Lillard, Blazers rally to beat Raptors in overtime
Damian Lillard had 26 points and nine assists and the Portland Trail Blazers rallied to beat the Toronto Raptors 102-97 in overtime on Tuesday night.
LaMarcus Aldridge, who returned after missing three of the last four games because of an upper respiratory illness, had 23 points and 13 rebounds for the Blazers, who won their fourth straight.
The Blazers rallied in the fourth quarter after trailing by 13 points, but Amir Johnson's short jumper for the Raptors tied the game 87-87 and sent it to overtime.
Portland took a 96-90 lead in the extra period on consecutive 3-pointers from Lillard, Wesley Matthews and Nicolas Batum. Kyle Lowry's layup got the Raptors within 96-94, but Greivis Vasquez was called for a clear-path foul on Batum, who made one of a pair of free throws to keep Portland in front 97-94.
Lillard made a pair of free throws with 19.4 second left and the Raptors couldn't catch up.
Lowry finished with 24 points while James Johnson had 14 points and 11 rebounds for his first double-double of the season for Toronto.
The Raptors had won the first two games of their six-game road trip, including a 116-102 victory at Denver on Sunday.
Portland, the first team in the NBA to reach 26 wins, was coming off a 101-79 rout of the New York Knicks on Sunday.
Known for their 3-point shooting, the Blazers were uncharacteristically 2 for 17 from beyond the arc in the first half. Portland had 16 or more 3-pointers in each of the past three games.
After taking a 45-38 lead into the break, the Raptors extended their lead to 56-45 on James Johnson's tip shot in the third quarter.
The Blazers showed some spark at the end of the third quarter when Lillard nailed a 3-pointer to narrow Toronto's lead to 70-63.
The Blazers chipped away and Lillard's layup narrowed it to 83-82 with 4:23 left. Aldridge tied it making one of two free throws but Terrence Ross answered with a reverse dunk for the Raptors.
Portland took its first lead since the game's opening minutes on Aldridge's jumper with 1:36 to go.
Lowry missed an open jumper from the baseline, then his layup with 10 second left was blocked by Joel Freeland. But Amir Johnson's jumper with 4.7 seconds left tied it.
Lillard missed a layup as time ran out in regulation.