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Instant Analysis: Trail Blazers go with big lineup, CJ McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic put on a show

Instant Analysis: Trail Blazers go with big lineup, CJ McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic put on a show

In the second of three scrimmage games, Portland was without point guard Damian Lillard, who is dealing with inflammation in his left foot.

Prior to Sunday’s scrimmage against Toronto, Blazers head coach Terry Stotts said Lillard had an x-ray on his left foot. The good news: the x-rays came back negative. Stotts added that he is ‘hopeful’ Lillard will be able to play in Portland's final scrimmage on Tuesday.   

With Lillard out, Coach Stotts went with a big lineup Sunday:

  • Hassan Whiteside
  • Jusuf Nurkic
  • CJ McCollum
  • Gary Trent Jr.
  • Carmelo Anthony

The Blazers and Raptors were all tied up at 25 at the end of first quarter after CJ McCollum carried the Blazers with nine points.

For this being just a scrimmage game it was still an exciting brand of basketball, especially witnessing a very active McCollum and Nurkic. 

But, the Raptors made the Blazers pay from behind the arc, on the glass and from the charity stripe.

FINAL BOX SCORE: Raptors 110, Trail Blazers 104

Here are three quick takeaways from Portland’s second scrimmage:

1. Hello, big Blazers lineup

Sunday marked the first time the Trail Blazers started the twin towers of Hassan Whiteside and Jusuf Nurkic.

Whiteside sat out with an Achilles strain in the first scrimmage, but in his NBA restart debut Sunday, he proved that he has a soft touch around the rim.

Between Whiteside showing off his jumper and McCollum getting his teammates involved, Portland got off to a good start.

The Blazers new frontline of a combination of Whiteside, Jusuf Nurkic, and Zach Collins made the Raptors work in the paint.  

And even though Sunday’s results don’t matter, it was obvious that Nurk’s competitive nature cannot be tamed.

Nurkic and Serge Ibaka exchanged words and a few shoves midway through the second quarter, which seemed to ignite Nurkic, particularly on the defensive end. 

Whiteside and Collins, who came off the bench, were both limited to under 22 minutes of action. In his limited time, Collins showed his patience on the offensive end.

As for rookie forward Nassir Little (concussion), he did not play Sunday, but coach Stotts said prior to the scrimmage that, “Nassir is doing better.”

2. Raptors have success from long distance

With Whiteside, Nurkic, and Collins -- and two of them in the game at all times through three quarters -- those three, as one would imagine, clog up the paint.

With the big lineup, Toronto took a three-ball approach and it worked.

The Raptors shot 19 out of their first 24 shots from three. To end the game, Toronto went 17-of-44 from deep.

But their success from deep isn’t surprising.

Before the season was suspended, the Raptors ranked sixth in the league in three-point shooting as a team at 37.1 percent.

Toronto took over in the third quarter with their continued hot three-point shooting and their ability to cash in from the free throw line.

3.The McCollum Show

CJ McCollum scored 11 points in the second quarter as the Blazers shot 44 percent for the half as a team. But, McCollum wasn’t just showing off his usual mid-range and long-range game, he also proved he can be the facilitator when called upon.

Up Next: The Blazers face the Thunder in Portland’s third and final scrimmage Tuesday before tipping off their eight seeding games on Friday against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Be sure to check back throughout the rest of the day and tomorrow morning for analysis, articles, and videos from the players!

Damian Lillard COULD win a title in Portland and it would mean more if he did

Damian Lillard COULD win a title in Portland and it would mean more if he did

Stephen A. Smith didn’t exactly go out on a long limb Tuesday with his rant that Damian Lillard would never win a championship as a Portland Trail Blazer.

Come on, let’s face it. Smith could say that about just about any other max-salary player in the league who doesn’t happen to be on a team with LeBron James or Kawhi Leonard.

I have so much more respect for a player like Lillard who wants to do it his way, with his team, than another guy looking to latch on to LeBron’s coattails and ride them to an easy title.

You think Larry Bird or Magic Johnson or Michael Jordan would have chosen to be just another guy that James or Steph Curry hauled to a championship?

The point is, Lillard is determined to do it in Portland, where it would mean more to him and to the NBA if he could somehow win it all.

