• My Scores
  • MLB
  • NHL
  • NBA

Portland at Phoenix

Miller heats up in fourth, short-handed Blazers stun Suns

CBSSports.com wire reports
  •  

PHOENIX -- Brandon Roy or no Brandon Roy, the Portland Trail Blazers give the Phoenix Suns fits.

Game 1 of their first-round playoff series was no exception, and the homecourt advantage the Suns worked so hard to get is history after Portland pulled away over the final 4½ minutes to beat them 105-100 on Sunday night.

NBA Playoffs Coverage
Related Links

Playoff Blog | Bracket | Experts

Andre Miller scored 15 points in the fourth quarter and tied his career playoff high with 31 points as Portland made Phoenix the only home team to lose in a playoff opener this year.

"We have done this all season long," Blazers coach Nate McMillan said.

LaMarcus Aldridge added 22 points and Nicolas Batum 18 for Portland in a game played in the methodical style the Blazers wanted. Jerryd Bayless also had 18 for the Blazers, 10 in the fourth quarter, but missed two free throws with 12.2 seconds left to give Phoenix a shot to tie. Steve Nash's 3-point try was well short, though, and Miller's two free throws iced the victory.

"We just didn't play well enough," Nash said. "I thought we were a shade of ourselves. We've got a lot of improving to do if we want to win the series."

Marcus Camby grabbed 17 rebounds for Portland, two off his career playoff best.

"They were probably the hottest team in the league at the end of the season, but we're a pretty good road team ourselves," Camby said. "We came out here without our best player and guys stepped in and contributed real well."

The Suns won 14 of their last 16, including the final eight at home, and the Blazers were well aware that they had been written off when Roy went down.

"Watching the news, people were asking them [the Suns] who they'd rather play in the second round," Camby said, "but we're still here."

Roy is out for the series after arthroscopic knee surgery, and the Blazers lost Greg Oden and Joel Przybilla earlier in the season. But Portland won two of three against the Suns, including a victory at Phoenix when the Blazers didn't have Roy.

Miller was in his attack mode from the start, but found another gear in the final quarter.

"We talked about forcing the issue a little bit and not relying on jump shots," he said. "We tried to contain them as far as keeping them out of the paint and forcing them to take 3s. And on the other end, we tried not to fall into that trap of taking jump shots and letting them start running."

The Suns, the NBA's highest-scoring team at 110 points per game, never got into that fluid style but still led 87-85 after Stoudemire's 16-footer with 4:57 to play.

Miller, though, made his only 3-point attempt of the night to put Portland ahead for good 88-87 with 4:28 to go, then Aldridge sank two free throws to make it 90-87 with 4:12 remaining. Nash's 22-footer cut it to 90-89, but Miller made two free throws, Aldridge tipped one in over Stoudemire, and Portland was up 94-89 with 3:37 left.

Nash's 3-pointer briefly cut the lead to 94-92, but Batum responded with a 3 of his own 17 seconds later and Bayless made two free throws to put the Blazers up 99-92 with 1:29 to go.

The Suns missed repeated 3s before Jason Richardson finally made one to cut it to 103-100 with 12.5. After Bayless missed two free throws, Nash dribbled upcourt and let it fly, but his shot was not even close.

Phoenix shot only 42 percent and was 9 for 24 in the final quarter, including 3 for 13 on 3s.

"I thought we didn't push the ball on them or impose our will on them as much as we have to," Suns coach Alvin Gentry said. "We had four fastbreak points and obviously that's an area we have to get better in."

Gentry said Stoudemire is up against a tough defender in Camby.

"Amare is going to have to step it up and find ways to score for us and we've got to try to get the ball in a good location," Gentry said.

Stoudemire said the Blazers "did a great job of playing boxing and elbows -- they did a phenomenal job defensively."

"They clogged up the lane there a little bit,so it was kind of difficult to get into our offense," he said.

Leandro Barbosa scored 13 in eight minutes in the first half, when he made all five of his shots, three of them 3s. He was scoreless in the second half.

Notes

  • The Trail Blazers are 9-9 without Roy this season.
  • Portland had lost its previous five opening playoff games, and their last 18 that were on the road.
  • The Suns' Grant Hill and Jason Richardson were a combined 1 for 10 shooting in the first half and finished 4 for 21. Jared Dudley, fourth in the NBA in 3-point percentage in the regular season (46 percent), was 1 for 5 from long range.
  • Barbosa scored 13, all in the first half. He missed 15 games following wrist surgery before returning March 26.
Copyright 2015 by STATS LLC and The Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and The Associated Press is strictly prohibited.
 
 
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre
Andre Miller finishes with 31 points, eight assists and five rebounds in the victory.  (AP)
Andre Miller finishes with 31 points, eight assists and five rebounds in the victory. (AP)
Scoreboard
Portland (1-0) «25192635105
Phoenix (0-1) 24192928100
POR:A. Miller 31 Pts
POR:M. Camby 17 Reb
POR:A. Miller 8 Ast
PHO:S. Nash 25 Pts
PHO:J. Richardson 10 Reb
PHO:S. Nash 9 Ast
Players of the Game
PhoenixPortland

S. Nash

A. Miller
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
25193158

Related Video

Portland
L. Aldridge, PF408-206-833322
A. Miller, PG3910-1710-1058331
N. Batum, SF387-131-251518
M. Camby, C382-60-217124
R. Fernandez, SG282-70-03225
J. Bayless, PG236-106-941118
M. Webster, SG202-60-04005
J. Howard, PF131-20-03032
D. Cunningham, SF10-00-00000
J. Pendergraph, PFDid Not Play
P. Mills, PGDid Not Play
B. Roy, SGDid Not Play
T. Diener, PGDid Not Play
G. Oden, CDid Not Play
J. Przybilla, CDid Not Play
Totals 38-8123-31441619105
 46.9%74.2% 
Phoenix
A. Stoudemire, PF358-192-382618
S. Nash, PG3410-182-219225
J. Richardson, SG324-124-5101414
G. Hill, SF262-90-08204
J. Collins, C120-10-02030
C. Frye, C294-82-270212
J. Dudley, SF231-71-24334
L. Amundson, PF182-40-04034
L. Barbosa, SG175-80-021213
G. Dragic, PG142-52-21206
R. Lopez, CDid Not Play
T. Griffin, PFDid Not Play
D. Jones, PFDid Not Play
E. Clark, SFDid Not Play
Totals 38-9113-16472025100
 41.8%81.2% 
Other Games
OKC 79 Final
LAL 87
Char 89 Final
Orl 98
SA 94 Final
Dal 100