PORTLAND, Ore., Nov. 13 (Ticker) --
A year ago at the Rose Garden,
Lamond Murray missed a potential tying 3-pointer at the buzzer.
This time, he made it - a fraction of a second too late.
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Murray's 3-pointer was determined by replay to be too late as
the Toronto Raptors wasted a comeback from a 20-point
second-half deficit in a 105-102 loss to the Portland Trail
Toronto trailed, 103-100, after former Raptor Damon Stoudamire
made two free throws with 12 seconds left. Murray had his first
3-pointer blocked by Zach Randolph but corraled the rebound,
stepped behind the arc and fired as the horn sounded.
The shot splashed through, and players and coaches came off
Toronto's bench claiming the shot should count. But a replay
review showed the ball was still in Murray's hands when the
buzzer went off.
In last season's meeting here on November 11, Murray back-rimmed
a 3-pointer that would have sent the game into overtime,
allowing Portland to escape with an 83-80 win.
Stoudamire, who scored a season-high 20 points, saved the Trail
Blazers with six points in the last 1:43, including four free
throws that preserved the victory.
With Toronto trailing, 90-75, Jalen Rose spearheaded a comeback
by scoring 13 of his 21 points as part of a 25-8 burst. Two
3-pointers by Rafer Alston, who scored 27 points, gave the
Raptors a 100-98 lead.
Chris Bosh scored eight points during the surge and finished 17
and eight rebounds.
The Raptors rallied without All-Star Vince Carter, who scored
just four points on 2-of-9 shooting and sat for the entire
Derek Anderson scored 16 points in the third quarter and Zach
Randolph added 11 in the period as Portland scored 35 points and
built an 83-65 lead. Randolph had 27 points and 16 rebounds
and Anderson scored 19 points.