PORTLAND, OREGON – Kyle Lowry credited backcourt teammate DeMar DeRozan for Toronto’s latest win.
Lowry had 30 points, DeRozan added 29 and the Toronto Raptors snapped Portland’s five-game winning streak with a 110-103 victory over the Trail Blazers on Thursday night.
“DeMar was aggressive and stayed aggressive throughout the game,” Lowry said. “His aggressiveness really helped set the tempo and set the standard for us throughout the game.”
Damian Lillard had 27 points and 11 assists, while CJ McCollum added 21 points for Portland in the matchup between two of the league’s dynamic backcourts.
The Raptors, who have lost only one of their last 14 games, led by as many as 16 points in the first half. But the Blazers chipped away in the third quarter and came within 85-81 on Meyers Leonard’s jumper in the fourth. Lowry answered with a 3-pointer and Portland couldn’t get closer.
Toronto extended its lead to 94-81 on Lowry’s 3 with 6:52 left in the game. The Raptors made 12 of 19 3-point attempts in the game, with Lowry scoring seven of them to match his career high.
Lillard hit a jumper and Allen Crabbe made a pair of free throws to pull Portland within 106-101 with 55.3 seconds left, but McCollum missed a 3.6-meter jumper and Toronto hit free throws to end the threat.
“We understood it was going to be a challenge tonight,” DeRozan said. “They’ve got a great backcourt that plays extremely hard and it’s a team that’s fighting for something so we had to meet the challenge tonight.”
After a loss at home to the Denver Nuggets on Monday that snapped their franchise-best 11-game winning streak, the Raptors rebounded with a 104-97 victory over the Suns.
The Raptors’ game against the Blazers was the third of a six-game road trip.
Lakers 99, Pelicans 96
In New Orleans, Kobe Bryant scored 27 points, hitting three pivotal 3-pointers in the last six-plus minutes, and Los Angeles won its second straight.
Anthony Davis scored 39 for the Pelicans, but his missed breakaway dunk in the fourth quarter seemed to define the night for New Orleans, which lost its third straight.
Pistons 111, Knicks 105
In Auburn Hills, Michigan, Anthony Tolliver and Reggie Jackson made a trio of big 3s late in the fourth quarter, and Detroit avoided a colossal collapse to hold off New York.
The Knicks rallied from a 27-point second-quarter deficit, taking a 97-95 lead on a layup by Robin Lopez.
Lopez had 26 points and 16 rebounds for New York.
Rockets 111, Suns 105
In Phoenix, Corey Brewer scored 24 points and Trevor Ariza 22 to lead Houston past the Suns.
Archie Goodwin led Phoenix with 22 points.