiency rate pretty easily in the last couple of games.

“I like the way we started the game. We had a couple of steals, guys getting on the floor – we even showed that at halftime. We just have to make sure we sustain that.

“I think sometimes we just get happy and just start thinking you don’t have to work hard for it. We just have to learn how to do it for four quarters in order to win games. In the beginning of the year, it was just coming easy. We have to understand that this is the NBA and things are just not going to come easy.”

If they don't know that by now, I'm not sure if they will ever learn it.

 

Trail Blazers' familiarity pays off in win over Spurs

Trail Blazers' familiarity pays off in win over Spurs

San Antonio’s Spurs left Portland after Saturday night’s defeat still searching for their first win on the road since last Feb. 25 at Cleveland, a span of a dozen road losses in a row if you want to include last year’s playoffs – and why wouldn’t you?

It’s a team in transition now, after having lost Manu Ginobili to retirement and Tony Parker to free agency. But the Spurs added perennial all-star DeMar DeRozan, too. However, it usually takes a while before all the new pieces to a team’s puzzle fit well together.

But that’s a problem the Trail Blazers don’t have.

Portland added key reserves Seth Curry and Nik Stauskas and a couple of rookies who have yet to suit up in a regular-season game.

But the core group of this team is back, Again. And that fact wasn’t lost on the Spurs.

“We knew it would be a key for us defensively: transition and half-court,” said San Antonio guard Patty Mills. “And they are such a well-oiled half-court offensive team -- they run their stuff really well. Their guys know their roles.

“They’re a group of guys that has been together for quite some time now, so they know their stuff. It’s always going to be a task for us defensively.”

Portland got the shots it wanted all night, as proven by its shooting percentage from three-point range of 46.9 percent and the overall percentage of 53.6.

DeRozan pointed to the futility of allowing a team as offensively skilled as the Trail Blazers to get off to a fast start.

“When you let (the Blazers) get a rhythm, they take advantage of it,” he said. “By the time we try to slow them down, they had it going, so we have to be better defensively.

“We made mistakes and had missed coverages and once you do that early on and they get into rhythm, it’s hard to slow them down.”

You are going to hear a lot of talk like that early in the season because many teams made key personnel changes during the offseason.

And it’s why the 2-0 Trail Blazers have a chance to continue their solid start to the regular season.

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With LA out of the way for now, Spurs next up for Blazers presenting an entirely different challenge...

With LA out of the way for now, Spurs next up for Blazers presenting an entirely different challenge...

TUALATIN --  There was a lot of attention surrounding the Trail Blazers’ home opener Thursday night, You know ... the Lakers, LeBron, winning streaks, national television, etc.

But Saturday night’s game in Moda Center against the San Antonio Spurs shapes up to be a much more challenging evening for the home team.

San Antonio’s new-look Spurs visit Portland with the last vestiges of their “Big Three” absent and a new all-star in the fold.

The 1-0 Spurs come in off a 112-108 home win over the Minnesota Timberwolves Wednesday night in their first game since 2001 without either Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, two-thirds of the Big Three that brought multiple championships (along with retired Tim Duncan) to the franchise. The Spurs, of course, were also without Kawhi Leonard, traded last summer to Toronto for DeMar DeRozan,

But the Spurs are still the Spurs – a team not to be taken lightly, especially with the likes of LaMarcus Aldridge and DeRozan carrying a heavy load.

“It’s still San Antonio basketball,” said Portland’s CJ McCollum after practice Friday. “They have implemented DeMar seamlessly. It’s typical Spurs basketball. It will be a good game.”

But certainly a different game than the opener, which featured the run-and-gun attack of the Lakers.

“The exact opposite,” said Damian Lillard. “The Spurs execute well in halfcourt, have good ball movement, screen well and they are well coached, so it’s going to be a completely different game.”

Coach Terry Stotts agreed.

“It will be a different-paced game,” he said. “We’re going to try to push it a little but I don’t know if San Antonio will run with us.”

There isn’t a lot to go on yet with the Spurs after just one game. And the developing dynamic between Aldridge and DeRozan will be something to watch.

''He's a great passer,'' Aldridge said of DeRozan. ''He's always looking and probing and I'm too open. I have to get used to being ready and just taking my time. When I figure it out (and) I get my rhythm back, it's going to be way easier out there to score having him.''

