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Blake's 3-pointer stuns Raptors

Dec 7, 2008 - 10:47 PM TORONTO (Ticker) -- Steve Blake scored 19 points and hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with eight seconds left, lifting the Portland Trail Blazers to a 98-97 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 20 points and eight rebounds for the Blazers, who completed a 4-1 road trip.

Brandon Roy had 19 points seven rebounds and five assists for Portland, which overcame a huge fourth-quarter run by Toronto.

"It was a nice way to end our road trip after a tough loss to Boston," Portland coach Nate McMillan said.

Jermaine O'Neal scored 24 points and Chris Bosh added 19 for Toronto, which fell to 0-2 under interim coach Jay Triano. Triano took over for Sam Mitchell, who was fired on Wednesday after an 8-9 start.

"I thought we fought hard and guys were trying and now we just have to keep believing in the system," O'Neal said. "It's a process but we can still be competitive and we'll get this thing turned around."

The Raptors used a 17-5 run to take a 95-90 lead with 3:41 to play. Bosh hit a jumper to make it 97-95 with 27 seconds left.

Roy tried to answer, but his runner was off the mark. After several failed offensive putbacks, the ball was corralled and kicked out to Blake, who drilled a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 8.4 seconds left.

"I get a lot of threes off offensive rebounds because everyone is collapsing and I end up with an open look," Blake said. "On that last play I got the ball and I was open so I just stayed aggressive and took the shot."

Blake's 3-pointer was the 12th of the game for Portland, which had five players in double figures.

On the ensuing possession, Bosh drove to the right side against Aldridge and fired a runner off the top of the backboard as time expired.

"I was just trying to play him for the drive and I was able to keep him away from the rim," Aldridge said.

Jose Calderon had 15 points and 13 assists for the Raptors, who have lost four straight.