Sunday, February 2, 2014

NUMBERS DON'T LIE - BLAZERS 106, RAPTORS 103 - The "Rip City Heartbreak" Edition

posted by Romy Aquino
Facing off against one of the top teams in league on a back-to-back can be tough.  The Raptors of old, would have likely folded early in these types of games.  And in the first half against the Blazers on Saturday, it was looking to be one of those old Raptors games.  The Raptors were down by 17 to Portland at the half on a terrible shooting performance and it looked to be over early.  But then the Raptors came into the second half on a tear.  DeMar DeRozan sparked a furious second half run that brought the Raptors within one point.  With just 5 seconds to play and a chance to win it, DeMar committed a costly turnover in the final seconds that helped the Blazer secure a 106-103 win.

Numbers don't lie, check the scoreboard:

30/10  After DeMar Derozan scored just six points in the first half, he decided to put the team on his back and scored 30 points and 10 rebounds in the second half.  The first-time NBA All-Star scored a game-high 36 points (14-29) to go with a career high 12 assists, 4 rebounds, a block and a chance to win the game but had a costly turnover with 5.6 seconds to play.

1  This was DeMar's fist double double of the season.

16  The Portland Trailblazers held control for most of the game, holding a 16 point lead with just under eight minutes to play in the fourth.  The Raptors then went on a 16-2 run in the fourth quarter that gave the Raptors a 103-102 lead.

12/11  The Blazers came out strong at home. Lamarcus Aldridge notched a double double 12 points and 11 rebounds after the first quarter.  Aldridge finished the game with 27 points, 11-14 FT, 15 rebounds and 2 steals.

5  Going into Saturday night, the Blazers were on a two game losing skid and were looking to avoid a third straight loss.  With the Blazers win over Toronto, they became one of just five teams that have not lost three consecutive games.

43:47  Kyle Lowry played heavy minutes for Toronto with Greivis Vasquez out with the flu.  He played almost 44 minutes in the back-to-back, scoring 23 points (7-15), 8 assists, 5 rebounds and two steals.

0/8  It wasn't a pretty first half for the Raptors on Saturday.  Toronto looked sluggish shooting just 35% from the field and were 0/8 from three to go with 9 turnovers.

3/12  It was a homecoming for Terrence Ross who returned to his home state where he played for Jefferson High School in Eugene, Oregon.  Ross had an off night in front of his family and friends, finishing with just 8 points on 3-12 shooting and 0-4 from three point land.

17/25  In a one point loss, this stat stands out.  Toronto shot just 17/25 (68%) from the free throw line.

1  One Dunk of the Night coming from Damian Lillard.

Pound The Rock Star of the Game: DeMar DeRozan a game-high 36 points (14-29), a career high 12 assists, 4 rebounds and a block.

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