NBA Game Summary - Washington at Portland
(Friday, March 19th)
Final Score: Portland 76, Washington 74
Portland, OR (Sports Network) - Brandon Roy's leaner from just inside the three-point line with 0.9 seconds on the clock ended a streak of 14 missed shots for the star and handed the Trail Blazers a 76-74 win over Washington after blowing a double-digit lead late in the fourth.
Roy was handcuffed after stroking a three-pointer for a 9-6 lead and wouldn't score again until his team needed him, holding for a final shot. He sidestepped Alonzo Gee out at the top of the key, stepped over the line and leaned in for the game-winner.
The Wizards had a chance to tie with Shaun Livingston set for an inbounds play, but Marcus Camby swatted the pass intended for Andray Blatche as time expired.
"I was just thinking 'finally.' I took a lot of shots tonight. The majority of them felt good -- a couple of them felt like I was a little off balance but I was just laughing, you know, finally, I made a shot. It was the one to help us win an important game for us," said Roy, whose Trail Blazers are holding on to the Western Conference's eighth and final playoff spot.
Camby, who finished with 19 rebounds and four blocks, also contested a missed Blatche layup with 20.9 seconds left and the game tied at 74 to set up Roy's winner. Roy was 4-of-18 from the field to end with 14 points, LaMarcus Aldridge went for 19 and 12 and Andre Miller donated 14 points in Portland's fifth straight win.
Mike Miller scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Wizards, losers of 10 straight. Blatche was held to 12 points, Randy Foye chipped in 11 and James Singleton added 10 and 16 rebounds.
The Blazers were up 23-18 after one period and 42-30 heading to the locker room after a horrid shooting performance on both sides in the first half. Portland shot 34.1 percent in the opening 24 minutes, compared to just 30.8 percent for Washington.
The Wizards were slightly better in the third quarter and cut the deficit to 55-51, as Portland managed only 13 points.
The hosts scored eight of the first 11 points in the fourth quarter to grab a nine-point lead, 63-54. Aldridge hit a turnaround bank shot moments later, and Jerryd Bayless converted a technical free throw levied against Washington coach Flip Saunders with 6:34 to play, making it a 10-point difference, 66-56.
The Wizards went on an 16-4 run from there to take a 72-70 edge on Foye's jumper with 1:34 remaining. Nicolas Batum hit two free throws for Portland, but Foye came right back with a pull-up deuce.
"Everyone was making plays, hustle plays; to get us back into the game," said Foye. "We let them get offensive rebounds at the end of the game, that's what killed us. Offensive rebounds, and second-chances, and if we were able to rebound at the end of the game we could've put it away."
Aldridge countered with two more at the line, deadlocking things at 74-74, and Miller was off the mark on a three prior to the game's final sequence.
Both teams had dreadful shooting nights overall; Washington connected on 39 percent and Portland a measly 32.1 percent for the game...Bayless ended with nine points, while JaVale McGee scored nine with as many rebounds for the Wizards.
03/20 01:58:52 ET