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Blazers' Roy again reminds Timberwolves of his talent

MINNEAPOLIS — With the season winding down and his team's playoff hopes dimming with every loss, Portland coach Nate McMillan sought a leader.

Brandon Roy is only in his second season, but that didn't stop McMillan from challenging last season's rookie of the year to be that guy.

Roy had 27 points and nine assists, playing biggest during a game-deciding 12-2 run in the fourth quarter Tuesday night to lift the Trail Blazers to a 103-96 victory over the Timberwolves.

"He and I … just talked about where we are and what he needs to do," McMillan said. "I thought he really came out tonight with that attitude that we can't lose this. He kind of willed this game and made plays down the stretch."

Minnesota coach Randy Witt­man could have used a player like him Tuesday. The thing is, the Timberwolves had him.

Minnesota drafted Roy in the first round two years ago, but traded him to the Blazers for Randy Foye and cash in a three-way deal with Boston on draft night. Foye missed the first half of this season with a knee injury and is still getting settled in the league while Roy has emerged as a star-in-the-making.

"He just told me with what I've done my rookie season and so far this season, that this teams needs a leader to start to emerge," Roy said of his talk with his coach.

Al Jefferson scored 12 of his 20 in the fourth for the Timberwolves.

PORTLAND (103): Webster 4-9 3-4 13, Aldridge 9-16 2-2 20, Przybilla 1-1 1-2 3, Blake 4-8 2-2 11, Roy 9-20 8-9 27, Frye 1-2 0-0 2, Jack 1-8 2-2 4, Jones 3-7 4-5 13, Rodriguez 1-1 0-0 2, Outlaw 4-9 0-0 8. Totals 37-81 22-26 103.

MINNESOTA (96): Snyder 2-4 0-0 4, Gomes 5-14 5-5 16, Jefferson 10-21 0-0 20, Foye 4-10 0-0 9, Jaric 5-9 0-0 12, McCants 8-12 0-0 18, Smith 7-9 1-2 15, Brewer 0-4 0-0 0, Richard 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 41-83 8-9 96.

Portland 26 24 27 26— 103

Minnesota 26 28 25 17— 96

3-Point GoalsPortland 7-21 (Jones 3-7, Webster 2-7, Blake 1-2, Roy 1-3, Aldridge 0-1, Jack 0-1), Minnesota 6-11 (Jaric 2-3, McCants 2-3, Gomes 1-2, Foye 1-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsPortland 49 (Przybilla 10), Minnesota 42 (Jefferson 10). AssistsPortland 23 (Roy 9), Minnesota 24 (Foye 8). Total FoulsPortland 8, Minnesota 19. A13,433 (19,443).

Pacers 114, Sonics 107

INDIANAPOLIS — Mike Dunleavy scored 32 and the Pacers snapped a three-game losing streak. Dunleavy left with 4:06 remaining in the third after being elbowed in the face by Seattle's Jeff Green. He returned moments later and scored seven points the rest of the quarter.

SEATTLE (107): Green 6-11 2-2 15, Wilcox 6-16 1-5 13, Petro 3-6 0-0 6, Watson 5-10 2-2 12, Durant 7-14 12-13 27, Collison 7-10 1-1 15, Wilkins 1-6 0-0 2, Ridnour 5-7 0-0 12, Gelabale 2-3 0-0 5. Totals 42-83 18-23 107.

INDIANA (114): Dunleavy 10-16 8-10 32, Murphy 7-15 5-6 19, Foster 3-6 3-4 9, Diener 4-12 2-2 11, Granger 8-19 5-6 23, Harrison 2-5 0-0 4, Murray 4-7 0-0 8, Daniels 2-5 0-0 4, Rush 2-7 0-0 4. Totals 42-92 23-28 114.

Seattle 24 31 27 25— 107

Indiana 31 25 30 28— 114

3-Point GoalsSeattle 5-8 (Ridnour 2-2, Green 1-1, Durant 1-1, Gelabale 1-2, Watson 0-2), Indiana 7-24 (Dunleavy 4-5, Granger 2-6, Diener 1-6, Daniels 0-1, Murray 0-1, Rush 0-2, Murphy 0-3). Fouled OutFoster. ReboundsSeattle 44 (Collison 8), Indiana 57 (Foster 11). AssistsSeattle 21 (Ridnour 8), Indiana 21 (Diener 9). Total FoulsSeattle 23, Indiana 21. TechnicalsWatson, Indiana defensive three second. A11,216 (18,345).

