Brandon Roy Leads Miracle Blazers Comeback In Game 4 Win Over Mavericks

Brandon Roy scored 24 points — 18 in the fourth quarter — to lead the Blazers back to a Game 4 win and tie their Western Conference Quarterfinals Series at 2-2.

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Blazers Vs. Mavericks, Final Score: Brandon Roy, Portland Pull Off Thrilling Come-From-Behind Win

As the minutes ticked down in the third quarter, the Portland Trail Blazers looked completely lost, the Mavericks looked to be in complete control, and Game 4 of the opening round of the NBA Playoffs looked certain to be a rout. But in the fourth quarter, Brandon Roy caught fire, and the Blazers engineered an unbelievable rally to edge the Mavs by an 84-82 score.

What makes the Blazers' comeback even more remarkable is how abysmal they were in the minutes preceding it. Portland was in danger of going the entire third quarter without making a single field goal; it wasn't until 1:31 remained in the third quarter that LaMarcus Aldridge hit a bucket.

With 1:15 remaining in the third, the Mavs led 67-44 -- a 23-point lead that the Blazers seemed wholly incapable of testing.  But when the Blazers found a little momentum to open the fourth, the Rose Garden crowd grew steadily louder. Brandon Roy caught fire, scoring 18 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter alone.

The climax came with just over a minute left in the game. Down by four, Roy drained a three and drew a foul, then sank his free throw to complete the four-point play and tie the game. Roy threw down the game-winner with 39 seconds remaining.

Again, this bears repeating: for over ten minutes, the Blazers couldn't hit a single field goal. And then, as though a switch was flipped, the same Blazers went on a 40-15 run in the final 13:31 to edge the Mavs in the final minute. It's difficult to imagine a much more improbable comeback than that.

For more on these teams, check out our Blazers blog, Blazer's Edge, and our Mavs blog, Mavs Moneyball.


Mavericks Vs. Blazers Score: Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Bring Slim Lead Into Halftime

On Saturday, the Dallas Maverick and Portland Trail Blazers are giving us a spirited game. The Mavs lead by a 37-35 score at halftime.

There has been a considerable amount of jawing and physical play in this game so far, and it seems to be spurring on the raucous Rose Garden crowd in Portland. The teams ramped up their scoring in the second quarter, as the Mavs' Dirk Nowitzki finally seemed to find his shot. He leads the Mavericks with nine points.

The Blazers have been led by point guard Andre Miller, who has scored 12 points. They're shooting only 35.5 percent from the field, but just as in the first quarter, they are pulling about even in terms of rebounds and turnovers.

The Mavericks currently lead this series, 2-1. The winner of the series will advance to face the winner of the Lakers-Hornets series, which the Lakers currently lead, two games to one.

Follow along with this StoryStream for game updates. And for more on these teams, check out our Blazers blog, Blazer's Edge, and our Mavericks blog, Mavs Moneyball.

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