And it COULD happen. Not all the teams who have won titles over the last couple of decades have been dynasties. Not all have been loaded superteams. The Dallas Mavericks got a title and so did Toronto, just last season. And that Detroit team in 2004 wasn’t exactly a team for the ages.

I believe Portland could build a team that for at least one season, could be as good as those teams.

Market size, demographics, weather -- all have made Portland anything but a prime free-agent destination. But Neil Olshey has made astute deals and, when healthy, this current team can beat anybody when at its absolute best. Another player or two in a key spot, it could happen.

And that title would belong to Damian Lillard. Not Lebron or Kawhi or Steph… or Stephen A. Smith.

Social media reaction to Carmelo Anthony's game-winner in Toronto: Stay Melo

Social media reaction to Carmelo Anthony's game-winner in Toronto: Stay Melo

Jan. 7, 2020 in Toronto -- The Trail Blazers were battling the Raptors in Portland’s second to last contest of their five-game east coast swing.

With Damian Lillard double-teamed, Carmelo Anthony stepped up and showed that he can still come up clutch.

Melo drained the game-winning jumper with ease.

Anthony knocked in the go-ahead bucket with 4.1 remaining on the clock as Portland rallied to beat Toronto 101-99.

The end of this game proved we should all ‘Stay Melo.’

Anthony finished the game with 28 points, seven rebounds, one assist, and two steals, while Lillard added 20, and Hassan Whiteside recorded 14 points and 16 rebounds for his sixth straight double-double. 

The Trail Blazers snapped a four-game losing streak in Toronto with the win after Portland charged back led by Lillard.  

After the victory, Melo, who scored 10 points in the final period, discussed how he is always ready for these types of situations.

This is something I’ve always embraced, loved those moments. Whenever you get a chance to have those moments you have to take advantage of it. Throughout my career I’ve always been the guy who would take those shots. I’ve made a ton of them and missed a lot of them, as well. You just have to be willing, to want to take them. -- Carmelo Anthony postgame

Portland outscored Toronto in the fourth quarter, 32-21. The Blazers finished the game on a 13-4 run. 

For Trail Blazers fan Brandon, he is all about the Jan. 7, 2020 Melo game-winner.

Anthony went 10-of-17 from the field and 5-of-8 from deep that night.

Those numbers deserve a few fire emojis or eight to be exact.

But, what about other memorable Melo moments this season?

The Trail Blazers Twitter account made sure to mention the Blazers win in Chicago as a great Anthony moment.

Melo finished with 25 points in Portland’s 117-94 win over the Bulls back on Nov. 25. That was Anthony’s fourth game in a Trail Blazers uniform. Bulls fans chanted and cheered for Melo all night long.

Trail Blazers fans agree -- The moment they found out the future Hall of Famer was going to be a Blazer is the only Melo moment they needed.

How to watch: Carmelo Anthony's game-winner over Toronto Raptors

How to watch: Carmelo Anthony's game-winner over Toronto Raptors

Melo Mania in Rip City is one of the most memorable moments of the Trail Blazers 2019-20 season.

And there's no doubt that Carmelo Anthony will always have a soft spot for Monday’s Classic Game on NBCSNW.

Jan. 7, 2020 in Toronto, with Damian Lillard double-teamed, Anthony stepped up to sink the game-winning jumper for the Trail Blazers.

Melo came up clutch with four seconds remaining on the clock as Portland rallied to beat the Raptors 101-99.

The win helped the Trail Blazers go to 16-22 on the season.

This game also seemed to catch the eye of the entire NBA community as Melo proved he’s still got it.

Carmelo Anthony with the ball and a chance to win the game? He’s money. 

Melo has more game-winners than Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dirk Nowitzki and Dwyane Wade.

Since 2003-2004, according to STATS Inc., he’s been the best in the NBA at hitting shots in the final 30 seconds of a game to give his team a lead for good. He’s done it 26 times, better than Kobe (22), LeBron (20), Dirk (18) and D-Wade (16).

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Anthony finished the game with 28 points, while Lillard added 20, and Hassan Whiteside recorded 14 points and 16 rebounds for his sixth straight double-double as the Trail Blazers snapped a four-game losing streak in Toronto.  

After the victory, Melo admitted he is always ready for these types of situations.

This is something I’ve always embraced, loved those moments. Whenever you get a chance to have those moments you have to take advantage of it. Throughout my career I’ve always been the guy who would take those shots. I’ve made a ton of them and missed a lot of them, as well. You just have to be willing, to want to take them. -- Carmelo Anthony postgame

Up to this point in the 2019-20 season, the Trail Blazers were 5-3 when Anthony scored 20 or more points.

