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Sacramento at Portland

Roy knocks down 29, Blazers snap skid with win over Kings

CBSSports.com wire reports
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Brandon Roy had a throbbing finger, a swollen knee and a challenge from his coach not to let either slow him down.

Roy scored 29 points before sitting out the fourth quarter, and the Portland Trail Blazers snapped a three-game losing streak Tuesday night with a 109-77 victory over the struggling Kings.

"Brandon is emerging as the kind of player who is able to take control of the game," said Blazers coach Nate McMillan, who met with Roy before the game for a pep talk. "What you are seeing is what stars do -- the (Kobe Bryants), the (Steve) Nashes, the (Dwyane) Wades."

Playing with a splint on his injured right pinkie finger, Roy fell just short of scoring 30 points for the fourth consecutive game. The All-Star guard tore a tendon in his finger while scoring a career-high 38 against the Los Angeles Clippers last Friday. He had fluid drained from his left knee before Tuesday's game.

"I bounced right up and got ready to go out there," Roy said. "I'm not going to make any excuses while I am out there. I'm just going to play."

LaMarcus Aldridge had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Blazers, who stopped their longest skid of the season.

John Salmons had 16 of his 21 points in the first quarter for the Kings, but he didn't score in the second half. Sacramento fell to 1-1 under interim coach Kenny Natt, who took over for the fired Reggie Theus on Monday. Francisco Garcia was the only other Sacramento player in double figures with 12 points on 2-of-8 shooting.

The Kings beat Minnesota 118-103 on Monday in Natt's coaching debut. But missing leader scorer Kevin Martin for the 17th consecutive game, the Kings lagged after a quick start.

Sacramento made eight of its first nine shots but finished at just 31 percent in its 11th loss in 13 games. Point guard Beno Udrih was just 2-of-10 from the field and Jason Thompson was 2-of-9.

"Guys started hanging their heads and feeling sorry for themselves," Natt said. "My job is to try to keep these guys motivated and try to encourage them as much as possible. Unfortunately this was one of (the Blazers') nights where they played their best."

Salmons scored 14 of Sacramento's first 18 points and the Kings led by as many as eight in the first quarter. The Blazers went on a 16-4 run to take back the lead and they led 28-27 after the first quarter. Brad Miller's basket brought the Kings within 39-37, but Roy scored Portland's next 11 points and Portland went into halftime up 54-42.

Playing for the second night in a row, Sacramento looked tired in the second half. Missed shots added up and the Blazers pulled away, getting points from all 12 active players as the lead grew to 30 points and beyond.

"We had a definite meltdown and lost our defensive effort," Natt said.

The Blazers outrebounded the Kings 59-38. Aldridge (10), Greg Oden (10) and Joel Przybilla (14) each were in double figures in rebounds for Portland.

Notes

  • The Blazers retired former point guard Terry Porter's No. 30 in a halftime ceremony. Porter, now coach of the Phoenix Suns, played for the Blazers from 1985-95 and is Portland's career leader in assists.
  • Sacramento guard Bobby Jackson was ejected in the second quarter after picking up two technical fouls for arguing with official Sean Wright.
  • Roy was 15-of-15 from the free-throw line.
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Terry Porter stands with his family as his number is retired at halftime by the Trail Blazers.  (Getty Images)
Terry Porter stands with his family as his number is retired at halftime by the Trail Blazers. (Getty Images)
Scoreboard
Sacramento (7-19) 2715181777
Portland (16-10) «28262728109
SAC:J. Salmons 21 Pts
SAC:M. Moore 6 Reb
SAC:B. Udrih 4 Ast
POR:B. Roy 29 Pts
POR:J. Przybilla 14 Reb
POR:S. Rodriguez 5 Ast
Players of the Game
PortlandSacramento

B. Roy

J. Salmons
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
29252152

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J. Salmons, SF328-172-452321
F. Garcia, SF302-87-841212
B. Udrih, PG292-100-04414
S. Hawes, C281-86-65138
B. Miller, C232-40-05044
J. Thompson, PF202-90-04144
B. Brown, PG193-71-20238
M. Moore, PF170-20-06020
D. Greene, SF140-12-23122
B. Jackson, PG121-51-22103
Q. Douby, SG90-22-20202
S. Williams, PF83-33-30029
K. Thomas, PFDid Not Play
K. Martin, SGDid Not Play
Totals 24-7624-2938152677
 31.6%82.8% 
Portland
L. Aldridge, PF396-203-4102315
B. Roy, SG317-1215-1525229
S. Blake, PG274-70-03438
N. Batum, SF244-92-260212
G. Oden, C213-62-210048
J. Przybilla, C223-61-214107
T. Outlaw, SF202-60-04145
R. Fernandez, SG185-91-112312
S. Rodriguez, PG160-32-23512
C. Frye, PF81-41-21033
J. Bayless, PG81-42-22204
I. Diogu, PF60-14-63014
R. LaFrentz, PFDid Not Play
M. Webster, SGDid Not Play
S. Randolph, PFDid Not Play
Totals 36-8733-38592226109
 41.4%86.8% 
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