Roy leads Blazers back from 23 down

PORTLAND, Ore. — Brandon Roy's season had been fraught with uncertainty, first over the stability of his knees then over his diminished role.

All those doubts melted away on Saturday when he led the Trail Blazers to one of the greatest rallies in playoff history.

With 39.2 seconds left, Roy made a go-ahead bank shot that gave Portland a stunning 84-82 comeback victory over the Mavericks and tied their first-round playoff series at two games.

Roy finished with 24 points, 18 in the fourth quarter, as the Blazers erased a 23-point deficit. Portland became the third NBA team in the shot clock era to win a playoff game when trailing by 18 points or more heading into the fourth quarter.

"I've been in some pretty good zones before," the three-time All-Star said. "But nothing like tonight."

After the victory, Roy was swallowed by the embrace of several of his teammates.

"It still just doesn't feel real yet," he said. "It was just an unbelievable game and comeback. With everything I've been through this season, they just all came into that moment there on the court when guys were grabbing and cheering me on. It was real special."

Trailing 67-44 in the third quarter, the Blazers closed the gap to 77-70 on Roy's step-back jumper.

Jason Terry answered with a 3-pointer, but Roy drove the lane and finished to narrow it to 80-74 with 2:32 left. LaMarcus Aldridge added a turnaround jumper.

Roy traded baskets with Shawn Marion before making a 3-pointer and a free throw with 1:06 left to tie it at 82.

After Roy's go-ahead jumper from out front banked in, the Mavericks missed two 3-point tries, the first from Jason Kidd and the second from Terry as time ran out. Roy defended Terry on the final shot.

Dirk Nowitzki had 20 points to lead the Mavericks. Terry finished with 13 off the bench.

Aldridge had 18 points for the Blazers, and Gerald Wallace had 10 points and 11 rebounds.

"When people ask me what did I do in the fourth quarter, I'll tell them, 'I stood in the corner and watched The Brandon Roy Show,' " Wallace said.

The series heads back to Dallas for Game 5 on Monday.

"Did we let up? I think we let up, yeah. There isn't any question," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said.

Blazers 84, Mavericks 82

DALLAS (82): Marion 6-11 0-0 12, Nowitzki 7-17 4-4 20, Chandler 2-6 2-2 6, Kidd 3-6 0-0 9, Stevenson 2-4 2-2 8, Terry 5-16 2-2 13, Barea 2-7 0-0 4, Stojakovic 3-7 0-0 8, Haywood 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 31-76 10-10 82.

PORTLAND (84): Wallace 3-9 4-4 10, Aldridge 6-16 6-6 18, Camby 0-1 0-0 0, Miller 5-10 4-4 14, Matthews 4-10 2-2 11, Batum 2-5 0-0 5, Fernandez 0-5 2-2 2, Roy 9-13 4-5 24, C.Johnson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-69 22-23 84.

Dallas 16 21 30 15— 82

Portland 11 24 14 35— 84

3-Point GoalsDallas 10-26 (Kidd 3-5, Nowitzki 2-4, Stevenson 2-4, Stojakovic 2-5, Terry 1-5, Marion 0-1, Barea 0-2), Portland 4-19 (Roy 2-5, Matthews 1-3, Batum 1-4, Miller 0-1, Wallace 0-3, Fernandez 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsDallas 46 (Marion 11), Portland 40 (Wallace 11). AssistsDallas 19 (Kidd 4), Portland 13 (Roy 5). Total FoulsDallas 21, Portland 15. TechnicalsChandler, Aldridge. A20,357 (19,980).

Grizzlies gain edge

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Zach Randolph had 25 points, including a rare 3-pointer with 41.9 seconds left, and the Grizzlies beat the Spurs 91-88 for the franchise's first playoff victory at home.

Memphis has made a lot of history at San Antonio's expense. It opened the series with its first playoff win, and now the No. 8 seed has a 2-1 lead over the NBA's best team in the regular season.

Memphis is trying to become the fourth team to knock off the top seed.

The Spurs only led early and never by more than one, the last at 12-11. They fell behind by as much as 15 before tying it twice in the final 8:06, the last at 80 on a Manu Ginobili free throw.

Tony Parker's reverse layup got the Spurs within 88-86 with 1:04 left. The Grizzlies took a timeout, and Randolph looked for an option with the shot clock ticking down then put the 3-pointer over Duncan's outstretched arm. The ball fell in with 41.9 seconds left for a 91-86 lead that sparked fans to chant his nickname "Z-Bo, Z-Bo."