Starters for Blazers vs. Raptors on Jan. 7, 2020:

TORONTO

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

Patrick McCaw

OG Anunoby

Serge Ibaka

Kyle Lowry

PORTLAND

Carmelo Anthony

Hassan Whiteside

Damian Lillard

Kent Bazemore

CJ McCollum

HOW TO WATCH: Carmelo Anthony’s game-winner in Toronto

WHEN: Monday, May 11 at 8:00pm 

Channel: NBC Sports Northwest, Channel 737 (Portland), 617 (Seattle)

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Check out the full slate of Trail Blazers Classic Games right here.  

The Fire Within: Kent Bazemore ignites Blazers with his ejection

The Fire Within: Kent Bazemore ignites Blazers with his ejection

There could be a number of different things to point a finger at and say -- yes, that’s why the Trail Blazers were able to clamp down and rally back to beat the Raptors Tuesday night.

It could be Damian Lillard and Carmelo Anthony’s second half shooting barrage.

Or that the Blazers as a team defended better.

Plus, Portland shot the ball extremely well in the fourth quarter; in fact, they were 25 percent better from the floor in the final period than the first three quarters.

And then, of course, there was Melo’s go-ahead bucket to secure the Blazers two-point victory.  

But, possibly, what turned things around for Portland happened earlier in the third quarter is what ignited the Blazers.

The Trail Blazers were down 73-65 when Kent Bazemore took it coast to coast after snagging a defensive rebound.

When Bazemore missed the lay-in with 3:06 to go in the third, and he didn’t get a whistle on the call, the Trail Blazers starting small forward shared his frustrations verbally with the referees.

Bazemore was then hit with two quick technical fouls, resulting in an ejection. 

After the game, Bazemore explained what happened.

“I thought there was a lot of contact on the drive. We had been getting in the paint all night, and we felt like we were getting hit pretty much on every play early in the game. Dame gets hit upside the head – nothing. I drive a couple of times, a lot of contact – nothing. I was just frustrated and I took it upon myself and I got ejected for it,” Bazemore told reporters postgame.

Gary Trent Jr. entered the game for Bazemore after he was escorted to the locker room.

Bazemore had scored seven points, to go along with two rebounds, and two steals in 26 minutes before getting tossed.

For Baze, he was happy to see his team come from behind and secure a victory more than anything else.

“Came out, collected myself in here for a little bit, got my heart rate back down, took a quick shower, and then went back there and watched my guys. A heck of a win,” Bazemore said.

To quote the 30-year-old from his Instagram post Tuesday night, ““Throw yo hands in the ay-yerrrr and wave em’ like you just don’t cay-yerrrrr... Great win.”

Yes, the Blazers were throwing their hands in the air after the game, and they were also giving credit to Bazemore for “sacrificing” himself in order to get the W.

That’s his first time being ejected in 38 games, so it’s not like he’s out there just getting mad all the time, and getting techs, and getting tossed all the time, he was really mad because we fighting for it, and we trying to win the game. And, I think that just kind of lit a fire up under us to continue to press forward. -- Trail Blazers All-Star point guard Damian Lillard said postgame

Melo added, “We rally around Kent. We rally around just that atmosphere, and situations like that. Sometimes it takes sacrifices… to spark something and today Kent was that. He was really into the game, he was locked in, and I think when you get locked in, a lot of emotions goes into it. It was unfortunate that he got ejected, but we rallied and we won the game for him.”

Blazers head coach Terry Stotts wasn’t sure if Bazemore leaving the game really made the difference, but he did believe one thing was true: “I think that just showed how much we wanted to win a game.”

Often times it as a head coach that will get tossed to fire up his team, but thanks to Bazemore’s heated argument to the officials, showing that fire, and Melo’s vintage performance, the Blazers now have a chance to come back to Portland with a winning record on this trip if they take care of business in Minnesota Thursday night.

Morning After: Everything you may have missed from the Blazers win over the Raptors

Morning After: Everything you may have missed from the Blazers win over the Raptors

The Trail Blazers traveled to Toronto looking for a much-needed win. Is was going to be no easy task against a tough Raptors squad. 

