NBA Game Summary - Toronto at Portland
(Saturday, December 27th)
Final Score: Portland 102, Toronto 89
Portland, OR (Sports Network) - Brandon Roy erupted for 18 points in the fourth quarter and the Portland Trail Blazers overcame an eight-point halftime deficit in a 102-89 decision against the Toronto Raptors.
Roy finished with 32 points to go with nine assists, while Greg Oden logged a solid 16-point, 10-rebound effort for the Blazers, who are 2-1 during their current five-game homestand. LaMarcus Aldridge chipped in 21 points and nine boards in the victory.
Chris Bosh posted 29 points and nine caroms, and Jermaine O'Neal added 17 points for Toronto, which was outscored 53-32 in the second half to fall to 2-3 on a six-game road trip.
The Blazers took a 69-67 lead into the fourth quarter and Roy took care of the rest. The up-and-coming star hit a mid-range jumper midway through the frame, and, following another Roy basket, Aldridge drilled back-to-back 20-footers for an 84-74 edge with six minutes on the clock.
After Roy scored Portland's next nine points, O'Neal pulled the Raptors within 95-87 with two minutes left, but Travis Outlaw's throw-down after pulling down an offensive rebound on the next possession made it a 10-point game, and the hosts made their last five free throws to seal the win.
"[Roy] had a good rhythm; he made the right calls," Blazers head coach Nate McMillan said. "We were a little surprised that they didn't come with a double team [on him]. We talked about it at one of the timeouts but apparently they didn't use it."
Anthony Parker and Andrea Bargnani drained three-pointers late in the first quarter and Toronto led 28-26 after 12 minutes of play. Toronto nailed four more trifectas in the second frame and led 57-49 at the break.
The visitors from Canada went cold in the third frame, netting just four field goals. An 8-0 run late in the third capped by a Sergio Rodriguez field goal helped Portland own a two-point edge at the end of three quarters of play.
The Blazers have won three of their past four meetings with the Raptors...Bargnani and Jose Calderon had 13 and 11 points, respectively, for Toronto, while Outlaw finished with 12 points for Portland, which shot 50.6 percent from the field.
12/28 01:27:25 ET