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Blazers visit Toronto in search of sixth straight win

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Portland Trail Blazers own the third-best record in the NBA and will try to improve on that Sunday afternoon when they meet the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre.

The Blazers grabbed their seventh victory on the season and fifth in a row on Friday night with a 109-96 road win over the Boston Celtics. The Blazers won every quarter against Boston.

"We want to keep this winning streak going so that is one of the reasons we needed this game," said forward Nicolas Batum.

LaMarcus Aldridge paced Portland with 27 points and 12 rebounds. Batum had a great all-around game with 18 points, six assists, five rebounds and two steals. Mo Williams also scored 18 off the bench.

Damian Lillard managed 17 points and Wesley Matthews chipped in 13 points.

The Blazers complete the eastern trip with a game in Brooklyn on Monday and a stop in Milwaukee on Wednesday.

While their winning streak is impressive, the combined record of their opponents during this span is 14-27 and that includes two victories over the Sacramento Kings.

The Raptors dropped a home game Friday night against the Chicago Bulls, 96-80. There's no shame in losing to the Bulls, but former MVP Derrick Rose didn't play due to a sore groin.

"We had a good week and a bad game tonight," said Toronto head coach Dwane Casey. "Chicago is a physical team and when you don't bring it, you're going to run into a game like that."

The Raptors shot only 35.4 percent from the field and 23.8 percent from long range.

DeMar DeRozan was sensational on Friday with 37 points on 13-for 22 shooting. Rudy Gay had 20 points and nine rebounds, but no other Toronto player scored in double figures.

The Raptors' bench managed only 10 points and five of Toronto's second-unit players didn't score a point.

Toronto visits Philadelphia on Wednesday, then has four straight at home.

The Raptors snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Blazers with a home victory on Jan. 2. The Blazers had taken four straight in the great north prior to the setback last season.

11/17 10:38:32 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHR 9
DUR 1
 
4th
MIA 86
CHA 77
 
Final
ATL 3
MIA 1
Final
CHC 5
ARI 7
Final
COL 10
SFG 12
Final
OAK 0
TEX 3
Final
SEA 5
HOU 3
6th
PIT 2
CIN 4
 
7th
CLE 3
KAN 3
 
7th
WAS 1
ANA 3
 
6th
TOR 7
BAL 9
 
7th
DET 4
CWS 6
 
5th
TAM 2
MIN 4
 
5th
BOS 4
NYY 0
 
7th
NYM 3
STL 1
 
4th
MIL 4
SDP 1
 
10:10pm Tonight
LOS
PHI
4th
MIA 86
CHA 77
 
2nd
SAN 39
DAL 51
 
9:30pm Tonight
HOU
POR
3rd
CLB 2
PIT 3
 
2nd
DAL 1
ANA 2
 
9:30pm Tonight
CHI
STL
Final
CHR 9
DUR 1