Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 12/8

Game 1: Sunday, December 8th
Trail Blazers104Final
Game 2: Wednesday, March 12th
Trail Blazers125

Raptors 103

(20-42, 8-23 away)

Trail Blazers 125

(42-22, 22-10 home)

    7:00 PM ET, March 12, 2003

    Moda Center, Portland, OR

    1 2 3 4 T
    TOR 27 20 16 40103
    POR 28 37 32 28125

    Top Performers

    Toronto: V. Carter 21 Pts, 3 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

    Portland: D. Stoudamire 20 Pts, 7 Reb, 7 Ast, 2 Stl

    Stoudamire comes up clutch for Blazers

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Damon Stoudamire got 15 minutes notice that he would be starting against his former team. Turns out it was plenty of time to get ready.

     Damon Stoudamire

    Called on to start when Scottie Pippen had knee trouble, Stoudamire had 20 points, seven rebounds and seven assists as the Portland Trail Blazers routed the Toronto Raptors 125-103 Wednesday night.

    Stoudamire, who has expressed frustration over his playing time and has been benched in 23 games, made just his 10th start.

    "Scottie has set the tone all season long, and I just tried to come out and keep everyone involved," Stoudamire said.

    Despite Stoudamire's diminished minutes, Blazers coach Maurice Cheeks didn't think twice about starting the 5-foot-10 point guard.

    "He had been the first guard off the bench the last few games,so when I found out Scottie wasn't playing it was a no-brainer for me to put Damon in the starting lineup," Cheeks said. "I knew he would start out right away giving us some energy because that's what he does when he comes off the bench."

    The Blazers, winners of three straight and seven of their last nine, also did not start Bonzi Wells, who was coming off a one-game team-imposed suspension.

    Portland outscored Toronto 37-20 in the second quarter to take a 65-47 lead. When Blazers went up 81-55 in the third quarter, Toronto's Vince Carter shook his head in frustration. He responded with a 20-foot fadeaway jumper, but he couldn't rally his teammates.

    Derek Anderson's 3-pointer put the Blazers up 87-57, and Portland led by as many as 36. Anderson finished with 18 points.

    Carter had 21 points to lead the Raptors, who have lost three straight.

    "That was a disgrace," said Toronto coach Lenny Wilkens, who suggested he may shake up the starting lineup.

    "I think you all understand and the team understands that we can't keep talking about getting better," Carter said. "This is ridiculous. We've got to do something about it."

    Wells scored seven points in 18 minutes after a one-game suspension by coach Maurice Cheeks for conduct detrimental to the team. Wells reportedly argued with Cheeks during practice on Monday. He did not play in Portland's 92-77 victory over the SuperSonics in Seattle Tuesday night.

    Ruben Patterson, who started in Wells' place, left the game in the fourth quarter after re-aggravating a groin injury. He finished with 14 points.

    Wells has missed four games this season because of suspensions. In November he served a one-game suspension by the league for spitting on San Antonio's Danny Ferry. The next month, he was suspended by the league for two games for his part in a post-game brawl with the Golden State Warriors.

    Asked if he'll continue to start Patterson rather than Wells, Cheeks was vague.

    "Not necessarily," he said. "We've been winning games with that lineup, so I went with it."

    Game notes
    Toronto forward Jerome Williams did not dress for the second straight game because of a sprained neck. ... Blazers guard Jeff McInnis left the game midway through the fourth quarter, holding his face in a towel after being fouled. The team reported he hurt his nose and was being examined by doctors. ... The Raptors have gone 8-23 overall on the road, and have won just one of their last 10 road games against Western Conference teams. ... It was the fifth most points the Raptors had ever surrendered.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 103 125
    FGM-FGA 44-85 (.518) 50-78 (.641)
    3PM-3PA 5-15 (.333) 9-15 (.600)
    FTM-FTA 10-16 (.625) 16-22 (.727)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-34 6-36
    Assists 25 35
    Turnovers 11 8
    Steals 6 6
    Blocks 3 4
    Fast Break Points 4 9
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 16 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Vince Carter Carter
    Points: 21
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Damon Stoudamire Stoudamire
    Points: 20
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0