NBA Game Summary - Oklahoma City at Portland
(Monday, April 12th)
Final Score: Portland 103, Oklahoma City 95
Portland, OR (Sports Network) - Without Brandon Roy, Portland turned to a pair of veterans to will out an important victory for playoff seeding, as Marcus Camby scored a season-high 30 points with 13 rebounds and Andre Miller added 22 points and seven assists in the Trail Blazers' 103-95 victory over Oklahoma City.
Roy got bad news before the game, a diagnosis that revealed a partially torn meniscus in his right knee. He will rest for several days for determining whether or not he will play through the injury during the playoffs or have surgery that requires a four-to-six week recovery.
In the present, Portland got over the hump thanks to Camby, Miller and solid games from LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum, who scored 15 and 12 points, respectively.
"We've been in this position before without having guys," Aldridge said. "We don't want to get used to it, but at least we've been here, so we know how to play. That makes it a little bit easier."
The Trail Blazers are tied with San Antonio for the sixth position in the Western Conference playoff race, while Oklahoma City was pushed to eighth and will have to face the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers in the first round. Portland is in the driver's seat as far as getting that sixth spot. The Blazers need either a win at home over Golden State on Wednesday or a loss by the Spurs at Dallas on the final night of the regular season to secure the No. 6 seed.
Kevin Durant scored a team-best 30 points, Jeff Green added 17, James Harden chipped in with 12 and Russell Westbrook tallied 11 to go along with seven rebounds.
"We have to take the opportunity to go there and play hard," Durant said of the matchup with the Lakers. "Nobody expected us to even be here."
Portland trailed 51-43 at the half, but stormed out of the gates with the first 10 points of the third capped by Miller's short running jumper for a 53-51 lead. Back and forth the teams went in the remainder of the period, with Durant's three giving the visitors a 61-58 lead, but a free throw from Rudy Fernandez followed by a Jerryd Bayless layup handed the Trail Blazers a 73-71 edge heading into the fourth quarter.
It was there that the young Thunder struck the first blow, taking a 78-75 lead on a Green three and mid-range jumper, capping a quick 7-0 start to the quarter. Harden drained a trey moments later for an 84-79 lead, but Camby's slam off a Miller assist put the home team back in front, 85-84, with just under seven minutes to play.
The key series of possessions occurred moments later after Durant's short bucket squared the game at 88-88. Portland scored the next 12 points, as Oklahoma City went over three minutes without a point. Camby's tip-in off a Batum miss punctuate the surge that put the game out of reach.
Portland held an early 15-8 edge, but the Thunder reeled off the final 10 points of the period capped by Durant's three-pointer for a 28-22 edge.
Portland made 50 percent of its shots, but just 3-of-15 from long distance, while the Thunder connected on 46.9 shots from the floor...The game featured 16 ties and 10 lead changes...Thunder forward Nick Collison was whistled for a flagrant foul on Aldridge in the fourth period.
04/13 02:09:10 ET