Terrence Ross

Toronto earns win in Ross' first start

Former Jefferson standout leads big third-quarter comeback
March 10, 2013

TORONTO - A tired, sore team worked in favor of Terrence Ross Sunday as he made his first NBA start and helped the Toronto Raptors rally from a 17-point deficit to beat Cleveland 100-96 at the Air Canada Centre.

Ross scored 10 of his 14 points in the third quarter as the Raptors outscored the Cavs 33-19 as  part of their comeback.

Toronto shuffled its lineup after small forward Rudy Gay sat out with a stiff back and Andrea Bargnani was unavailable do to a strained right elbow.

Ross has played sparingly since the Raptors acquired Gay in a trade with Memphis, Jan. 30. He's played more than 10 minutes in just five of 15 games since Gay joined the team, and did not play in Friday's 118-116 overtime loss at Los Angeles in which Gay made just seven of 26 shots from the field.

On the season, Ross, who left the University of Washington after his sophomore season, is averaging 5.9 points per game, but is shooting just 38 percent from the field.

Toronto is 25-39 on the season and in ninth place in the Eastern Conference, although they're 8.5 games from eighth-place Milwaukie with 18 games remaining in the regular season.


Blazers have overtime magic again

Batum, Aldridge, Hickson lead Portland past Orlando in overtime
Jan. 7, 2013

Wesley Matthews thinks the Trail Blazers are better suited for overtime.

That made it tough on the Orlando Magic, who were handed their ninth straight loss in Portland's 125-119 overtime victory on Monday night. The Blazers have won all five of their games that have gone into extra periods this season.

LaMarcus Aldridge led the Blazers with 27 points and 10 rebounds, and Matthews finished with 24 points - including a dunk that all but sealed it with less than a minute left.

Both teams were clearly exhausted by the end.

"It's alright. We'll take it,'' Matthews said. "For whatever reason, this team is built for overtime. I'd rather not go into it, I'd rather win it in regulation. But we dug deep.''

J.J. Hickson added 20 points and 15 rebounds for his 20th double-double this season for the Blazers, who have won three straight overall and 11 of their last 14 games. It was Portland's eighth straight win at the Rose Garden.

Nicolas Batum, who finished with 16 points and 10 assists, said Portland's OT successes are a credit to how well the players have come to know each other.

"The way we play in overtime, we stay focused. We talk,'' Batum said. "We just stay together.''

Aldridge hit a layup and a free throw that put Portland ahead 112-108 with 3:38 in overtime. After the Magic tied it at 112 on J.J. Redick's hook shot, Blazers rookie Damian Lillard made a pull-up jumper to reclaim the lead.

Lillard added a floater to extend it and Hickson had a fast-break dunk for a 118-112 lead. Matthews punctuated the run with his dunk with 54.9 seconds left and Portland cruised the rest of the way.

Redick led the Magic with 29 points, while Arron Afflalo had 24. Nikola Vucevic had 17 points and 13 rebounds.

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 Getting ready to play his fourth road game in five nights, Nicolas Batum said he felt sluggish during warmups Saturday night at Minnesota.

"I was like, "Let's play this game and get out of here,''' he said. "I was tired.''

It was the Timberwolves, though, who looked and played how Batum felt.

Batum and Wesley Matthews each made five 3s and scored 26 points to lead the Portland Trail Blazers over the injury-depleted Timberwolves 102-97.

"I got tired I think when I got 31 here a couple years ago,'' Batum said, recalling a 31-point performance at Minnesota in 2010 - he had five 3s in that game as well.

"I was tired,'' he said.

Imagine if he had actually felt energized.

The Blazers tied a franchise record with 16 3-pointers and withstood a fourth-quarter rally by the Timberwolves to win for the 10th time in 13 games and finish their four-game road trip with a 3-1 record.

"If you shoot the 3 that well, you should probably win by more than five,'' Portland coach Terry Stotts said.

Nikola Pekovic led the Wolves with 21 points but left the game in the third quarter because of a left hip strain. Only hours earlier, Minnesota learned it lost star forward Kevin Love to a broken right hand for the second time this season when an MRI confirmed the injury.

The banged-up Timberwolves - who dressed only 10 players - also played without point guard Ricky Rubio, who sat out with back spasms.

Afterward, coach Rick Adelman bemoaned his team's flat play in the first three quarters before suddenly coming to life in the end.

"The league doesn't stop for you, there's nobody coming over the mountain for us, it's who we've got right now,'' Adelman said. "And that's what we have to do, and everybody has to step up.''

The Blazers led by as many as 22 before Derrick Williams fueled a 26-8 run with 18 points in the fourth quarter. His two-handed dunk with 1:19 to play cut Portland's lead to 96-94. Williams rebounded a miss from Damian Lillard on the ensuing possession, but J.J. Barea threw the ball out of bounds with 50 seconds left.

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TORONTO - Terrence Ross made an impression that he's got some potential for Rookie of the Year Wednesday night.

Ross, in his first year out of Washington, scored a career-high 26 points, DeMar DeRozan had 24 and the Toronto 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, the final game in an 0-5 road trip in which starters Kyle Lowry and Andrea Bargnani left injured, Amir Johnson was ejected for throwing his mouthguard at a referee and the Blazers won despite setting an NBA record for shooting futility, missing all 20 of their 3-point attempts.

"They hit bottom when they came to Portland,'' Blazers coach Terry Stotts said before the rematch.

Things sure have changed. This was Toronto's eighth win in nine games, a surge that has wiped out talk of coaching changes and locker room discord.

"That was one of our low points of the season,'' Raptors coach Dwane Casey said of the December blowout in Oregon. "Two star players getting hurt, everybody kind of looking at each other crossways, the whole organization, everybody talking about firings.

Damian Lillard had 18 points and seven assists to lead the Blazers, who got a combined 24 points from LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum.

Ross topped his season high by seven points despite not starting, which he has yet to do this season. Toronto won despite three of its starters not scoring - at all.


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Big Saturday awaits Oregon's Big 3

Jones, Moser and Ross get national attention with big games

The trio of former Oregon prep basketball stars will be in line for national attention Saturday as they all face entertaining match-ups, two of which will be televised nationally.

Terrence Ross, a standout at Jefferson High in Portland, will lead Washington against Duke at Madison Square Garden, beginning at 9 a.m. on CBS. Ross is averaging 16.6 points per game for the Huskies, who are 4-3 against a slew of solid opponents.

Former Grant High standout Mike Moser, who is averaging 15.8 points and 12.5 rebounds per game, leads UNLV against Wisconsin Saturday night.

And Terrence Jones, one of the nation's top professional prospects, leads Kentucky against Indiana Saturday at 2:15 p.m., averaging 15 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.

Jesuit grat Kyle Wiltjer is playing a key role as a reserve for Kentucky, averaging 6.4 points per game in limited action.

Oregon (6-2) begins a seven-game homestand Saturday against Fresno State.

Oregon State (7-1) plays host to Idaho Friday in the start of a five-game homestand.

Portland State (5-2) plays at Utah Valley in Orem, Utah, to start a stretch of games in which it plays on the road six times in seven outings. The Vikings play at Oregon Monday and at Oregon State, Dec. 18.

Portland (3-6) plays host to Ohio University Saturday.



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