Blazers Amazingly Avoid Another Major Injury, Down Pacers

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Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Brandon Roy totaled 29 points on 11-of-21 shooting and added seven rebounds and five assists, as the injury-plagued Trail Blazers pulled out a 102-91 victory against the Pacers at Conseco Fieldhouse.

LaMarcus Aldridge posted 20 and eight rebounds, and Andre Miller scored 15 for Portland, which had lost four of its last five games. Joel Przybilla started and saw extended minutes at center in place of Greg Oden and ended with 12 points and eight boards.

Since taking an exciting 90-89 victory from Houston on Saturday, Portland has lost Oden to season-ending surgery to repair a fracture in his left patella and guard Rudy Fernandez for the next 4-to-6 weeks following lower back surgery.

Making matters worse, head coach Nate McMillan underwent surgery this week to correct a ruptured right Achilles' tendon suffered during practice. He did not accompany the team for its current four-game Eastern Conference road swing.

Dahntay Jones had 19 points and Tyler Hansbrough scored 13 with 11 rebounds for Indiana, which is not without injury problems of its own.

The Pacers, losers of six straight and 10 of their last 11 overall, learned Tuesday they will be without leading scorer Danny Granger for at least a month due to a torn plantar fascia in his right foot.

Portland jumped out to a 26-19 lead after the opening 12 minutes and maintained a seven-point advantage at halftime, 52-45.

The Pacers kept things close in the third and got to within three, 58-55, on a short jumper from Jones with 6 1/2 minutes left.

Jeff Foster's layup made it a 61-59 deficit close to five minutes remaining, but the Blazers wouldn't relinquish the lead and opened up a seven-point margin on Miller's three-pointer with 1:20 left on the clock.

Indiana, though, rallied to within two heading to the fourth with a pair of baskets from A.J. Price and Hansbrough making it a 77-75 affair.

Troy Murphy's three-pointer moments into the final period got Indiana within one and the hosts drew even for the first time since the game's opening minutes on back-to-back Luther Head jumpers with 7:41 to play.

Roy, though, helped keep the Blazers in front by pouring in six straight points for the visitors, and a Steve Blake three dropped for a 92-85 lead with five minutes to go.

Roy scored consecutive baskets a short time later, with his layup providing a 96-89 advantage inside 2 1/2 minutes remaining. Miller then buried a pair of shots around a T.J. Ford make for a 100-91 margin winding under a minute left to help assure the win.

The Blazers will also visit the Cavaliers and Bucks on their current swing...Assistant coach Dean Demopoulos is filling in for McMillan...The Pacers will host New Jersey on Friday to conclude a brief two-game homestand...Head notched nine points while Ford and Brandon Rush scored eight apiece for Indiana, which shot just 3-of-17 (17.6 percent) from beyond the arc and 41.3 percent from the field...Portland hit 6-of-16 three-pointers and shot 49.4 percent from the floor...Portland won both matchups with Indiana a season ago, but the Blazers have lost six of the last nine visits to Conseco Fieldhouse.

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