Review Written by Adam Garfield (@AdamThe6God)
The Raptors went off during the 1st quarter as DeMar DeRozan and Jonas Valanciunas combined for 25 points. Toronto's only problem was containing Damian Lillard, who scored 12 points for the Trail Blazers. With 10:23 remaining in the 1st quarter, JV knocked down a wide open three-pointer as Portland's Jusuf Nurkic disrespected his shooting. Toronto led 38-17 after the end of one.
Toronto needed an umbrella, because it was raining three's from behind the arc. The team drilled six three-pointers in the quarter. DeRozan dropped 10 points in about 6 minutes of play in the 2nd. Toronto didn't have an answer as to how to guard C.J. McCollum, allowing him to score 11 points in the quarter. The score was 74-52 going into halftime, in favor of Toronto.
Portland's amazing backcourt of Lillard and McCollum combined for 18 points in the 3rd quarter. Serge Ibaka and DeRozan were able to combine for 16 points, but were still outscored by the Blazers in the quarter. With 1:00 remaining in the 3rd, Jakob Poeltl had a huge block on Zach Collins that turned into a fast break bucket on the other end. Toronto led by 21 going into the final quarter of play, sitting at a 101-80 lead.
Norman Powell led the Raptors with 9 points in the 4th quarter, backed up by Pascal Siakam's 7 points. With about 9:25 remaining, Fred VanVleet had a nasty crossover on Lillard, and easily drove in for a layup. VanVleet has been playing excellent now that he has been seeing more playing time. Meyers Leonard dropped 7 points in the quarter for the Blazers as both teams cleared the benches and played their reserves. The Raptors dominated the Trail Blazers, defeating Portland 130-105.
DeMar DeRozan: 35pts, 3 assists, 6/10 3PM
Jonas Valanciunas: 18pts, 8 rebounds
Kyle Lowry: 15pts, 4 rebounds, 5 assists
Fred VanVleet: 16pts, 5 rebounds
Pascal Siakam: 13pts, 5 rebounds
Norman Powell: 11pts
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