Lillard big in OT for Portland

The Associated PressNovember 18, 2013 

TORONTO — A steady hand and cool demeanor helped Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers.

Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge each scored 25 points, Nicolas Batum had a season-high 24, and the Trail Blazers won their sixth consecutive game with a 118-110 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday.

Lillard was 3-for-3 from the floor in the extra period, and the Blazers escaped after blowing a 17-point lead in regulation.

“We didn’t have a reason to be all riled up,” Lillard said. “They played well getting back into the game. I think we were calm because we knew what we needed to do to win the game, and we were able to get that done.”

Toronto’s Rudy Gay forced overtime with a buzzer-beating layup. He tied a season high with 30 points to go with 10 rebounds.

“The overtime we played well, especially defensively,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said. “I was proud of the way we competed in overtime, made plays and got the win.”

The Blazers made a season-high 15 3-pointers. The Raptors hit just three.

“It’s tough when they’re knocking down shots like that,” Gay said. “No matter how much we rotate, move it around and switch, it’s tough to play when a team has it going. I’m not happy they made shots, but I’m happy with the effort we put forth.”

Portland’s long-range accuracy wasn’t a surprise to Raptors coach Dwane Casey.

“(They’re) one of the best offensive teams that we’ve seen,” Casey said before the game. “I think as far as scoring the basketball, averaging 103 points a game, they are a very explosive offensive team, so we’ve got to be on point. We’ve got to guard the 3-point line.”

Though Lillard wasn’t thrilled with the fourth-quarter collapse, he was pleased with the way his team responded after it.

“We could have folded,” he said. “Once we got to overtime, on the bench we just said, ‘We need to get some stops. We need to execute and pull this game out.’ Then we went on the floor and we did it.”

The News Tribune is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service