3:30 PM ET, December 8, 2002
Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
Portland outscored Toronto 44-18 in the paint.
The injury-plagued Raptors, who have lost nine of 12, were without Davis, who is sidelined with a swollen right knee.
''We took advantage of them not having their big man in the middle,'' Wells said. ''We knew Antonio Davis wasn't going to play. We knew it was going to be a little light on the inside. We made it a focus.''
Davis doesn't expect to travel with the Raptors for their game in Cleveland on Wednesday night.
''Right now there is just a lot of bleeding and swelling around the knee,'' Davis said. ''The pictures that we saw show some aggravated cartilage. I had the same thing last year. I sat out four or five days, the swelling went down and I got back to work and everything was fine. I'm hoping this is the case this time.''
|“||It's really not a distraction for us because that's just life. We all grew up in the 'hood. Stuff like this happens. As long as there is no death in the family, it's really not that serious. ”|
|— Bonzi Wells, on the Blazers' recent off-court incidents|
Davis left a game against Chicago on Friday night in the second quarter with the injury and didn't return. Davis is averaging 13.5 points and 8.3 rebounds.
Vince Carter scored 25 points for the Raptors, but he wasn't on the court when the Trail Blazers pulled away, bridging the third and fourth quarters with a 16-4 run.
Wells shot 12-for-18 from the field, and made all four his free throw attempts.
Derek Anderson scored 18 for the Trail Blazers, who shot 59 percent from the field.
''It is tough to have Antonio's scoring, presence and rebounding absent,'' Carter said.
The Trail Blazers played the first game of a five-game road trip after going 2-3 on their troubled recent homestand.
Damon Stoudamire and Wallace pleaded innocent this week to misdemeanor marijuana possession charges stemming from a traffic stop late last month, and reserve forward Ruben Patterson was fined $100,000 by the team Thursday for ''conduct detrimental to the team, the organization, its fans and the city of Portland.''
Patterson was arrested Nov. 25 for alleged domestic assault. Although the Washington County prosecutor decided not to press charges, the Trail Blazers have also asked that Patterson receive counseling in addition to the fine.
''It's really not a distraction for us because that's just life. We all grew up in the 'hood. Stuff like this happens. As long as there is no death in the family, it's really not that serious,'' Wells said.
Alvin Williams' 3-pointer cut Portland's lead to two late in the third quarter, but Portland moved ahead with their 16-4 run.
Wells started the burst with a jumper and two free throws, Anderson converted a three-point play and Wallace made a 3-pointer.
Anderson's 3-pointer gave Portland a 14-point lead with 8:47 left.
Wells later made a jumper, and his 3-pointer made it 96-94 with 6:11 remaining.
After Dale Davis made a short jumper, Wells' uncontested layup gave Portland a 102-85 lead with just less than three minutes left.
The Raptors shot 6-for-18 from the field in the fourth quarter.
Morris Peterson had 22 points, but just two in the fourth. Carter was scoreless in the final quarter.
''They are a big team and they were just trying to pound it down low,'' Toronto's Michael Bradley said. ''They played a lot of zone, which was messing us up.''
Wells' 14 first-half points helped Portland build a 58-52 lead by the break. The Trail Blazers shot 64 percent in the first two quarters.
The Raptors shot 10-for-22 from 3-point range to stay in contention.
Toronto assistant coach Craig Neal got a double technical for complaining about a foul on Bradley in the second quarter. ... Fans booed Stoudamire, a former Raptor. ... Toronto center Nate Huffman played his first game of the season. He underwent arthroscopic surgery in October. He scored two points in two minutes.
Team Stat Comparison
|FGM-FGA||41-70 (.586)||36-80 (.450)|
|3PM-3PA||5-10 (.500)||10-22 (.455)|
|FTM-FTA||17-19 (.895)||9-16 (.563)|
|Fast Break Points||8||5|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||22 (2/0)||13 (2/0)|