McCollum, Lillard lead Blazers past Raptors 122-117

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — CJ McCollum scored 7 of his 23 points in the last 2 minutes and the Portland Path Blazers beat the Toronto Raptors 122-117 on Sunday night.

Damian Lillard had 22 points and 11 helps for the Blazers, who took command in the 3rd quarter .

Pascal Siakam ended up with 26 points and 8 rebounds, and Fred VanVleet included 20 points and 8 helps for Toronto, which lost for the 11th time in 12 video games.

The video game was played 3 days after the trade due date relocation in which the Raptors sent out Norman Powell to the Blazers for Gary Trent Jr., and Rodney Hood.

Lillard, who remained Friday night’s win at Orlando with a left knee contusion, signed up with Powell in Portland’s three-guard beginning lineup.

Derrick Jones Jr., bumped from the lineup, scored Portland’s last 7 points of the very first half, however Hood’s 3-pointer at the buzzer provided Toronto a 74-68 halftime edge.

The Raptors led 82-75 when Siakam scored on a brief jumper with 6:27 left in the 3rd quarter. However Toronto was held scoreless for almost 6 minutes, shooting 1 for 12 the remainder of the duration.

A take and a dunk by Powell put the Blazers ahead 83-82, and Lillard scored 7 points in a 16-2 run that closed the 3rd quarter with Portland leading 91-84.

VanVleet led a late rally that got the Raptors within one with 2:28 left, however McCollum addressed with a jumper, a runner and a three-point play.

TIP-INS

Sports jackets: Powell scored 13 points in his 2nd Portland start. … F Nassir Little missed out on the video game with a hurt thumb.

Raptors: G Kyle Lowry was out with an aching ideal foot. … F DeAndre Bembry and G Paul Watson Jr. missed out on a 2nd video game due to the COVID procedure.

UP NEXT

Blazers: Dip Into Detroit on Wednesday night.

Raptors: Dip Into Detroit on Monday night.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.