Toronto jumped out to an early double-digit lead in the first quarter and for most of the game kept the Blazers from making a run. 

It felt like it was going to be a repeat of the Miami game where the Blazers dug an early hole too big to get out of. But thanks to Carmelo Anthony and Damian Lillard, history didn't repeat itself. 

Portland ended the game on a 13-4 run, and as the clock approached triple zeroes, the man wearing double zero went to work. 

Anthony drove to the lane, pulled up from near the free-throw line, and drained a classic Carmelo Anthony mid-range dagger to seal the deal. 

Portland picks up the much-needed win and the Melo legend grows. 

Final Score: Blazers 101 - Raptors 99

QUOTABLES:

Carmelo Anthony on hitting the game-winner:

This is something I’ve always embraced, loved those moments. Whenever you get a chance to have those moments you have to take advantage of it. Throughout my career I’ve always been the guy who would take those shots. I’ve made a ton of them and missed a lot of them, as well. You just have to be willing, to want to take them.

Coach Stotts on what changed in the second half:

Probably the main thing is we switched more pick and rolls and kind of scrambled after that. They had some difficult matchups for us. [Serge] Ibaka was making his shots, [Chris] Boucher was making his shots, so they were trying to involve different guys in pick and rolls, so that was probably the major adjustment.

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Carmelo Anthony wins the 10-year challenge, here's proof

Carmelo Anthony wins the 10-year challenge, here's proof

By now, you have all heard of the 10-year challenge.  Thanks to social media, we all have an endless amount of photos of ourselves to go through and look back on. The trend has people taking pictures of themselves in 2020 and comparing them to photos of themselves from 2010. Get it? 10-year challenge. 

Most of us just sat back and laughed. "Oh my gosh. Look at how much I've changed. I looked so young!" blah blah blah.

Not Carmelo Anthony.

All he did was inadvertently destroy the challenge to a point that it will never recover. 

Against the Raptors on Tuesday, Carmelo pulled up from just beyond the free-throw line to drill the game-winning shot in the final seconds of the game. 

However, it wasn't the first time he hit a game-winner against the Raptors, from that spot, in that arena. 

Back in March of 2010, Carmelo and the Denver Nuggets made a stop in Toronto. The Nuggets trailed 96-95 and just before time expired Anthony did his thing. He pulled up from just beyond the free-throw line and drilled the game-winner.

Flash forward to 2020 and it was a brutal case of déjà vu for the Raptors. Fitting, too, because déjà vu is French, one of Canada's primary languages. Two clutch, nearly idential game-winners ten years apart.

We salute you Mr. Anthony, king of the 10-year challenge. 

Game-winners? Carmelo Anthony has more than Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dirk Nowitzki and Dwyane Wade

Game-winners? Carmelo Anthony has more than Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dirk Nowitzki and Dwyane Wade

TORONTO – If you’re going to take a last-second shot to win a game and you’re the Portland Trail Blazers, who do you go to?

Damian Lillard is the obvious choice. But what if the other team double-teams him and makes it impossible to get him the ball?

Then you go to CJ McCollum, right? Well, that’s what the Trail Blazers did Tuesday night against the Raptors, with the scored tied at 99 and the clock ticking down past 10 seconds.

McCollum took an inbound pass and had a lane to the basket. An open lane, he figured. But knowing it wouldn’t be right to take his shot too early on the clock, he held back – a smart move by a mature player.

Suddenly, Carmelo Anthony popped open near the top of the three-point circle and McCollum found him with a pass.

Melo with the ball and a chance to win the game? That’s money, folks. Look it up. It’s not this guy’s first rodeo.

Since 2003-2004, according to STATS Inc., he’s been the best in the NBA at hitting shots in the final 30 seconds of a game to give his team a lead for good. He’s done it 26 times, better than Kobe Bryant (22), LeBron James (20), Dirk Nowitzki (18) and Dwyane Wade (16).

You want it done in the final five seconds? According to ESPN Stats and Information, he's done that 17 times, four more than any other player since he came into the league.
“It was very important for us to come back on the road,” Anthony said. “We were able to get stops and make shots. A big morale booster for us.

“This is something I’ve always embraced, loved those moments. Whenever you get a chance to have those moments you have to take advantage of it. Throughout my career I’ve always been the guy who would take those shots. I’ve made a ton of them and missed a lot of them, as well. You just have to be willing, to want to take them.”

