PORTLAND — On paper this one had so many benefits ticked off within the Portland Path Blazes facet of the ledger, it appeared almost pointless to play the sport.
The Path Blazers had been at dwelling the place that they had been for just a few video games whereas the Raptors had been on their fourth metropolis in 9 nights.
The Raptors had been down their beginning centre and beginning energy ahead. The Path Blazers had been virtually fully wholesome.
Even with Jonas Valanciunas and Serge Ibaka within the lineup, the Raptors had been on the decrease facet of the ledger at No. 18 in rebounding.
With out them and dealing with the highest rebounding staff within the NBA, the potential for this one getting very ugly in a short time appeared like extra a probability than a risk.
After which recreation began and all that was irrelevant.
The Raptors performed like there was no tomorrow. The Path Blazers, properly, they went to sleep within the second quarter, sort of awoke within the third after which pushed within the fourth but it surely was too late because the Raps cruised to an 99-85 win, bettering their mark to 4-2.
About the one advance scouting that adopted the anticipated end result was that this may be a battle between two of the perfect backcourts within the NBA.
The sport lived as much as that, at the very least with Damian Lillard and to a lesser diploma C.J. McCollum combining for 52 factors together with 36 of them belonging to Lillard whereas Toronto’s dynamic duo of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan completed with a mixed 44 factors with DeRozan main all Raptors with 25.
However the turning level started with Toronto’s second unit, C.J. Miles and the youngsters holding the Path Blazers scoreless by way of the primary 4:31 of the second quarter. The starters picked up the place the bench left off and the Path Blazers scored a complete of six factors within the body, the bottom second quarter by an opponent within the historical past of the Raptors’ franchise.
Within the absence of each Valanciunas, who is predicted again for the fifth street contest of this journey Wednesday in Denver, and Ibaka who’s out with a swollen proper knee the Raptors leaned closely on Lucas Nogueira and the massive Brazilian responded with a 17-point, eight-rebound night.
On the boards, the Raptors had been monsters getting contributions from everybody who hit the ground and out-rebounding the top-ranked Path Blazers 47-38 could have been the single-biggest issue within the recreation.
The sport additionally noticed the Raptors’ Norm Powell get a little bit confidence in a taking pictures recreation that had not been trying too wholesome of late.
Powell had a pair of threes within the third quarter and one other runner for eight within the recreation. It could not appear to be a lot, however that little confidence enhance may do wonders for the Raptors beginning wing.
It was simply the seventh win right here on the former Rose Backyard in Raptors historical past, a span of 21 video games.
The Raptors at the moment are 2-2 on the street journey with a win over the Los Angeles Lakers previous their triumph Monday evening. The Raptors dropped the primary two of this six-game journey.
The Raptors now begin the transfer again east with a cease in Denver on Wednesday evening.