Think of the following as a “casual Friday” review. Or like the way Portland played when they let Toronto back in…
Led by Jerryd Bayless’ four three pointers, Toronto pulled ahead late against the Blazers, who basically fell asleep at the wheel. After dominating most of three quarters, the Blazers went through a few minutes of maliase not unlike this:
After dutifully taking their knocks—or giving Tornto a little false hope and a “good effort” handshake—the Blazers finally stood up straight and put down the uppity Raptors, who have now lost 16 of their last 17 games.
Rudy Fernandez tied a career-high with six three’s in the first half, but lost his touch in the second. LaMarcus Aldridge, meanwhile, was his steady self. He finished with a game-high 37 points and 10 rebounds.
Simple stuff, made a bit harder by the Blazers’ momentary malfescense, then finally sewn up. On to Detroit.