Notebook: Trail Blazers 92, Raptors 74



Posted Dec 11, 2012 1:35 AM

By Kerry Eggers, for NBA.com

THE FACTS: The Portland Trail Blazers set a league record for futility by going 0-for-20 from beyond the arc Monday night -- and still blew away Toronto 92-74 at the Rose Garden.
The previous NBA mark for 3-point inaccuracy was New York's 0-for-18 shooting in a game against New Jersey in 2010. LaMarcus Aldridge racked up 30 points and 12 rebounds as the Blazers (9-12) rebounded from a 99-80 home loss to Sacramento on Saturday night. J.J. Hickson added 16 points and 11 boards, picking up his 11th double-double of the season. DeMar DeRozan scored 20 points to lead the Raptors (4-18), who dropped their 11th straight road game and 11th in 12 games overall.
QUOTABLE: "I know -- we broke the record. For that record to be broken in a win is even more impressive."

-- Portland coach Terry Stotts on the Blazers setting an NBA record by missing all 20 3-point attempts.
THE STAT: Portland had a huge advantage in points in the paint -- 54-26. Said Stotts: "Is that a misprint? I'm speechless on that."
TURNING POINT: Portland led 75-68 midway through the fourth quarter when the Blazers ran up eight straight points to put the game on ice.
QUOTABLE II: "Wow. I didn't know that. We didn't make no 3s tonight? That's crazy. I wish I'd have shot one. I'd have probably made it."

-- Hickson, on the Blazers' 3-point inefficiency
HOT: Hickson shot no 3s but was 7-for-7 on 2-point attempts, scoring 16 points with 11 rebounds for his 11th double-double of the season.
NOT: Victor Claver, Damian Lillard and Luke Babbitt combined to shoot 6-for-35 from the field for Portland, including 0-for-13 on 3-pointers.
GOOD MOVE: Portland sat starting small forward Nicolas Batum to rest his aching back, and still won handily.
BAD MOVE: Amir Johnson got into a beef with referee David Jones in the third quarter and was quickly ejected with a pair of technical fouls. The Toronto forward threw his mouthpiece, hitting Jones in the back, before he was escorted from the floor by teammates and coaches.
QUOTABLE III: "I don't know what happened with Amir. He kind of lost his mind there a little bit."

-- Toronto coach Dwane Casey
NOTABLE: By the end of the game, five starters were missing from the team's lineups of the previous game due to injuries -- Batum and Wesley Matthews of Portland and Linas Kleiza of Toronto, who all sat out the game, and the Raptors' Andrea Bargnani and Kyle Lowry, who both went out during the game. Matthews missed the first game of his career after playing in 250 straight in his 3 1/2 NBA seasons.
UP NEXT: For the Raptors, Wednesday vs. Brooklyn, Friday vs. Dallas, Sunday vs. Houston. For the Trail Blazers, Thursday vs. San Antonio, Sunday vs. New Orleans, Dec. 20 vs. Denver.