Jack had 22 points, a career-high nine rebounds and eight
assists and Portland won without the suspended Randolph, 93-83 over
the Toronto Raptors on Sunday.
Martell Webster added 22 points and eight rebounds for the Trail
Blazers, who won for just the second time in nine games.
Randolph made an obscene gesture to Pacers fans in Indiana on
Friday and Blazers management responded by suspending him for one
game and fining him. LaMarcus Aldridge, the No. 2 pick in the
draft, started in place of Randolph and had three points and three
Jack said with a smile that his teammates didn't tell him early
enough that he was close to a triple double.
"They didn't tell me that I needed two assists and a rebound
until maybe a minute to go. It's kind of tough to try to get it,
but I'm more than happy with the win," Jack said.
Portland coach Nate McMillan met with Jack before the game and
told him he didn't want anybody trying to match what Randolph does.
"I talked to him about leadership. With Zach not being here
today we really needed him to take control and take over as a
leader," McMillan said. "He was the guy who set the tone for us
from the start."
Jack called his performance terrible after he had five turnovers
and just six points in Friday's loss. He rebounded against Toronto
-- making his first seven shots and finishing 9-for-15 from the
field. The second-year point guard had 30 points and 10 assists in
a victory over Milwaukee on Wednesday before struggling against
"He played great and he's been great. He's making a name for
himself in this league," Webster said.
Toronto All-Star Chris Bosh missed Sunday's game and will miss
two more games because of a bruised left knee. Bosh did not make
the trip to Florida, where the Raptors play in Miami on Monday
night and in Orlando on Wednesday night.
Andrea Bargnani, the No. 1 pick in the draft, replaced Bosh and
had eight points and three rebounds in his first start.
Morris Peterson had 23 points for the Raptors, who were
outrebounded 56-34 without Bosh, who's third in the NBA in
"We couldn't rebound," Toronto coach Sam Mitchell said.
The Raptors, who have lost three straight, lacked energy and
shot just 35 percent.
"This was a game we should have won. We should have come out
and had more energy," Toronto point guard T.J. Ford said. "They
just outplayed us and outworked us."
Fans booed after Portland's Jamaal Magloire made two free throws
to give the Trail Blazers a 15-point lead with just over four
Toronto cut the lead to seven with less than two minutes left,
but Juan Dixon made two free throws with 52.1 seconds remaining.
Peterson followed with a 22-foot-jumper with 47.8 seconds left, but
Webster made two more from the line.
After Toronto's T.J. Ford made a 3-pointer, Jack made two free
throws to make it 91-83 with 41 seconds left.
Dixon finished with 16 points.
Jack scored 12 points in the first quarter and Webster had 11 in
the second quarter as Portland led 50-41 at halftime.
Bosh injured the knee in Friday's game in Chicago and it
swelled up on Saturday. Bosh is averaging 20.5 points and 12.2
rebounds, but has been bothered by a variety of injuries this
season. ... Identical twins Joey and Stephen Graham went scoreless.
Joey played seven minutes for Toronto while Stephen played three
minutes for Portland. ... Bargnani returned after missing Friday's
game with a sore back.
Denzel Valentine could land in Chicago's rotation after Derrick Rose departed for New York.
No. 1 draft pick Ben Simmons said hearing the news of the death of his cousin "is a reminder to never forget the important things in life."
DeMar DeRozan, arguably the top shooting guard who could hit the free-agent market, is focused on re-signing with the Raptors, a source said.