Damian Lillard leads way as Blazers turn back Raptors for first win in preseason
Damian Lillard had 16 points and eight assists to lead Portland to victory. AP

DAMIAN Lillard led Portland with 16 points and eight assists in 26 minutes and CJ McCollum added 15 markers as the Trail Blazers defeated the Toronto Raptors, 106-101, in NBA preseason action on Thursday (Friday, Manila time).

Kyle Lowry paced visiting Toronto with 23 points and had six assists in 25 minutes.

TORONTO: DeMar DeRozan and C.J. Miles did not play. ... Starting power forward Serge Ibaka struggled, scoring just two points on one of five shooting from the field and an 0-for-3 showing from 3-point range, while also adding four rebounds in 20 minutes.

PORTLAND: Rookie power forward Caleb Swanigan impressed with an active night with six points, eight rebounds and six assists in 18 minutes off the bench. ... McCollum was effective from 3-point range, converting four of six from beyond the arc. ... The Trail Blazers outrebounded Toronto 47-38 on the night.

UP NEXT: The Toronto Raptors (1-2) will host Detroit on Tuesday. The Trail Blazers (1-1) hit the road to face the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday.

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