Aldridge had 19 rebounds but needed 23 shots to score his 21 points. DeRozan scored 28, including a field goal and two free throws late to seal the game.

''Hey, I've been doing it for some years now,'' the 29-year-old DeRozan said about the late heroics. ''I just feel out the game, always try to be aggressive and at the end moments, I always want to be there. I'm not afraid to make mistakes, but with that I'm not afraid to try to go out there and win the game.''

And that will be part of the challenge Saturday night in Moda in the season’s second game.

Kawhi wanted to go to LA and got Toronto -- call it Spurs' Revenge

Kawhi wanted to go to LA and got Toronto -- call it Spurs' Revenge

I have a few thoughts on that crazy all-star-for-all-star trade that essentially sent DeMar DeRozan from Toronto to San Antonio for Kawhi Leonard. I find some aspects of the deal fascinating.

First of all, don’t cross Gregg Popovich or the San Antonio Spurs. Not only did the Spurs land DeRozan, a very good player,  Jakob Poeltl and a first-round pick for Leonard, they absolutely managed to send Leonard to the polar opposite of where he wanted to go.

You want to go to LA, young man? Here’s Toronto, enjoy yourself. Toronto is a beautiful city but between the frigid weather and the taxes -- good luck. And leave your bathing suit at home. You can't get much further from the beaches of southern California than Toronto. The Spurs' revenge cut deep.

I heard a lot of people around the league talking about trading for Leonard – with just one season left on his contract – including a lot of Trail Blazer fans. Sorry, but that’s a terrible gamble.

Just because Paul George – apparently a victim of basketball’s version of Stockholm syndrome -- decided to stay in Oklahoma City, doesn’t mean any other one-year rental would make the same decision. George's decision to stay in Oklahoma was bewildering and I have to believe that someday he’ll be sorry.

And to think other players will follow suit and stay put just because George did is silly. You can talk about rolling the dice and gambling on the big move all you want, that's a very big longshot to go all-in on. And if the gamble doesn't pay off, the penalty is way too high.

The risk/reward on this one just doesn't pencil out for the Raptors. If you think it's time to trade DeRozan, that's fine -- but a one-year rental may not be the best idea.

 

 

The Raptors, with Ibaka a big plus at both ends, defeat the Blazers

The Raptors, with Ibaka a big plus at both ends, defeat the Blazers

TORONTO -- I think, on the whole, the Portland Trail Blazers were in a little over their heads Sunday night against the Toronto Raptors -- even though Toronto's all-star guard, Kyle Lowry, sat this one out with an injury.

And a little more than a week ago, with Lowry out, I'm not sure I would have said that. But the Raptors added Serge Ibaka at the trade deadline and he was a game-changer in the Raps' 112-106 win over Portland.

Ibaka scored 18 points, hitting 8 of his 15 shots, and added 10 rebounds, two assists and two steals. And, of course, he did his usual outstanding job at the defensive end. He scored nine points in a key time from the 6:02 mark to 3:28 to play, acting like a go-to offensive player.

"He's a great addition to their team," said Portland guard Damian Lillard, who led the Trail Blazers with 28 points. "He's a great addition on both ends of the floor -- protecting the paint, being able to show and being active on pick and rolls. Offensively, he can shoot the ball. You saw tonight he was able to get on the block and score, shooting fadeaways and jump hooks. He's a really good fit on their team."

No kidding. And you have to give Ibaka credit. As a 20-year-old rookie in the league in 2009 he ran from shots -- a timid offensive player who averaged only five attempts per game. But he steadily worked on his offense from the outside in, first becoming a good three-point shooter and now adding a medium and short-range game to his arsenal. He's packing an effective field goal percentage of .625 this season.

He's going to be a big asset in the playoffs, when the Raptors just might have a legitimate shot at the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Portland jumped to a 12-point lead in the first quarter but it slipped away rapidly. The Blazers led by three after the first period and trailed by one at the half. Still, they were down by just a bucket heading into the final quarter. And this is in spite of allowing a bewildering 21-2 Toronto run from the end of the first half to the first minute and a half of the third quarter.

