Notes & Quotes: Trail Blazers 118, Raptors 110


November 17, 2013


• With the loss, Toronto falls to 4-7 on the season and 2-3 at home ... The Raptors have dropped two straight at home (Nov. 15-17) and three of their last four overall (Nov. 11-17) ... Toronto visits the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday (7 p.m.) ... With the win, Portland improves to 8-2 on the year and 4-1 on the road ... The Trail Blazers have won six in a row (Nov. 8-17) ... Portland continues a four-game Eastern Conference road trip tomorrow night against the Brooklyn Nets (7:30 p.m.) .... The Trail Blazers now lead the all-time series with the Raptors 24-10 ... Toronto travels to Portland on February 1.

• Portland made a season-high 15 three-pointers ... The Trail Blazers shot .469 (15-for-32) from beyond the arc ... The last time Portland made 15 three’s was Jan. 11, 2013 at Golden State ... Toronto shot a season-low .176 (3-for-17) from three-point downtown.

• Toronto scored a season-best 62 points in the paint, while holding the Trail Blazers to 28 points in the key.

• The Raptors out rebounded Portland 51-46 ... Toronto has out rebounded its opponent in eight of 11 games.

• Rudy Gay scored a game-high 30 points on 12-for-27 shooting from the floor ... He added 10 rebounds in 42 minutes for his fourth double-double ... Gay has now scored 20+ points six times this season and is the only is the only Raptor to score in double figures every game.

• DeMar DeRozan contributed 29 points, including 17 in the first half ... He added three rebounds and three assists in 47 minutes ... DeRozan has totaled 66 points over the last two games (Nov. 15-17).

• Jonas Valanciunas recorded a season-high 19 points and nine rebounds in 35 minutes ... He shot 8-for-11 from the floor and 3-for-3 at the free throw line ... Valanciunas reached double figures scoring for the fifth time this season.

• Kyle Lowry dished out a season-high 10 assists ... He added 10 points and seven rebounds in 45 minutes ... It was his frist double-double this season ... Lowry has dished out six our more rebounds in each of the last three games (Nov. 13-17).

• LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard led the Trail Blazers with 25 points apiece ... Aldridge collected 11 rebounds in 42 minutes and has now registered a double-double in five straight contests (Nov. 9-17) ... Lillard scored 21 of his 25 points in the second half, including seven in overtime ... Lillard poured in 20+ points for the sixth time this year.

• Nicolas Batum added a season-high 24 points and six boards in 41 minutes ... He shot 8-for-15 from the field, including 5-for-8 from three-point range.

• The Trail Blazers' 8-2 start marks its best record through 10 games since 1999-2000 (9-1).



Nicolas Batum

Thoughts On Yours And Damian Lillard's Play In Overtime:
"Damian’s three saved us. They had momentum and the crowd was back into it and the three he made to tie the game was huge. Then I made two threes, I was wide open the first time so I took it and the second time we just moved the ball pretty well into the corner."

How Important Was It To Get The Victory After Having A 17-Point Lead?:
“This wasn’t the first time we have done it. Like four or five times in a row we had a good lead and had to close out the game and the other team came back. It paid off right now because we won the game in overtime but we have to close the game when you are up 15, 18 [points] with seven minutes to go, we have to close the game. They came back and Rudy (Gay) hit an easy lay-up at the end. The thing is we regrouped ourselves again and did a pretty good job in overtime. We controlled the game got the ball inside and tried to get open shots."


Damian Lillard

Thoughts On Your Three:
“We have a lot of guys, that could have been anybody. I just happened to be in the situation to make a play. The three, we were down three, the shot clock was running down and I knew I needed to raise up. I am just happy it went in."

How Do You Explain Their Comeback?:
“They got aggressive and we got passive. They started to attack us on the offensive end, they got some and-ones and they hit some threes. We struggled on offence, we started to kind of stall, be a little passive, few turnovers, missed shots and they found their way back into the game.”

Thoughts On Your Play In The Second Half:
“I was really just trying to get guys going then I made my first shot and missed some shots. I knew that it would come along and once it got down the stretch I forgot about rest of the game. I was going to attack and try and make plays regardless. I was able to hit some shots and find some guys with some passes. ”


Terry Stotts

Thoughts On Overtime:
“The overtime we played well, particularly defensively. Obviously we made some shots. Toronto did a great job of getting back into the game. I think they scored on nine straight possessions, got the crowd into it and for whatever reason it obviously got to overtime. I was proud of the way we competed in overtime, made plays, and got the win in overtime. ”

On The Ball Movement Overtime:
“That’s one of our strengths. I thought in the first half we moved the ball really well, and even in the second half we missed some shots but I think we’re playing pretty unselfishly and to find the open man. We have enough good shooters that if you give them time they’re going to make more than their share of shots.”


Rudy Gay

Thoughts On Portland's Three-Point Shooting:
“It’s tough when they are knocking down shots like that. No matter how much we rotate, move it around, and switch, it’s tough to play when a team has it going. I’m not happy they made shots but I’m happy with the effort we put forth. For the most part, a lot of them were contested and that’s all you can ask for when they are shooting the ball like that. ”

Do You Get The Sense The Team Is Closer To Winning These Tight Games?:
“It’s tough when you put forth so much effort and still come out with the “L”. All you can do is take the good out of it. Honestly today the good was that JV (Jonas Valanciunas) protected the paint, we challenged most of their three’s. Not every day a team is going to play like that. Not every day a team is going to move the ball and shoot that many three’s and make them. It’s something we can take to the next game and use the same effort. Hopefully the shots will not fall the way they did today.”


Jonas Valanciunas

Thoughts On Portland's Three-Point Shooting:
“They were attacking very well. They have big men and wings that can shoot. They have a really good offence so that makes it hard for us. ”

Thoughts On Portland:
“They are playing a really good inside and out game right now. We were double teaming the low post and that’s how they got all the open looks on the three point line. ”


Dwayne Casey

Thoughts On Portland's Three-Point Shooting:
“They are one of the few teams that keeps three three-point shooters on the floor at all times and that stretches your defense. That’s why they are second in the West at 8-2. They are a very good team and we knew going in that they were going to stretch our defense. We got back in by really forcing them but they just have too many shooters to close it down for 48 minutes.”

Are You Concerned By The Lack Of Ball Movement On Your Team?:
“Always. We definitely want there to be movement. We have our limitations from that standpoint but we want to move the ball, set screens, move the ball from side-to-side. Again, we’ve got to do a better job of that and that’s where we’ve got to find ourselves offensively, in ball movement.”

What's Quincy (Acy) Doing TO Get Himself Minutes?:
“He’s playing hard, he’s really working hard. He turned his ankle really bad, tried to come back in. But he gives us that toughness, that rebounding. He and Tyler (Hansbrough) both do a great job of giving us grit and grind in the paint and that’s what is keeping him on the floor.”

Your Record Is 4-7 But Your Are Still Right There In The East:
“The league hasn’t gone anywhere. Our whole thing is not let the cloud of gloom come in. The East is open. We’ve got to maintain our focus, our positive approach, keep growing, keep getting better offensively and get better ball movement. Keep our defense, we held this team to 44 percent, who is one of the better offensive teams in the league. It was a challenge but our defense is not where it needs to be but it’s closer than our offense.”