TORONTO – The Toronto Raptors haven't played a game in three days and it showed as they jumped out on a Portland Trail Blazers squad that played their second game of a back-to-back tonight and in the process, defeated the Trail Blazers handily 102-79 at Air Canada Centre.
With this victory, the Raptors have taken down the Trail Blazers for the first time in nearly five years and are now winners of eight of their last nine games. Prior to the game, the Trail Blazers had won eight straight versus the Raptors.
The Raptors started the game on a 10-0 run and the Trail Blazers would not hit their first field goal until the 9:07 mark. At the end of one quarter, the Raptors were up 24-17.
In the second quarter, the Raptors went on a 18-5 run to make it 47-29, their biggest lead up to that point and ended the half on top 55-39. The Trail Blazers cut the lead to 12 in the third before the Raptors eventually extended their lead to 25 late in the fourth quarter.
The Raptors shot 53 percent for the game and forced the Trail Blazers into 18 turnovers.
Jose Calderon scored zero points for the Raptors, but ran the team as efficient as any point guard this season. He had 13 assist and not one single turnover. DeMar DeRozan led all scores with 24 points. Ed Davis chipped in 19 points, seven rebounds and Portland native Terrence Ross contributed a career-high 26 points.
Damian Lillard finished the game with 18 points, five rebounds, and seven assist. LaMarcus Aldridge got a double-double -- 14 points and 10 rebounds.
During the game, the NBA announced that Damian Lillard has been named Rookie of the Month for the Month of December, the second consecutive month he's taken home the award.
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