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article imageNBA: Brandon Roy leads Blazers to 84-82 victory over Mavs

By Austin Tyler     Apr 24, 2011 in Sports
Portland - The Blazers pulled off a big win in game three to try and keep thing even. The win last night put the Blazers in position to end the series on their home court if they can get a win in Dallas. With a win in Dallas they can gain home court advantage.
The Dallas Mavericks (57-25) were looking to come in here and get both games against the Portland Trail Blazers (48-34). Instead they lost game three and were hoping for a split, but the Blazers got a huge lift from Brandon Roy. The last time the Mavs were up 2-0 and lost the next two games, the Mavs were facing the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals and they ended up losing that series.
The Mavs jumped out to an 8-4 lead with a DeShawn Stevenson three-pointer. Wesley Matthews made a three-pointer and Andre Miller made a jumper to give the Blazers the one-point lead. The game was tied up at 11 points apiece and Dirk Nowitzki made a three-pointer to break the tie and give the Mavs a 14-11 lead.
Both teams struggled from the 3:30 mark all the way to the last .38 seconds of the period as neither team scored till then. Jose Barea ended the drought as the Mavs took a 16-11 lead to end the period.
Nicolas Batum made a layup for the Blazers to open the second quarter and end their scoring drought. The Mavs then pushed their lead to 22-13 with a Jason Terry jumper. The Blazers got within five with a pair of LaMarcus Aldridge and Brandon Roy free-throws to make it 24-19.
Both teams traded baskets, but the Mavs took a ten-point lead when Tyson Chandler made a layup. Portland began to battle back with a pair of Andre Miller free-throws to make it 35-29. The Blazers ended the half with a 6-0 run that got them within two, 37-35.
The teams traded free-throws to open the third quarter, and the Mavs scored next nine points to take a 48-37 lead. Gerald Wallace made a pair of free-throws for the Blazers, but the Mavs went on a 16-2 run this time capped off by a Peja Stojakovic three-pointer.
The score was 64-41, and Peja hit another three-pointer to make it 67-44 to give the Mavs a 23-point lead. Portland got a jumper from LaMarcus Aldridge and Brandon Roy made a three-pointer to trim the Mavs lead down a little.
The Blazers opened the final period with a 16-6 run to get within 13 points, 73-62. The Mavs called a quick timeout and their lead back up to 11 points. Brandon Roy made a jumper to get the Mavs lead down to single-digits, 75-66.
Dallas had an 80-70 lead after Jason Terry made a clutch three-pointer as the shot clock expired. With 3:11 left in the game the Blazers made their run behind Brandon Roy. Roy came down and made a jumper to make it 78-80, and Shawn Marion responded with a jumper of his own to make it a four-point game.
Roy then came down and hit a three-pointer and was fouled while the ball went in. He made the free-throw to cap off a four-point play and tie the game up at 82 points apiece. Dallas called a timeout and missed their basket coming out. Roy then dibbled into the paint and made a back-shoot to give the Blazers a two-point lead, and force Dallas to take another timeout.
Dallas was now out of timeouts and Jason Kidd missed his go ahead three-pointer. The Blazers got the rebound and gave it right back to Roy at the top of the key. Roy dribbled down the clock and shot a three, but missed and about time the Mavs passed the ball up court it was only two seconds left.
Jason Terry had a chance to win the game with his three-pointer as time expired, but clanged off the rim and the game was over.
The Dallas Mavericks were led by Dirk Nowitzki who scored 20 points. Shawn Marion had 12 points and 11 rebounds. Jason Terry came off the bench to add 13 points and Peja Stojakovic added eight points. Jason Kidd had another low scoring game with just nine points with five rebounds and four assists.
Andre Miller of the Portland Trail Blazers.
Andre Miller of the Portland Trail Blazers.
The Portland Trail Blazers were led by the game hero Brandon Roy who scored 18 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter. Roy also had five assists and four rebounds. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 18 points with six rebounds, four steals and three blocks. Gerald Wallace scored 10 points with 11 rebounds, and Andre Miller scored 14 points with Wesley Matthews adding 11 points.
The 23 points the Blazers came back from was the biggest in playoff history. Portland became the third NBA team in the shot-clock era to win a playoff game when trailing by 18 points or more heading into the fourth quarter.
We now know for sure that the series will go six, but game five will be played in Dallas on Monday, April 25, 2011 at 8:30 PM (EST).
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