Power forward LaMarcus Aldridge led the Portland Trail Blazers to their sixth consecutive victory, scoring 25 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in a 118-110 overtime road win over the Toronto Raptors.
Four other Portland players also scored in double figures Sunday night at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, with point guard Damian Lillard tallying 25 points - including seven in overtime - and small forward Nicolas Batum adding 24.
Guards Wesley Matthews and Mo Williams scored 17 points and 13 points, respectively.
Although the Blazers squandered an 11-point lead with two minutes remaining in regulation, with forward Rudy Gay tying the game at 102-102 with a layup at the buzzer, they regained complete control once overtime got underway.
Gay was the statistical leader for the Raptors in a losing effort, scoring 30 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
Guard DeMar DeRozan also had a big offensive night with 29 points, while Lithuanian center Jonas Valanciunas scored 19 and hauled down nine rebounds.
Point guard Kyle Lowry dished out 10 assists and scored 10 points for Toronto but missed eight of his 11 field-goal attempts, including six of his seven tries from behind the 3-point line.
The Blazers improved to 8-2 with the win and are one game back of the Western Conference-leading San Antonio Spurs, while the Raptors fell to 4-7. EFE