Jack of all trades: Trail Blazers best Raptors
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – Jarrett Jack had 22 points, nine rebounds and
eight assists to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a 93-83 win over the
Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre.
“Normally when he (Jack) knocks down his first shot, he gains a lot of
confidence and he played well, close to a triple-double,” said Toronto head
coach Sam Mitchell. He did a pretty decent job on (T.J.) Ford, but he was the
guy that set the tone for us from the start.”
Martell Webster netted 22 and pulled down eight boards while Juan Dixon added
16 points for the Blazers, who snapped a two-game losing streak. Ime Udoka
ended with 13 points.
Morris Peterson scored a season-best 23 points and T.J. Ford chipped in 19
points, six rebounds and six assists for the Raptors, who have lost three
straight contests. Jorge Garbajosa donated 10 points and also pulled down
seven rebounds for Toronto, which was playing without Chris Bosh. The All-Star
center missed the game with a sore left knee.
“I think it is tough,” said Ford. “Everybody has to really step up and take
their game to the next level, especially, especially when a key person is out
like Chris (Bosh). His (Bosh) 20 points and 12 rebounds definitely showed
tonight that everybody has to take their game to the next level. We have to
come in and be focused and do everything it takes to pick up what he (Bosh)
does for us.”
The Blazers led 24-21 after the opening 12 minutes of play and extended their
lead to 50-41 at the half.
Udoka’s trey pushed the score to 68-55, but the Raptors tallied eight of the
final 10 points of the quarter, capped by a pair of Peterson layups, narrowing
the gap to 70-62 heading into the fourth quarter.
Leading 73-66, the Blazers reeled off a 10-2 run, capped by a pair of Jamaal
Magliore free throws, for an 83-68 advantage with 3:42 left. Toronto opened
the stanza by missing its first eight field goals until Garbajosa drained a
jumper with 3:59 on the clock.
The Raptors countered with a 10-2 spurt, highlighted by two Peterson threes,
narrowing the gap to 85-78.
Ford’s three-pointer with 42 ticks remaining brought Toronto with six, 89-83,
but that was as close as it would get.
Portland forward Zach Randolph was suspended for one game and fined an
undisclosed amount by the team after making an obscene gesture after Friday’s
loss to the Pacers in Indiana…Toronto is 1-8 versus the Western
Conference…The Raptors have drained a trey in an NBA best 634 consecutive
games…Portland connected on 43 percent of its shots from the floor, while
the Raptors shot a paltry 35 percent from the floor…The Blazers turned the
ball over 20 times compared to five for Toronto…Bosh will not go on the two-
game road trip with the team…Portland won the rebounding battle,
56-34…Magliore finished with six points and 10 boards.