Ginobili hit two free throws with 31 seconds left, but the Spurs couldn't get off a shot coming up the right side at the end. Ginobili got stopped and looked like he was trying to pass while Tim Duncan tried to call timeout. He was too late as the horn sounded, sparking a big celebration.

Grizzlies 91, Spurs 88

SAN ANTONIO (88): Jefferson 1-4 2-2 4, Duncan 5-11 3-6 13, McDyess 4-7 0-0 8, Parker 5-14 6-8 16, Ginobili 5-12 12-14 23, Hill 5-10 0-0 11, Neal 2-9 0-0 4, Bonner 2-4 1-2 5, Blair 2-4 0-0 4. Totals 31-75 24-32 88.

MEMPHIS (91): Young 2-6 1-4 5, Randolph 8-21 8-10 25, Gasol 7-13 3-4 17, Conley 4-12 6-8 14, Allen 1-3 0-0 2, Mayo 3-8 2-2 10, Battier 4-7 0-0 9, Arthur 4-7 1-1 9, Vasquez 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 33-78 21-29 91.

San Antonio 20 22 24 22— 88

Memphis 29 23 19 20— 91

3-Point GoalsSan Antonio 2-15 (Ginobili 1-2, Hill 1-4, Parker 0-1, Bonner 0-2, Jefferson 0-2, Neal 0-4), Memphis 4-11 (Mayo 2-4, Randolph 1-1, Battier 1-3, Young 0-1, Conley 0-2). Fouled OutAllen. ReboundsSan Antonio 59 (Duncan 11), Memphis 46 (Gasol 9). AssistsSan Antonio 19 (Duncan 6), Memphis 24 (Conley 8). Total FoulsSan Antonio 19, Memphis 24. TechnicalsSan Antonio defensive three second, Randolph, Memphis defensive three second. A18,119 (18,119).

Pacers avert sweep

INDIANAPOLIS — Chicago's fans traveled to Indiana by the thousands, planning to celebrate a first-round playoff sweep.

The Pacers sent the red-and-black swarm home disappointed. After fourth-quarter collapses in each of the first three games, Indiana avoided elimination by holding off a furious rally to beat the Bulls 89-84 in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference series.

The Pacers faced not only superstar guard Derrick Rose and the pressure of a 3-0 deficit in the series but an unexpected roadblock: a hostile environment on their home floor at Conseco Fieldhouse. The crowd shocked center Jeff Foster, who has played for the Pacers for his entire 12-year career.

"I have seen every professional game in this arena, and I have never seen anything like that," he said.

The young Pacers maintained their composure.

"We've lost games like this recently where they have come back," interim coach Frank Vogel said. "Today we grew, and we held them off."

Pacers 89, Bulls 84

CHICAGO (84): Deng 5-14 5-6 16, Boozer 6-15 3-3 15, Noah 8-13 5-7 21, Rose 6-22 2-4 15, Bogans 0-1 0-0 0, Gibson 0-5 0-0 0, Brewer 1-1 0-0 2, Thomas 2-2 0-0 4, Watson 0-1 2-2 2, Asik 0-0 0-0 0, Korver 3-8 2-2 9. Totals 31-82 19-24 84.

INDIANA (89): Granger 9-19 6-7 24, Hansbrough 2-8 0-0 4, Hibbert 6-12 4-5 16, Collison 2-11 1-2 6, George 4-7 0-0 9, D.Jones 1-4 3-4 5, McRoberts 2-6 2-4 6, Foster 1-2 0-2 2, Price 3-6 2-2 10, Rush 0-2 0-0 0, Dunleavy 1-2 4-8 7. Totals 31-79 22-34 89.

Chicago 19 14 23 28— 84

Indiana 23 26 18 22— 89

3-Point GoalsChicago 3-20 (Korver 1-2, Deng 1-5, Rose 1-9, Gibson 0-1, Boozer 0-1, Bogans 0-1, Watson 0-1), Indiana 5-16 (Price 2-4, Dunleavy 1-2, Collison 1-2, George 1-3, D.Jones 0-1, Granger 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsChicago 58 (Noah 14), Indiana 58 (Granger, Hibbert 10). AssistsChicago 19 (Rose 10), Indiana 12 (Granger 4). Total FoulsChicago 23, Indiana 20. TechnicalsBoozer. A18,165 (18,165).

MAGIC-HAWKS SUSPENSIONS: The NBA suspended Atlanta's Zaza Pachulia and Orlando's Jason Richardson for tonight's Game 4 after their altercation in the closing minutes of Game 3.

Roy leads Blazers back from 23 down 04/24/11 [Last modified: Sunday, April 24, 2011 12:04am]

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