"Teams are going to make runs but I thought we could have done a better job of stemming the tide a bit," said Portland Coach Terry Stotts. "It's disappointing to lose a game but I thought we competed well."

Maurice Harkless, who took a pass on talking to the media after the game, scored 18 points, hitting seven of nine shots. But at times the Trail Blazers had a lot of trouble finding another scorer. CJ McCollum hit just six of his 19 shots and Allen Crabbe two of six. Al-Farouq Aminu, back in action again, played 29:21 and had 13 points and eight rebounds.

"I thought we played hard, but we had that run in the second quarter where we went up double digits and let them go on a run," McCollum said. "At the start of the third quarter they went on another mini-run and I thought that was the difference in the game.

"We've just got to continue to stick with it."

Portland's new center, Jusuf Nurkic, had a rough night. He made just three of nine shots and got worked over pretty well by Toronto's Jonas Valanciunas, who made seven of eight shots. Worse than that, Nurkic took a shot in the mouth in the fourth quarter that resulted in something being dislodged in his mouth. At first it appeared he might have lost a couple of teeth but word came later that he had two crowns dislodged and subsequently repaired. He was not available for comment after the game.

DeMar DeRozan led all scorers with 33 points -- 15 of them at the foul line, where he seems to live. This man gets calls the way Jordan used to get them -- whether they are actually fouls or not.

The Trail Blazers moved on to Detroit, where they conclude the road trip with a Tuesday game against the Pistons.

Without Lillard, Blazers hang tough, but lose to Toronto

Without Lillard, Blazers hang tough, but lose to Toronto

The Trail Blazers got the defensive results they wanted on Monday against the NBA's top offense, but it wasn't enough to get the victory.

Despite holding Toronto (22-8) to its lowest shooting percentage of the season, the Blazers on Monday lost 95-91 at the Moda Center, their sixth straight loss and 10th in the last 11 games.

The Blazers played without leading scorer and team captain Damian Lillard, who sprained his left ankle in the fourth quarter of Friday's game against San Antonio. Lillard before the game called the sprain the worst of his career and said he was still unable to jump. Without Lillard, CJ McCollum slid over and started at point guard and Allen Crabbe started at shooting guard, his second start of the season.

Much like last season when Lillard was out, McCollum was brilliant at the point, finishing with 29 points and seven assists, but it wasn't enough to overcome Kyle Lowry (27 points), DeMar DeRozan (20 points, 10 rebounds) and the three-point shooting of Patrick Patterson (15 points, five three-pointers). Crabbe finished with seven points on 3-of-11 shooting. Mason Plumlee finished with 13 points, 15 rebounds and four assists. 

The backbreaking sequence came in the final seconds when Portland couldn't secure a rebound while trailing by two points. McCollum made a three-pointer with 49 seconds left to draw Portland within 91-89, and the Blazers got a stop when DeRozan missed a desperation three to beat the shot clock, but the Blazers couldn't corral the rebound and had to eventually foul Cory Joseph with 16.2 seconds left. Joseph made both free throws and both teams exchanged free throws over the final 11 seconds to close out the game. 

Neither team held leads bigger than six as both struggled with turnovers and shoddy shooting. Toronto, the top offensive rated team in the NBA, missed its first seven three-pointers and nine of its first 10 before erputing for seven three-pointers in the third quarter. Toronto finished shooting 33.6 percent from the field, its lowest of the season and first time it shot less than 40 percent since Nov. 6. 

The Blazers (13-20) had 18 turnovers and made only 42.2 percent of its shots, including 8-for-23 from three-point range. Normally a solid team at protecting the ball, it was the third consecutive game of 17 or more turnovers for Portland. 

Toronto led 43-42 at halftime after DeRozan converted a three-point play with 1.7 seconds left. It was tied for the fewest points allowed by Portland in the first half this season, matching the 43 Memphis scored on Dec. 8 in Memphis. Some of the Raptors' low output was due to the Blazers defense -- Evan Turner in particular guarded DeRozan well -- but some of it was an off night by Toronto, which clanked its way to 37.8 percent shooting in the half, many of them drastic misses on open shots. 

Next up: Sacramento at Blazers, 7 p.m. Wednesday (CSN).