Anthony was able to get to his spot on the floor, a jump shot that was a virtual free throw. It’s a shot you can see him practicing over and over before games.

“I was able to get to my spot and it felt good,” he said. “Very important to get to my spot. Only thing I didn‘t want to do is settle, settle for that three. Once I was able to get to my spot, there was a great chance of that ball going in.”

The Blazers and Raptors – two teams playing without some of their best players – stumbled around a lot in this game but the Blazers really were tested. If there was a night for them to just give up on a game, this would have been it. For most of the first half they couldn’t make shots and couldn’t get defensive stops. It was a frustrating night, given that the Blazers’ first and only lead prior to Anthony’s game-winner lasted 14 seconds and made the score 4-3.

“We gave up 22 in the third and 21 in the fourth and we started to limit their second chances,” Lillard said. “The way we did it is the style we need to play to win us games.”

The Raptors specialize in playing defense that takes the opponent’s best player out of the game and they got it done over the first three quarters, throwing multiple players at Lillard. But in the fourth, he was able to get more room by getting a pick set higher and making his threes from longer distance.

“I just played from further out,” he said. “I didn’t want to force it and play in a crowd. I had to change my pace, get the screen set higher. And we also got stops so we weren’t playing against a set defense.”

Lillard played a key role in forcing a Toronto turnover, as Patrick McCaw threw a pass between Kyle Lowry’s legs and out of bounds.

“Kyle was coming off a pin down and I saw it developing,” Lillard said. “They were trying to catch us off guard. I shot the gap and the guy threw a bounce pass and Kyle was running through it and didn’t have a chance to catch it. A big play.”

Portland had to survive a last-second three from Kyle Lowry but it was a miss and the Blazers had the win.

To be fair, the Raptors were playing without injured Pascal Siakam, Marc Gasol, Norman Powell and Fred VanVleet, among others. Of course, the Blazers – without Jusuf Nurkic, Zach Collins, Rodney Hood and Skal Labissiere – have no sympathy for them.

This trip concludes with a game Thursday night at Minneapolis against the Timberwolves.

Was Tuesday night just what the doctor ordered for the Trail Blazers?

Was Tuesday night just what the doctor ordered for the Trail Blazers?

Two wins.

The Trail Blazers now have two wins on their five-game road trip following Tuesday’s 101-99 comeback victory over the Raptors.

But, more than that, the Blazers now have two wins against teams with a winning record at the time of the game played.

Portland was down by as many as 14 points.

And yeah, yeah, the Raptors were undermanned dealing with injuries to key players; however, that hasn’t meant the Blazers have been able to take advantage of injury riddled teams in the past this season (hello, Golden State Warriors in early November), and it hasn’t prevented the Raptors from getting victories this season.

Portland rallied back behind Carmelo Anthony and Damian Lillard.

No surprise there.

It was Melo’s long jumper at the top of the key that gave the Blazers the lead with 4.1 seconds remaining in the game.  

Portland turned things around in the final period, outscoring Toronto 32-21 after the Blazers shot 63 percent from the field in the fourth in comparison to their 38 percent shooting through the first three quarters.

“We just stayed with it, we stayed with it, we played together, we stayed composed even though they was making runs, we got some stops, and we made shots in the fourth quarter. It always helps when you make shots,” Melo told Trail Blazers sideline reporter Brooke Olzendam after the win.

It sure does help to make baskets down the stretch.

But, for Blazers head coach Terry Stotts, it was how his team defended in the second half that he believes was their biggest adjustment.

“Probably the main thing is we switched more pick and rolls and kind of scrambled after that. They had some difficult matchups for us. [Serge] Ibaka was making his shots, [Chris] Boucher was making his shots, so they were trying to involve different guys in pick and rolls, so that was probably the major adjustment,” Stotts told reporters.  

Now, let’s get back to Portland having two victories over teams with winning records.

The Raptors are currently 24-13.

The Blazers first win against a team with an above .500 record was against Dallas back on October 27th.

October.

That was Portland’s third game of the season.

It was also the game they lost Zach Collins to a left shoulder injury and things started to crumble.

But here we are… The Trail Blazers are now 16-22 and they know they can build on Tuesday’s win.

Question is... will they?

“It’s a big morale booster, especially on the road, beating a team like Toronto," Melo said. "We’ll take it, anytime you win on the road, especially in this fashion, the way that we did, is definitely a morale booster for us." 