Bulls 108, Jazz 96

CHICAGO — Drew Gooden tied a season high with 24 points and Ben Gordon added 19 as the Bulls snapped the Jazz's five-game winning streak.

Gordon hit several key 3-pointers, including two late in the third and one midway through the fourth after the Jazz pulled within 10. That was enough to offset Mehmet Okur (22 points, 18 rebounds) and give the Bulls a break from another round of drama.

The latest involved Chris Duhon, who missed a shootaround at Detroit on Sunday and made comments that didn't sit well with management.

UTAH (96): Boozer 5-14 0-4 10, Kirilenko 4-7 2-2 12, Okur 7-15 6-8 22, Williams 6-14 8-10 20, Brewer 3-6 8-11 14, Harpring 1-4 2-2 4, Millsap 4-9 1-2 9, Price 2-5 0-0 5, Korver 0-1 0-0 0, Hart 0-0 0-0 0, Collins 0-0 0-0 0, Miles 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 32-75 27-39 96.

CHICAGO (108): Deng 4-9 6-9 14, Gooden 11-18 2-2 24, Noah 0-4 2-2 2, Hinrich 5-10 1-2 13, Hughes 4-11 0-0 9, Gordon 7-14 1-1 19, Sefolosha 4-5 2-2 11, Nocioni 2-6 0-0 5, Thomas 5-12 0-1 10, Gray 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 42-90 15-21 108.

Utah 23 19 29 25— 96

Chicago 25 30 31 22— 108

3-Point GoalsUtah 5-16 (Kirilenko 2-4, Okur 2-6, Price 1-3, Korver 0-1, Williams 0-2), Chicago 9-18 (Gordon 4-8, Hinrich 2-4, Sefolosha 1-1, Hughes 1-2, Nocioni 1-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsUtah 56 (Okur 18), Chicago 53 (Gooden 10). AssistsUtah 18 (Williams 10), Chicago 27 (Hinrich 6). Total FoulsUtah 18, Chicago 25. TechnicalsOkur. A21,969 (22,467).

Wizards 105, Bucks 97

WASHINGTON — Rookie Nick Young scored a career-high 22 for the Wizards, who went on a 12-2 run in the fourth after the score was tied at 82.

MILWAUKEE (97): D.Mason 2-6 1-2 5, Villanueva 8-20 6-6 24, Bogut 11-22 1-3 23, Ivey 4-6 0-0 9, Redd 9-19 8-10 26, Bell 2-10 1-2 6, Gadzuric 2-6 0-0 4, Simmons 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 38-90 17-23 97.

WASHINGTON (105): Songaila 5-14 1-1 11, Jamison 11-22 0-0 23, Haywood 6-11 3-4 15, Daniels 3-7 5-6 11, Stevenson 0-2 3-4 3, Young 9-15 2-2 22, Blatche 6-9 3-6 15, R.Mason 2-4 0-0 5, McGuire 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 42-84 17-23 105.

Milwaukee 22 22 33 20— 97

Washington 26 31 22 26— 105

3-Point GoalsMilwaukee 4-15 (Villanueva 2-5, Ivey 1-1, Bell 1-6, Redd 0-3), Washington 4-10 (Young 2-3, R.Mason 1-2, Jamison 1-4, Stevenson 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMilwaukee 58 (Villanueva 16), Washington 48 (Jamison 8). AssistsMilwaukee 20 (D.Mason, Ivey 5), Washington 26 (Daniels, Stevenson 6). Total FoulsMilwaukee 21, Washington 18. TechnicalsMilwaukee defensive three second, Young. A14,755 (20,173).

Around the league

MARTIN BACKLASH: A Denver city prosecutor was suspended when Nuggets forward Kenyon Martin was allowed to keep his driver's license despite receiving two tickets for going more than 100 mph on a city street and a freeway.

Vince DiCroce, the top prosecutor at the city attorney's office, said the prosecutor who handled the cases, Russell Stone, was suspended for three days without pay. Stone, who lost an appeal, said he was not allowed to comment under city attorney's office rules.

Martin's plea deals stemmed from tickets written in 2006.

CAVALIERS: Guard Eric Snow likely will miss the rest of the regular season with a bad left knee. Snow, who had surgery just before the opener, is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with arthritis-related symptoms.

JAZZ: Forward Andrei Kirilenko was back in the starting lineup against Chicago after missing three games with a sprained right hip.

WNBA: Connecticut forward Nykesha Sales plans to sit out this season because of assorted injuries.

Blazers 103

Wolves 96

Blazers' Roy again reminds Timberwolves of his talent 03/12/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 9:36am]

    

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