Published: Mon, March 04, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Leonard's clutch shot lifts Raptors over Blazers

Leonard's clutch shot lifts Raptors over Blazers

"If it had gone straight in, it nearly would have been better".

Leonard scored 10 points in the second and Toronto led 61-54 at halftime.

Before a question about the team's recent play had been finished, Lillard blurted his answer.

Trail Blazers: Slowed by foul trouble, C Jusuf Nurkic did not attempt a shot in five first-half minutes. The Raptors are now in second place in the Eastern Conference, and the Blazers could use all the help that they could get. Boston getting beaten by Trail Blazers was a shocking moment for the city. I'm going with the Toronto Raptors. The Raptors made their final six shots of the game.

Turner has been dealing with knee soreness and missed the previous three games.

Gasol's 19 points were his most with Toronto. He had 16 points and six rebounds against the Celtics.

"He was really good tonight", Nurse said. "Like all of a sudden his rust was immediately gone, did a little bit of everything".

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Portland lost for the first time in nine games against Atlantic Division opponents. Their record against the spread is 4-0, with an average pre-game line of -1.9 and an ATS average result of 9.9.

The Trail Blazers were missing Enes Kanter, who was concerned about crossing the border after Turkish prosecutors said they're seeking an global arrest warrant for the player, accusing him of membership in a terrorist organization.

The Blazers center was not on or anywhere near the court as his team faced the Toronto Raptors on the road Friday due to fear of a "red notice" placed on him by the Turkish government for his criticism of president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

But this time, sitting alone at the team's shootaround as his teammates engaged in shooting games, his words seemed more definitive, more certain.

Raptors: Visit Detroit on Sunday. The proof of this came Friday against the Blazers when he not only hit the game-winner but had a huge game in the process. CJ McCollum has averaged 3.1 made 3-pointers and scored 22 points over the last 10 games for Portland.

Leonard continued his strong first season with the Raptors.

After slowly bringing the ball up the floor, Leonard made a cut to the right before planting his right leg and burying a fade-away jumper from the baseline with just 1.5 seconds left on the clock.

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