NBA Game Summary - Portland at New Jersey
(Thursday, January 15th)
Final Score: Portland 105, New Jersey 99
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Brandon Roy led the Trail Blazers with 29 points, adding eight rebounds and five assists, and Portland used a big second half effort to upend the New Jersey Nets, 105-99.
Blazers rookie Jerryd Bayless, who had yet to score in double digits, saw extended playing time due to the absence of starting point guard Steve Blake and notched 23 points and three assists in the win.
LaMarcus Aldridge logged 20 points, while Travis Outlaw contributed big buckets down the stretch en route to a 13-point, seven-rebound effort for Portland, which has won four of five.
"Everybody stepped up and played tonight. We needed everybody," Blazers head coach Nate McMillan said. "We had guys who hadn't played a lot step up and play well tonight. It was a total team effort."
The Nets saw their four-game home winning streak come to an end despite shooting 51.3 percent from the field. Devin Harris finished with 23 points and eight assists, while Brook Lopez and Bobby Simmons chipped in 17 and 14 points, respectively.
"It's frustrating. I felt like this was one that we could have won," Harris said. "It's tough, obviously. We definitely didn't get stops and they had a lot of high-percentage shots go in."
Vince Carter, who was nursing a right ankle injury, was held to 4-for-14 shooting for 13 points and a team-high nine rebounds, as New Jersey was outrebounded 45-34 in its third loss in four games.
Portland erased a double-digit deficit in the third quarter and took the lead, 76-74, early in the fourth on Bayless' three-point play.
The Nets failed to regain the lead the rest of the way but got as close as two, 91-89, on Harris' layup around the five-minute mark.
It was a four-point game when Outlaw hit a long jumper with the shot clock winding down with just over a minute remaining.
Harris then came down and missed a contested shot in the lane. The up-and- coming guard was hit with a technical after arguing the non-call all the way down the court, and the Blazers hit 4-of-5 free throws to seal the win.
The Blazers opened the game with the first seven points but the Nets battled back and took a 29-27 lead after 12 minutes of action.
Offense was at a premium in the early going of the next stanza, but Simmons nailed a pair from behind the arc in the final minutes of the first half for a 50-46 New Jersey lead at the intermission.
The advantage moved into double digits until Portland was able to get to the line and inch its way back. Outlaw's three-pointer and Joel Przybilla's tip- in got the visitors within 71-68 with a quarter to play.
Blake left Wednesday's game with a shoulder injury and is expected to miss at least a week's worth of action. Teammate and fellow guard Rudy Fernandez (foot) returned after missing one game and had six points in 23 minutes...Keyon Dooling had 11 points off the bench for the Nets.
01/15 23:58:06 ET