Aldridge's big effort leads Blazers past Raptors
Forward has 33 points, 23 rebounds
Friday, January 20, 2012
TORONTO — LaMarcus Aldridge had a season-high 33 points and a career-best 23 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Raptors 94-84 on Friday to hand Toronto its seventh consecutive loss.
Raymond Felton scored 14 points, and Marcus Camby and Gerald Wallace each had 10 rebounds as Portland won its seventh straight over Toronto. The Trail Blazers have not lost to the Raptors since a 101-100 overtime defeat on Dec. 22, 2006.
Portland outrebounded Toronto 55 to 40.
Aldridge had 23 points and 11 rebounds in the first half. His previous career high in rebounds was 19 against Milwaukee on Dec. 20, 2010. His career high in points is 42, set against Chicago on Feb. 7, 2011.
James Johnson had a career-high 23 points and DeMar DeRozan scored 22 for the Raptors, who have lost nine of 10.
Leandro Barbosa scored 17, Ed Davis had 10 rebounds and Jose Calderon 13 assists for Toronto, which opens a five-game trip Sunday at the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Trail Blazers led 71-60 to begin the fourth and pushed their lead to 78-62 with 8:15 left. Toronto cut the lead in half, with DeRozan’s running jump shot making it 84-76 with 4:23 to go, but the Raptors were unable to get any closer.
Dunks by Johnson and Davis gave Toronto an early 4-0 lead but Portland responded with an 11-0 run and never looked back. Aldridge scored 12 points and Camby had nine rebounds to give the Trail Blazers a 27-14 lead after one quarter.
Portland piled on from there, opening a 21-point lead in the second. Despite briefly heading to the locker room with a lower back strain, Aldridge soon returned and helped Portland take a 47-32 lead at the break. Toronto’s first-half point total was a season low.
Notes: Camby returned to the starting lineup against his former team after missing the previous three games with a sprained left ankle. ... Batum returned after leaving Wednesday’s loss at Atlanta when he was poked in the left eye. ... Toronto was without leading scorer Andrea Bargnani for the fifth straight game. Coach Dwane Casey said Bargnani will return to practice Saturday.