The Trail Blazers suffered their sixth defeat in seven games after beating the Raptors 114-106 on Wednesday. Led by two 30-point performances by Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet, Toronto completed a dominating 14-0 run in the fourth quarter and emerged victorious. For the blazers, Rodney Hood topped the list with 25 points when Damian Lillard failed to reach double-digit numbers in the 2019-20 season.
It was not nice, but the competition was closer than the final score indicates. Two longer runs of the Raptors in the second half have doomed the blazers and eventually the hole that Portland is digging to start the year by a few inches. The big guy brought in three offensive rebounds to keep the deal going, and he added eight own points thanks to his glowing jump shot. Outside of Whiteside, Lillard has done an excellent job finding shooters at every turn. Lillard teamed effortlessly with Anfernee Simons and Rodney Hood to get support.
The Raptors made it to an early 1
The Raptors returned in the second quarter, fueled by Terence Davis. Davis teamed in three of his four-point attempts to take Toronto to the top while Lillard rested on the bench.
Davis was not the only freshman to influence the action in the second quarter. It was not perfect, but the energy of Little was contagious. The former North Carolina striker completed a chase and crashed against two opponents to secure an offensive rebound towards the end of the quarter.
Thanks to a 41.2-percent distance mark and a perfect 9-9 free-throw line-up The Raptors ended the period 54-53.
Hood's crisp first-half shooting reached a new level in the third quarter. The former Cavs attacker took advantage of the extra attention the Raptors gave Lillard and made far-reaching attempts from outside the bow. Along with catch-and-shoot buckets, Hood kept flaring up close-outs by moving into mid-range with single-dribble moves. Unfortunately for Portland, Fred VanVleet was just as hot in the same places at the far end of the floor. Hood finished the quarter with 14 points, VanVleet kept pace with 10 points.
The Raptors retreated in the last moments of the third frame, taking full advantage of a number of sloppy blazer possessions. Turnover and a rise from Siakam led to a 16: 3 run for Toronto, who drew the visitors after three quarters to 87: 78.
CJ McCollum and Mario Hezonja Blazers a Shot of Offenses in the Arm Start the last quarter. McCollum used his usual bag of tricks to keep the defender off balance, scoring five quick points to keep Portland's level at 89 after nine minutes. It broke away from there.
Lillard, who led the blazers single-handedly in competitions at the beginning of the year, could not find this additional equipment. VanVleet and Siakam have not encountered this problem. Toronto's duo opened the defense of Portland like a bag of chips in the air. VanVleet was unstoppable downhill and Siakam celebrated a favorable matchup against Hood. The Raptors completed a 14-0 run in the middle of the fourth quarter and never looked back. The Blazers lost 114: 106.
The Kids Are OK
Nassir Little made his first start, scoring seven points in 23 minutes of work. It was all energy and a healthy dose of chaos from the boy. With the exception of a few Hezonja games, Little was the only player to slow down Siakam. The problem areas in his game can be resolved over time. Choosing his shot pick should put Portland's coaching staff at the top of the to-do list if Little should become a regular on the grid for kings to score 17 points. He has developed from the corner to a dangerous option.
I admit it, the absence of Jusuf Nurkic has caused more discomfort for me than the emptiness that caused Zach Collins & # 39; s shoulder injury. Watching Siakam and Marc Gasol fight the blazers temporarily put off this discomfort. Hood's physical limitations prevented him from hindering Siakam and Gasol.
The Blazers start Saturday's six-game road trip against the Spurs in San Antonio.