Toronto is hot, winning eight of their last nine on the way to a 45-17 record on the year, while Portland has won five straight and owns an 18-4 record against the East.
Portland Trail Blazers centre Enes Kanter won't travel with the team to Canada for its game Friday against the Toronto Raptors, remaining in the United States because of visa concerns. He now ranks ninth in the league averaging 26.8 points per game.
The Raptors have climbed the rankings this season in free throw percentage (#5), points per game (#6) and turnovers per game (#9).
Marc Gasol added 19 points, eight rebounds and six assists, while Lowry had 19 points, 10 assists and seven boards. Jake Layman's emergence and Maurice Harkless's improved level of play have also made wing minutes more competitive. The Raptors replied with a 15-6 run to take a 10-point lead and Toronto went into the halftime break up 61-54. The All-Star forward made sure his team didn't wrap up Friday's game with a sour taste in their mouth due to the call.
Portland Trail Blazers centre Enes Kanter (left) works against Brooklyn Nets forward Ed Davis during the first half of an National Basketball Association game last week.
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The Blazers hit 49.4 percent from the field and 42.4 percent on 3-pointers. They have won their last five and are 7-3 in their last 10 games.
Four seconds later, Lillard tied the game on three free throws - Lowry was whistled for fouling him on a three-pointer.
Leonard finished with 38 points, capping his night with a 12-foot baseline jumper from the right side that bounced 4 times before dropping through the net in front of a crowd of 19,800 at Scotiabank Arena. Pascal Siakam led the Raptors in scoring against their last opponent, the celtics. In the last three games, they needed a late steal and score in the final seconds to get a win against the San Antonio Spurs, then lost to the Orlando Magic 98-113 on Sunday before looking dominant in a 118-95 win over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night. Seth Curry's running dunk gave Portland a 35-33 lead with 8:39 left in the first half.
Portland center Enes Kanter did not travel to Toronto with the team.