The Portland Trail Blazers erased a 23-point deficit on their way to a big victory over the Dallas Mavericks to even the first round series at 2-2. The Blazers outscored the Mavs 42-18 down the stretch to pull off a 84-82 win. Dallas dominated the third quarter and led 67-49 going into the fourth. They went up 23 points early in the fourth before the Blazers stormed back behind an inspirational performance from Brandon Roy.
Roy scored or assisted on the Blazers last 16 points and hit what proved to be the game winning shot with 37 seconds left. Roy took the Mavs by storm and shredded them for 18 of his game high 24 points in the fourth. With just over a minute left to play, Roy wetted a three over Shawn Marion and got fouled. He knocked down the free throw for a four-point play and tied the game at 82, completing the Blazers comeback. Portland then managed to hold the Mavericks and gained possession after a loose ball. Roy stepped up to the challenge again and took Marion to the hole and banked in a floating jumper to give Portland the lead and the victory.
Big ups to Brandon Roy for his clutch and gutsy performance. The 26-year old Seattle native and UW alum was told earlier in 2011 that he may only have a few seasons left in his young career due to knee issues. The NBA star has no meniscus in either knee and it shows in his game as he lacks the explosiveness he once had.
Roy’s rollercoaster year took another downward spiral as he only logged 8 minutes in Game 2’s loss to the Mavs. He was the last sub used off the bench and played meaningless minutes in the blowout. After the game, Roy admitted to almost coming to tears on the bench as he felt confused, frustrated and sad for himself. He had this to say to reporters:
“There was a point in the first half, and I was thinking ‘You better not cry,’ I mean, serious. I mean, there was a moment where I felt really sorry for myself. Then I was like, nah, you can’t be sorry for yourself. I’m a grown man, but there was a moment there that I felt sorry for myself. Especially when I think I can still help.”
Instead of dwelling on all the bad, Brandon Roy stepped up when it mattered most and evened the series for the Trail Blazers. 756sports wants to give some serious props to Roy and his heroic effort. Good luck with the rest of the series and follow the Warriors way in true “We Believe” fashion and punk those Dirky Mavericks.