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Raps Come Up Empty On Road Trip After Loss To Blazers
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FINAL SCORE
Toronto 98 109 BLAZERS
Jay Satur
March 14, 2010
Rose Garden
Portland, OR
IT WAS OVER WHEN...

The Raptors had one of their better third quarters during their current funk, but found themselves in an 11-point hole at halftime thanks to Portland's offensive rebounding and three-point shooting.

Toronto nearly regained the lead in the fourth, cutting the Portland advantage to just 93-91 on a Sonny Weems jumper with 6:15 to play, but Brandon Roy and Nicholas Batum combined to outscore the Raptors on an 8-2 run and they wouldn't threaten again.

THE GAME CHANGER

While LaMarcus Aldridge deserves plenty of consideration for his work on the offensive glass, Nicolas Batum was outstanding for the Blazers in the win.

Batum shared team-high honours with 22 points, shooting seven-of-nine from the floor and five-of-six from beyond the arc. He hit a pair of free throws in the decisive fourth-quarter run and followed with a dagger three-pointer that extended the lead back to double-digits with 1:11 to play.

THE UNDERRATED RAPTOR

Another solid effort from Amir Johnson, who continues to provide real results off the bench for the Raptors strictly based on his hustle around the rim.

Johnson pulled down more offensive rebounds (five) than the rest of his teammates combined (four) and translated that into offence with several tip-ins and putback dunks. In just under 22 minutes of work, Johnson finished six-of-10 from the floor for 13 points.

THAT'S A RAP

“I thought we competed pretty hard. At halftime we talked to our guys about doing a good job. The shots that they (Blazers) were making, we had hands in their face and they were still making shots and we knew they couldn’t continue to shoot like that, so if we just stayed up and stayed with what we were doing we’d have a chance in the game and we did, we got it to two, and unfortunately we couldn’t close the door."

- head coach Jay Triano on Sunday's loss.

3-GAME OUTLOOK

Wed., March 17 vs. Atlanta Hawks
9 PM ET (TSN2, FAN590)

GAME NOTES:
After going winless on their four-game West Coast road trip, the Raptors aim to regroup at ACC against the Hawks on Wednesday. The Hawks, who sit third in the East and second in the Southeast Division, have thumped Toronto in the first two matchups of their four-game season series. The Raptors were blown out 146-115 at Philips Arena on Dec. 5, and fell 111-89 at home on Dec. 11. The two teams will meet again in Atlanta on April 9.

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The Numbers
5 Consecutive losses for the Raptors, tying a season high
32-33 The Raptors' overall record, which is below .500 for the first time since Jan. 20
19-9 Offensive rebounding totals favouring the Blazers
12 Number of three-pointers for the Blazers, setting a new season high
4 Consecutive losses for the Raptors vs. the Blazers, the longest streak by either team in the 28-game history of the series.
They Said It...
Jarrett Jack "They did a good job of creating second-chance opportunities and took advantage of it…Obviously we didn’t play as well as we would’ve liked on the road. We’ll be glad to go home, get some work in and try to get a ‘W.’"
- Jarrett Jack, on the loss.
Jay Triano "I think we’re playing good. What we’re seeing now is this team is starting to get a feel. I’m starting to get a feel for them as far as our sets and plays that we can run and things we can do on the floor. Hopefully we get better – we should get better as we finish the season."
- Blazers head coach Nate McMillan on his team's recent play.
andrea bargnani "We still lost, but for sure nobody is feeling good right now. But if you want something good, we didn’t give up like the two games before this but it’s a very small consolation."
- Andrea Bargnani on feeling better about the Raptors' effort.