NBA Game Summary - Portland at Toronto
(Sunday, December 7th)
Final Score: Portland 98, Toronto 97
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Steve Blake scored 19 points, including the game-winning three-pointer with 8.9 seconds remaining as the Portland Trail Blazers edged the Toronto Raptors, 98-97, at the Air Canada Centre.
"I get a lot of three's off of rebounds, the defense collapsing and the ball is tapped out and I am wide open," Blake said. "That last play I got the ball and I wanted to be aggressive. They were playing good defense so I just wanted to create something off of their defense."
Blake also chipped in with seven rebounds, while LaMarcus Aldridge added 20 points and eight boards, and Brandon Roy had 15 points with seven assists for Portland, which has won nine of its last 11 games. Rudy Fernandez scored 16 points and added eight rebounds off the bench for the Trail Blazers.
Jermaine O'Neal scored a season-high 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while Chris Bosh had 19 points and Jose Calderon 15 points and 13 assists for the Raptors, who have dropped four straight and two in a row under interim head coach Jay Triano.
Joel Przybilla's layup and free throw put Portland ahead 88-78 with 8:56 left in the fourth, but the hosts didn't go quietly.
A 17-2 spurt put the Raptors in front by a 95-90 margin with 3:41 to play, but the Blazers got a pair of free throws from Fernandez, one of two from the line by Greg Oden and jumper by Roy to tie things at 95-95 with 48 seconds left.
Bosh's jumper with 27 ticks remaining pushed Toronto ahead by a pair, but Blake's three-pointer with 8.9 seconds to go put the Blazers up for good at 98-97. Bosh's driving layup in the closing seconds was off the mark and the Blazers held on for the one-point victory.
"I just wanted to be aggressive going to the basket," Bosh said about the final play. "I just flat out missed the shot. LaMarcus (Aldridge) played really good defense and he gave a contested shot."
After the Raptors held a 31-20 lead after one quarter, the hosts stretched the advantage in the early stages of the second after a jumper and two free throws by O'Neal. Toronto then maintained an 11-point edge midway through the quarter.
However, a Travis Outlaw three-pointer started a 15-6 Portland run to finish out the stanza and the Raptors held a slim 50-48 lead heading into the intermission.
With Toronto clinging to the two-point lead after one half, the Trail Blazers came out of the locker room and went on a 23-11 burst, grabbing a 71-61 edge after Oden made one of two from the free-throw line. But the Raptors got a dunk from Joey Graham in the last minute of the third and trailed 78-75 after three quarters.
Toronto plays at Cleveland on Tuesday night, while Portland hosts Orlando the same day...The two teams split a home-and-home series last season, with each club winning on its home floor...Toronto shot 49.4 percent from the floor, compared to 43.9 percent for Portland.
12/07 18:26:58 ET