Blazers go cold as Raptors get even for earlier loss

Blazers go cold as Raptors get even for earlier loss

Blazers go cold as Raptors get even for earlier loss

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by Associated Press

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Posted on January 3, 2013 at 12:56 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 3 at 6:35 AM

TORONTO (AP) -- The last time they played Portland, the Toronto Raptors were at their worst. On Wednesday night, they showed just how much they've turned things around. Terrence Ross scored a career-high 26 points, DeMar DeRozan had 24 and the Raptors snapped an eight-game losing streak against Portland by beating the Trail Blazers 102-79.

"This team beat us by a lot last time," Ross said. "We had to get our revenge." Ross and the Raptors were bent on reversing what happened in their most recent meeting with the Blazers: an 18-point loss at Portland on Dec. 10.

"They were a lot more aggressive," Portland's Damian Lillard said. "Guys were in attack mode from start to finish. They played with a lot of confidence. They've been on a streak and you can tell that they're starting to believe."

Lillard led Portland with 18 points while LaMarcus Aldridge had 14 points and 10 rebounds. Wesley Matthews had 12 points and Nicolas Batum scored 10 for the Trail Blazers, who were coming off a 105-100 victory at New York on Tuesday night.

Davis and DeRozan were the only two starters to score for the Raptors. Along with Landry Field (seven points), Johnson and Ross, no other Toronto player scored until the fourth quarter. Jose Calderon had 13 assists and Kyle Lowry had nine for Toronto. "We owed them a little bit," Calderon said.

 

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