With 44 games left in the Trail Blazers 2019-20 regular season, could January 7th in Toronto be a game that people look back on and say that was the game that flipped a switch for Portland?

Who's to say that right now.

But, Coach Stotts thinks it’s a real possibility.

“At the end of the season you look back on different games and this could very well be a game that we look back on that turned the tide. We’ve got a lot of games to play, but certainty this is a game we can build on,” Stotts said.

The Trail Blazers will look to build on Tuesday’s win by wrapping up their road trip Thursday night in Minnesota with a win.

And then  Portland is right back at it, at home, Saturday night with yet another opportunity to snag a victory against a winning team when the Milwaukee Bucks come to town.

For now, mark it down as January 7th being a potential turning point for the Trail Blazers.  

Or, at least, enjoy the come from behind win on the road against a winning team.  

Instant Analysis: Carmelo Anthony calls game

Instant Analysis: Carmelo Anthony calls game

Tuesday night was a not what people would’ve expected to see at the start of the season when watching the Trail Blazers take on the Raptors. 

Toronto was without Norman Powell (left shoulder subluxation), Marc Gasol (left hamstring strain), Dewan Hernandez (right ankle sprain), Pascal Siakam (groin strain), and Fred VanVleet (right hamstring strain).

While the Blazers continued to deal with having a thin frontcourt with Skal Labissiere (left knee inflammation) out, and of course Jusuf Nurkic (left knee rehab) and Zach Collins (shoulder surgery) still sidelined.

Neither team shot the ball well early on. The Blazers scored just 15 points in the first quarter. It has become a theme of Portland's to get out to a slow start.

The Blazers, though, despite their shooting struggles, were in striking distance throughout the game. 

Then, Damian Lillard and Carmelo Anthony closed the game. Dame struck from deep, scoring 8 points in the final 2:26. And it was Melo's go-ahead bucket with 4.1 seconds that propelled the Blazers to victory.


FINAL BOX SCORE TRAIL BLAZERS 101, RAPTORS 99

Here are three quick takeaways from Tuesday’s comeback win:

1. Lillard playing through it

CJ McCollum returned to the Blazers lineup after missing the previous game with an upper respiratory infection, but then it looked as though Portland might lose Damian Lillard in the first quarter. Lillard went down hard on his way to the rim. It was at the 2:46 mark of the first quarter that Lillard took a hit on the head by Chris Boucher’s elbow.

Lillard came out the game, but did not head back to the locker room.

The Raptors finished the quarter on an 8-0 run as the Blazers put a small-ball lineup on the floor of McCollum, Anfernee Simons, Gary Trent Jr., Mario Hezonja, and Anthony Tolliver.

That is, of course, a lineup that teams can take advantage of down low and the Raptors did just that.

During the first quarter timeout, Lillard was icing the back of his head. Fortunately for the Blazers, Lillard returned to the game at the 8:34 mark of the second quarter. Lillard come on strong in the fourth quarter offensively, but he also continued to find his teammates all night.

2. Short-handed Raptors rely on rebounds

Toronto was a monster on the offensive glass. In the first half, the Raptors' second chance points were really the difference in the game. Toronto had 13-second chance points through the first 24 minutes of action to the Blazers’ four.  

Kyle Lowry also helped shoulder the scoring load for the banged up Raptors. He led all scorers with 17 points in the first half.

3. Melo and Whiteside aggressive in the paint

Carmelo Anthony was extremely aggressive on both ends. He worked the baseline, taking the Raptors to the rim and doing his standard spin move to get a bucket. With the Blazers trailing by 10 at halftime, Melo led the charge offensively. He had 13 points at the break. 

Both Hassan Whiteside and Anthony were 4-of-8 from the field in the first half. Portland depended on Melo's scoring throughout the game.  Whiteside continued to make a positive impact all over the court. The Blazers starting center finished with 14 points, 17 rebounds, and five blocks. Melo and Lillard came up with two clutch three-pointers down the stretch to tie the game at 99. 

Up Next: The Trail Blazers visit the Minnesota Timberwolves Thursday night in Portland’s final game of this five-game road trip. Portland and Minnesota tip-off 5:00pm PT on NBC Sports Northwest and the MyTeams App.

Be sure to check back throughout the night and tomorrow morning for analysis, articles, and videos from the players!