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Portland at Golden State

Roy scores 41, Blazers stymie Warriors in fourth-quarter comeback

CBSSports.com wire reports
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Brandon Roy's first career victory at Oracle Arena couldn't have come at a better time for Portland as it tries to hang on to the eighth spot in the Western Conference.

Roy scored 41 points, Andre Miller added 15 points and seven assists and the Trail Blazers overcame a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the Golden State Warriors 110-105 on Thursday night.

"This was almost like a must-win for us," said Roy after helping Portland snap a nine-game road losing streak to the Warriors. "This is one of the toughest places for us to win. We knew how big this game was. We wanted this game but it was tough."

With 15 games left in the regular season, Portland is four games ahead of Memphis in the race for the final playoff spot in the West and a loss to the Warriors, who own the third-worst record in the NBA, would have been costly for the Blazers.

Instead, Portland rallied for its fifth victory in six games to move a season-high 11 games above .500 while winning in Oakland for the first time since Nov. 3, 2004.

"There's been a lot of those streaks the last few years that we've had to overcome," Blazers coach Nate McMillan said. "I'm happy that it's over. I'm happier about what we did. We pounded them on the boards, we got to the free throw line [and] we went inside."

It wasn't easy.

Portland trailed 96-83 entering the fourth quarter after struggling offensively most of the night and didn't show much signs of life before rallying. The Blazers did it despite Roy scoring only three of his points over the final 12 minutes.

Aldridge had six points during a 10-2 run to start the comeback in the fourth. Rudy Fernandez later hit back-to-back 3-pointers to tie the game at 102 and Aldridge added a key three-point play to give Portland a 108-102 lead with 1:39 left.

Stephen Curry made a 3-pointer for Golden State but Reggie Williams missed what would have been a tying 3 with 49.9 seconds left. Miller then sealed the victory for Portland with a pair of free throws.

"It was our defense," Roy said. "That was the first time we've ever guarded them in the fourth quarter."

Corey Maggette scored 24 points and Monta Ellis added 17 before fouling out in his first game back following a six-game absence for Golden State, which lost its sixth straight.

"We went cold at the wrong time," Warriors coach Don Nelson said. "We ended having a team out there that hadn't been together very much and we didn't run our stuff very well against the zone. It was probably a combination of things."

Until the fourth quarter the Blazers hadn't done much except for Roy.

He had 24 points in the first half then added 14 more in the third quarter before topping the 40-point mark for the third time this season.

Roy finished 14 of 22 from the floor and added eight rebounds with four assists.

Ellis, who had not played since scoring 22 points in a 127-112 loss to Denver on Feb. 25, nearly led the Warriors to an upset after getting cleared to play earlier in the day after sitting out six games due to a strained lower back.

He got off to a slow start against the Blazers and had only five points in the first half but scored 12 in the third quarter when Golden State built a 96-80 lead.

The Warriors fell apart after that, however, and were outscored 27-9 in the fourth quarter.

Notes

  • Golden State's nine points were the fewest by the Warriors in a fourth quarter since Feb. 8, 2004.
  • Portland's 22 offensive rebounds were a season high.
  • The Blazers have scored at least 100 points in their past 11 road games.
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Portland allows 96 points through three quarters but clamps down, giving up only nine in the fourth. (AP)
Portland allows 96 points through three quarters but clamps down, giving up only nine in the fourth. (AP)

Scoreboard
Portland (39-28) «28302527110
Golden State (17-47) 2832369105
POR:B. Roy 41 Pts
POR:M. Camby 17 Reb
POR:A. Miller 7 Ast
GS:C. Maggette 24 Pts
GS:A. Tolliver 11 Reb
GS:C. Maggette 6 Ast
Players of the Game
Golden StatePortland

C. Maggette

B. Roy
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
24564183
Portland
B. Roy, SG4214-2213-1783441
L. Aldridge, PF344-146-781514
M. Camby, C331-72-217114
A. Miller, PG314-157-867115
N. Batum, SF212-50-04106
R. Fernandez, SG264-80-011012
J. Bayless, PG204-73-301312
J. Howard, PF183-40-05516
M. Webster, SG160-40-04020
J. Przybilla, CDid Not Play
D. Cunningham, SFDid Not Play
T. Diener, PGDid Not Play
G. Oden, CDid Not Play
P. Mills, PGDid Not Play
J. Pendergraph, PFDid Not Play
Totals 36-8631-37532017110
 41.9%83.8% 
Golden State
C. Maggette, SF378-158-956624
A. Tolliver, PF374-94-4111514
A. Morrow, SG353-70-03129
S. Curry, PG336-151-153515
M. Ellis, PG287-152-332617
C. Watson, PG355-102-256212
R. Williams, SF245-82-230314
C. Hunter, PF60-00-00010
D. George, SG50-10-01010
A. Biedrins, CDid Not Play
R. Turiaf, CDid Not Play
A. Randolph, PFDid Not Play
V. Radmanovic, SFDid Not Play
R. Bell, SGDid Not Play
K. Azubuike, SFDid Not Play
B. Wright, PFDid Not Play
Totals 38-8019-21361931105
 47.5%90.5% 
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