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Indiana at Portland

Trail Blazers 102, Pacers 79

CBSSports.com wire reports
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Portland Trail Blazers brought their high-scoring ways home with them.

Brandon Roy scored 22 points, LaMarcus Aldridge added 19 points and seven rebounds, and the Trail Blazers continued the offensive push that carried them through a tough road swing, cruising to a 102-79 victory against the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night.

Rudy Fernandez had 16 points, including five 3-pointers for Portland. Andre Miller added 12 and Jerryd Bayless had 10. The Blazers, coming off a 4-1 road trip, have scored more than 100 points in six consecutive games for the first time since Feb. 4-17, 1998.

"It's a good sign," Portland coach Nate McMillan said. "To move the ball, set good screens, don't ball and fake the open man. We've got guys who can put the ball in the basket."

Danny Granger led the Pacers with 30 points. He got very little help on the offensive end. T.J. Ford added nine and Dahntay Jones had eight. Indiana second-leading scorer Troy Murphy was only 2 for 7 from the field and Brandon Rush made 2 of 9. The Pacers had 18 turnovers.

"We turned the ball over way too many times," Murphy said. "Portland did a good job defensively, but we have got to give a better effort than we did tonight."

The Pacers were even worse on the defensive end, particularly inside, where Aldridge made eight of 11 shots. Indiana has given up 100 or more points in 41 games this season and entered the game 24th in the league in scoring defense.

Granger bounced back after a 2-of-9 shooting night in a 122-99 loss at the Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday night. An All-Star in 2008-09, Granger averaged 26.6 points in the previous seven games.

Portland has been surging since Roy's recovery from a nagging hamstring problem, and with five victories in the past six games the Blazers have a tentative hold on the eighth playoff spot in the Western Conference.

"It's a favorable schedule for us down the stretch," Miller said. "We've talked about making up some of the home games that we lost. This is a good start. We need to get some rest, get in some practice and hopefully it will lead to a good March."

Granger scored 12 in the first quarter and the Pacers led by as many as seven, but Aldridge hit his first four shots for the Blazers, and Bayless put Portland up 41-29 with a drive to the hoop. The Blazers led by as many as 15 in the second quarter, but Granger scored twice and Ford converted a runner to get the Pacers to 50-41 just before the half.

The Blazers opened up a 57-43 lead before Indiana scored a point in the third. Fernandez hit a 3-pointer to put Portland up 79-59.

"We didn't play as a team is the only thing I can say," Indiana center Roy Hibbert said. "We've been trying to figure it out all year."

Notes

Portland signed point guard Travis Diener to fill its 15th roster spot Wednesday. Diener was waived by the Pacers on Monday. He played in only four games this season and underwent surgery on his toe in November. ... The Blazers beat Indiana 102-91 on Dec. 9. They have swept the season series two years running. ... Solomon Jones didn't play for Indiana after serving a one-game suspension for unspecified conduct detrimental to the team.

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Indiana (20-41) 2615211779
Portland (37-27) «32212623102
IND:D. Granger 30 Pts
IND:B. Rush 8 Reb
IND:T. Ford 5 Ast
POR:B. Roy 22 Pts
POR:D. Cunningham 8 Reb
POR:R. Fernandez 5 Ast
Players of the Game
PortlandIndiana

B. Roy

D. Granger
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Indiana
D. Granger, SF3512-224-440030
B. Rush, SG332-90-08235
T. Ford, PG324-91-24559
E. Watson, PG291-40-01223
T. Murphy, PF282-71-24216
R. Hibbert, C232-50-03134
D. Jones, SG204-50-10048
A. Price, PG142-50-03205
M. Dunleavy, SF133-80-03016
L. Head, PG90-10-01000
J. McRoberts, PF51-11-21113
T. Hansbrough, PFDid Not Play
S. Jones, PFDid Not Play
J. Foster, CDid Not Play
Totals 33-767-1132152079
 43.4%63.6% 
Portland
B. Roy, SG326-1610-1153222
L. Aldridge, PF268-113-671019
M. Camby, C260-00-07100
A. Miller, PG253-65-544112
N. Batum, SF202-80-02125
R. Fernandez, SG315-121-235116
D. Cunningham, SF241-72-28114
J. Bayless, PG175-60-062210
J. Howard, PF163-62-22028
M. Webster, SG142-62-21116
P. Mills, PG60-30-00010
J. Pendergraph, PF40-00-00000
J. Przybilla, CDid Not Play
G. Oden, CDid Not Play
T. Diener, PGDid Not Play
Totals 35-8125-30451913102
 43.2%83.3% 
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Atl 112
GS 90 Final
Orl 117
Char 80 Final
Bos 104
Cle 111 Final
NJ 92
Det 104 Final
NY 128
Mem 104 Final
NO 100
Wash 87 Final
Mil 100
Min 109 Final
Dal 112
Sac 84 Final
Hou 81
OKC 90 Final
Den 119
Pho 127 Final
LAC 101