After going winless on a three-game trip at Minnesota, Indiana and Toronto, the Blazers play 10 of their next 11 at home, where they have gone 9-6.
Still, Hart wasn’t convinced a change of scenery would cure Portland’s problems.
“We’ve got to play better,” Hart said. “The arena doesn’t matter. We’ve got to play better.”
After hosting Orlando Tuesday, the Blazers play Cleveland, then have two against Dallas.
“We’re playing some tough, tough teams,” Billups said.
Toronto led 92-76 with 10:40 left in the fourth but Portland cut it to 97-94 on Lillard’s basket with 6:17 remaining. VanVleet answered with back-to-back 3-pointers, giving Toronto a 103-94 edge with 5:45 left to play.
Siakam scored 13 points in the first and Toronto closed the quarter on an 11-2 run to lead 34-27.
Portland missed eight straight field goal attempts to start the second and fell behind 48-29, before Hart ended the drought with a dunk. The Blazers made nine of their final 12 attempts in the second, cutting the gap to 58-53 at halftime.
Toronto restored its double-digit cushion with a 14-0 run to start the second half. Siakam scored 10 points in the third and the Raptors took an 89-74 lead to the fourth.
Hours before the game, Portland’s Hart posted a tweet asking why his ESPN+ subscription wasn’t working. Minutes later, Hart posted another tweet after realizing he couldn’t access the service because he was in Canada. Hart was trying to watch his favorite soccer team, London’s Chelsea, who lost 4-0 to rivals Manchester City.
Trail Blazers: G Gary Payton II, who made his season debut Jan 2, was held out for the third straight game because of a sprained right ankle. Payton had been listed as probable but felt discomfort while warming up. Payton missed the start of the season while recovering from offseason core muscle surgery. … F Justise Winslow (sprained left ankle) missed his seventh straight game. … Rookie G Shaedon Sharpe, from London, Ontario, played in Canada for the first time. … Recorded assists on eight of nine made baskets in the first quarter.
Raptors: Trent failed to extend his career-best streak of scoring 20 or more points to a seventh game. … Signed G-F Joe Wieskamp to a 10-day contract Saturday. Wieskamp played 29 games with San Antonio last season. … Barnes had nine rebounds.
Trail Blazers: Host Orlando on Tuesday night.
Raptors: Host Charlotte on Tuesday night.
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