Sunday, April 24, 2011

Stat of the Day Line: April 24th

B. Roy (POR): 18 points (8-10 FG), 2 rebounds, 4 assists in 4th quarter vs. Mavericks
Brandon Roy made the Rose Garden shake as he
almost singlehandedly overcame an 18-point deficit
After playing only eight minutes off the bench in Game Two, Brandon Roy (see right) admitted he almost cried.  After his performance last night in Game Four, it might very well have been the Mavericks who were crying about Roy's playing time.  As far as they were concerned, he got way, way too much of it, as he led a furious Blazers comeback to tie the series at two games apiece. Through three quarters of last night's game, the former All-Star Roy was in the midst of another lackluster effort: six points on a 1-3 shooting and some free throws.  Perhaps unsurprisingly, then, Portland found itself in an 18-point hole.  As soon as the fourth quarter started, though, Roy turned it on and led a comeback for the ages.  In those twelve minutes, Brandon Roy scored 18 points--the Mavericks only scored 15 as a team--on 8-10 from the floor.  He also grabbed two rebounds and dished out four assists, meaning he scored or assisted on 27 of the 35 Trailblazers points in the final period.  Roy actually scored the Blazers' final eight points, including a four-point play with 1:06 remaining to make a three-point deficit into a one-point lead for Portland.  Due to their shooting guard's heroics, Portland outscored the Mavericks by 20 and pulled out a two-point victory in the final minute.  Who hit the tie-breaking and game-winning shot?  Brandon Roy, of course.

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