The Portland Trail Blazers sure know how to make a game interesting. After having a 17-point lead with 8:12 to go in regulation, somehow this contest was decided in overtime.

Rudy Gay led the fourth-quarter charge erupting for 11 of his game-high 30 points in that pivotal quarter. Toronto went on a 19-2 run in the last four minutes of regulation and Rudy Gay capped it off momentarily with a game-saving play.

With four seconds left and the Raptors down two, Gay caught the inbounds pass from the top of the key and he had Nicolas Batum drenched all over him.

“I should have forced him left,” Batum said after the game. “I know he likes to go right. That was my bad.”

And back to that play. Gay took it hard to his right and stretched out his right arm and then released for the layup. The ball rolled around the rim a bit before dropping in as regulation expired.

This game was heading to overtime tied at 102.

“We’re all disappointed that we let the game get to overtime,” Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts said. “Like I said, I’ll give Toronto credit for that but I think we could have did a little bit more to prevent it.”

Sensing their team had a chance to steal this game, the light 17,945 fans in attendance woke up. But so did Damian Lillard and Nicolas Batum.

Portland went on a deadly 11-0 run that consisted of tremendous ball movement that resulted in five points from Lillard and two dagger threes from Batum in that span. When the game is on the line, some players tend to rely on their own individual skill-set to bail the team out.

Portland did the opposite.

“That’s one of our strengths,” Stotts said regarding the team’s willingness to share the ball. “…We’re playing pretty unselfishly in finding the open man. We have enough good shooters that if you give them time, they’re going to make more than their share of shots.”

An 11-0 run in a five-minute overtime period will almost certainly guarantee a team the victory. And it did tonight.

The Trail Blazers defeated the Raptors in overtime 118-110, earning their sixth consecutive win.