NBA Game Summary - Toronto at Portland
(Wednesday, December 19th)
Final Score: Portland 101, Toronto 96
Portland, OR (Sports Network) - Brandon Roy scored 25 points, grabbed nine rebounds, and had eight assists as the streaking Portland Trail Blazers came back to down the Toronto Raptors, 101-96, for their ninth straight win.
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 15 points and raked in seven rebounds for Portland, and Martell Webster added 15 points. Steve Blake scored 14 points for Portland.
Jose Calderon scored 19 points and had nine assists for Toronto, which has dropped two of three after winning four in a row. Chris Bosh scored 18 points and pulled down 11 rebounds, and Anthony Parker scored 16 points.
Portland's 100-79 loss to San Antonio on December 2 was the Trail Blazers' ninth in 10 games, and dropped them to 5-12 on the season. Since then they have reeled off nine straight, improving to 14-12 with Wednesday's win.
"Toronto is a great shooting team and in the first half they didn't seem to miss anything," said Blazers head coach Nate McMillan. "But once again in the fourth quarter and down the stretch we tightened up defensively and seemed to recognize, as we have during this winning streak, the prime scoring situations. We're just making plays. The team is learning how to bring it night in and night out."
A Jason Kapono jumper pushed the Raptors ahead 87-80 with 8:16 remaining, but the Blazers took control down the stretch. An Aldridge layup kicked off a 10-0 run, and Portland took a 90-87 lead on a Roy free throw with 5:14 remaining.
The Raptors still trailed by three late in regulation, but had a chance to cut the deficit to one or tie late on two straight possessions. Parker missed a turnaround shot in the lane with 1:14 left, but a Roy miss at the other end of the floor gave the Raptors another shot.
Calderon dribbled the ball off his foot, though, and out of bounds, giving Portland the ball back. Aldridge missed a long jumper at the other end, but Travis Outlaw tipped out the rebound, and Toronto had to foul. James Jones sank four free throws in the last 11.7 seconds to secure the win.
"We made some mistakes but they made some shots. We made some shots but we just didn't make some plays at the end of the game. They got some stops and we didn't," said Raptors head coach Sam Mitchell.
The Raptors led 56-51 at the half, and took an 83-76 lead into the final 12 minutes.
The last six wins of Portland's streak have come against 2007 playoff teams...The last time the Blazers won nine straight came in the 2001-02 season,when they won 12 in a row...Both teams shot better than 50 percent from the field. Toronto shot and even 50 percent, while Portland shot 50.6 percent.
12/20 01:33:31 ET