This was not a good night from the floor for the Raptors, who shot just 28 per cent in the first half and fell behind 69-46 late into the third quarter. But the Raptors' reserves once again sparked a comeback, using defence in a 17-4 run that spanned the third and fourth quarters and cut the deficit to 73-65.
Brandon Roy checked back into the game shortly after that and jump-started a 17-4 run by the Blazers to cement a winless road trip for the Raptors and a fourth straight loss overall in Portland.
Roy dropped a game-high 26 points with half coming in the second quarter alone, but he did his best work early in each period. He was the first Blazer to score in each frame and 13 of his points came on personal runs to open quarters. He finished 9-18 from the floor and a perfect 8-8 at the foul line.
His assists were down, but Roy approached this game with an intent to score. "I think I've got to be aggressive from the start," he told Steve Brandon of NBA.com post-game. "The first three games I was, and then I took a back seat."
Julian Wright provided a spark off the bench in his second game with significant minutes as his defence and energy were a big part of the run in the third. He finished with 11 points (3-6 FGM-A) and three steals.
"If the offence is there, it's there," Wright said post-game to Paul Jones. "We have a lot of high-powered players on the offensive end so there's no reason for me to think about competing for shots or searching for shots. I'm out there just trying to play D, just do little things and I think my intangibles shine when I get out there."
"Get to the free throw line. Let’s go somewhere where we can find ways to score, put them in foul trouble and get some of their guys out. Go to the bench and look for a better combination. Move the ball, keep taking the shots, and you hope that you’re not going to keep having nights like tonight where we missed a lot."
- Jay Triano, on how to score when shots aren't falling.
Mon., Nov. 8 vs. Warriors
7 PM ET, Sportsnet One, FAN590
The Raptors return home and face another challenge in the form of the Golden State Warriors. Led by by dynamic backcourt duo of Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry, the Warriors have bolted out to a 4-1 start. Under new head coach Keith Smart, the Warriors have sacrificed some of their near league-leading offence for holding opponents with better defence but it's paying dividends in the form of the team's best start in 16 years.
|25||Blazers points off 21 Raptors turnovers|
|36.8%||Overall shooting percentage for the Raptors|
|11||Assists for Raptors. Two less than Andre Miller|
|46-15||Bench scoring favouring the Raptors|
|948||Consecutive games with a 3-pointer for the Raptors|
|“At times tonight I think we tried to [press], but nothing was falling for us. I had a tough game tonight, and I think everybody did. I think that’s what really hurt us."|
- DeMar DeRozan, on pressing when shots aren't falling
|"We got off to somewhat of a slow start again but I thought we did a good job of our game plan defending these guys, making them go over the top."|
- Blazers head coach Nate McMillan on execution
|"I've been working hard the whole summer, I am healthy, so I knew it was a matter of time until I'd get back to my game."|
- Jose Calderon, on another strong game