Final

Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 11/1

Game 1: Saturday, November 1st
Trail Blazers96Final
Suns107
Game 2: Saturday, November 22nd
Trail Blazers92Final
Suns102
Game 3: Thursday, December 18th
Suns119Final
Trail Blazers124
Game 4: Thursday, March 26th
Suns109Final
Trail Blazers129

Suns 119

(15-11, 7-6 away)

Trail Blazers 124

(17-10, 9-2 home)

Coverage: TNT

10:30 PM ET, December 18, 2008

Moda Center, Portland, OR

1 2 3 4 T
PHX 28 38 27 26119
POR 31 28 39 26124

Top Performers

Phoenix: A. Stoudemire 23 Pts, 8 Reb, 8 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

Portland: B. Roy 52 Pts, 5 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Blk

Blazers end 11-game skid vs. Phoenix behind Roy's career-high 52

Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Brandon Roy kept scoring until the Portland Trail Blazers had finally finished off the Phoenix Suns.

Fast Facts

• Brandon Roy scored a career-high 52 points, the second most points scored by a player this season behind Tony Parker's 55 vs. Minnesota.

• On AllNight on ESPN Radio, Roy said he felt during warm-ups like he was going to have a really good game and his confidence grew with each quarter. Listen

• Roy has averaged 36.4 points over his last five games, which leads the NBA during that span (since Dec. 9th).

• Portland beat Phoenix for the first time in its last 12 games and improved to 9-2 at home this season.

• Phoenix has lost four straight on the road.

-- ESPN research

Roy scored a career-high 52 points, including a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1:01 left, in Portland's 124-119 comeback victory over Thursday night.

"I think this is by far the best offensive game I've had," Roy said. "I can't say the basket was big, but my confidence was huge tonight. I just felt like every shot I took was going to go in."

Roy was 14-of-27 from the field and 19-of-21 at the line. He topped his career high of 38 set last Friday night in a double-overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, and ended up two points short of the franchise record of 54 set by Damon Stoudamire against New Orleans on Jan. 14, 2005.

"It really felt like a quiet 52 points. He was just knocking down shots," Portland coach Nate McMillan said. "You almost expect him to do this night after night."

Blazing Up The Charts

Portland's Brandon Roy came just two shy of Damon Stoudamire's franchise record for points in a single game. Here's a look at the top five scoring days in Blazers history.


Most Points In Single Game
Trail Blazers History
Player Total Date
Damon Stoudamire 54 Jan. 14, 2005
Brandon Roy 52 Dec. 18, 2008
Geoff Petrie 51 Jan. 20, 1973
Geoff Petrie 51 March 16, 1973
Clyde Drexler 50 Jan. 6, 1983

The 6-foot-6 guard, averaging 36.4 points in his last five games, was serenaded with chants of "M-V-P! M-V-P!" from the Rose Garden crowd.

"My No. 1 goal is to win. Not to be the MVP. Not to be the All-Star," said Roy, who kept the game ball as a souvenir.

Blazers guard Steve Blake matched his season high with 22 points and added 10 assists, and LaMarcus Aldridge scored 10 of his 16 points in the first quarter to help Portland improve to 17-10. With the victory, Portland ended an 11-game losing streak to Phoenix dating to March 12, 2006.

Amare Stoudemire led the Suns with 23 points, Matt Barnes added 22, Shaquille O'Neal had 19, and Steve Nash finished with 15 points and 11 assists.

Phoenix shot 56.9 percent from the field, and the Suns were even better from 3-point range, hitting 12 of 18. The Blazers weren't far behind, shooting 51.7 percent from the field, and hitting 11 3-pointers.

Barnes and Leandro Barbosa combined to score the Suns' first 18 points of the second quarter to put Phoenix in front 48-38.

A few minutes later, Portland nearly pulled even as Blake hit four consecutive jumpers, including two 3-pointers. But O'Neal, who scored 17 points in the first half, finished the quarter with a three-point play to give Phoenix a 66-59 halftime lead.

Portland used a 39-point third quarter to take a 98-93 lead. Roy scored 14 consecutive points for Portland, triggering a spurt where the Blazers outscored Phoenix 26-9 during the final 6 minutes of the quarter.

The Blazers scored the final seven points. Aldridge hit a difficult bank shot with 1:26 left to tie it at 119, then Roy put Portland ahead for good with a 3-pointer with 1:01 remaining.

"We gave another game away," Phoenix center Shaquille O'Neal said. "We're not getting loose balls, and you can't have 16 turnovers. And you've got to stop somebody. You can't let a guy go for 52. It was not acceptable."

Game notes


Portland forward Ike Diogu moved into the Blazers' regular 10-man rotation, replacing Channing Frye. Diogu played only 36 minutes in Portland's first 26 games. ... The Blazers lead the NBA in rebounding margin at plus 5.8 per game. ... Phoenix scored 66 points in the first half, a season high for a Portland opponent this season. ... Stoudemire has scored more than 20 points in nine consecutive games. ... Roy had career highs for free throws (19) and attempts (21). The 52-point game was the fifth 50-point performance in Portland's 38-year history.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
PHX
POR
Points 119 124
FGM-FGA 41-72 (.569) 45-87 (.517)
3PM-3PA 12-18 (.667) 11-23 (.478)
FTM-FTA 25-29 (.862) 23-30 (.767)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 7-32 15-35
Assists 28 23
Turnovers 16 6
Steals 3 9
Blocks 4 5
Fast Break Points 13 15
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (1/0) 22 (2/0)
Largest Lead 12 7

Top Performers

Phoenix
Portland
Amar'e Stoudemire Stoudemire
Points: 23
Reb: 8
Ast: 8
Stl: 1
Blk: 2
Brandon Roy Roy
Points: 52
Reb: 5
Ast: 6
Stl: 0
Blk: 1