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McCollum scores 29, Trail Blazers beat Raptors


PORTLAND, Ore. – CJ McCollum had 29 points and Damian Lillard added 24 to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a 118-113 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Monday night.

The Blazers, who were playing the second of a back-to-back, improved to 6-1 at home.

OG Anunoby had 27 points for the Raptors, who have lost five of six. Pascal Siakam added 20.

Larry Nance Jr.’s alley-oop dunk gave Portland a 99-89 lead in the final quarter. McCollum’s 3-pointer pushed it to 105-92.

The Raptors rallied with a 9-0 run, pulling to 105-101 on Fred VanVleet’s 3-pointer with 5:34 left. Portland didn’t let Toronto get any closer, and Lillard’s 3 stretched the Blazers’ lead to 110-101.

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VanVleet made consecutive 3-pointers to narrow it to 112-111 with 1:51 to go. After Norman Powell made free throws for Portland, McCollum hit a jumper to make it a five-point game. Nance’s dunk all but sealed the win with 38.5 seconds left.

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Nance finished with 15 points off the bench.

Lillard was questionable before the game because of an abdominal strain, but he started. Lillard missed the Blazers’ loss at Denver on Sunday night with the injury.

Lillard has had a slow start to the season, averaging 20 points a game, well off his average last season.

VanVleet returned to the Raptors after missing a game with groin soreness, but center Precious Achiuwa missed a second straight game with right shoulder tendinitis.

Toronto led by 14 early and went into the second quarter up 33-24. Anunoby had 14 points, including four 3-pointers in the opening quarter alone.

The Blazers ended the first half on a 9-0 run to take a 61-60 lead at the break.

Portland stretched the lead to eight in the third quarter, but Toronto tied it at 85 going into the final period on Malachi Flynn’s driving layup.

Lillard and McCollum hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Blazers a 93-85 lead.

TIP-INS

Raptors: It was the first of a six-game road trip. … Gary Trent Jr. played his first two-plus seasons in Portland. … All five of Toronto’s starters were in double figures.

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Trail Blazers: The Blazers are 6-1 at home this season, but 1-7 on the road. … Lillard had 10 of his 16 first-half points in the second quarter. … Portland was coming off a 1-3 road trip. … Lillard had eight assists. … McCollum had six 3-pointers.

UP NEXT

The Raptors visit the Utah Jazz on Thursday.

The Trail Blazers host the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday.

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