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Unstoppable Roy drops Rockets Blazers star hits 28, including game-winner ROCKETS: Oden suffers knee injury


Unstoppable Roy drops Rockets Blazers star hits 28, including game-winner ROCKETS: Oden suffers knee injury Rockets UPDATE

Saturday: Trail Blazers 90, Rockets 89.

Record: 11-9.

Wednesday: Cleveland at Toyota Center, 7:30 p.m.

TV/radio: FSH; 610 AM and 850 AM (Spanish).

PORTLAND, Ore. - As inventive as the Rockets have been, missing shots and sending Carl Landry crashing to the offensive glass, scoring with every late assault of the boards, the Trail Blazers went with something more conventional.

They gave guard Brandon Roy the ball and let him go to work.

On three consecutive possessions, Landry grabbed the rebound of missed Rockets shots, drawing fouls and hitting free throws. Roy, however, kept answering.

Finally, after Luis Scola, who scored 21 points, hit a jumper to give the Rockets a one-point lead with 9.1 seconds left, Roy went at them again, beating Trevor Ariza off the dribble, hanging in the air to get past Chuck Hayes and hitting the game-winner to lift the Trail Blazers past the Rockets 90-89 on Saturday night.

The decisive basket ended the Rockets' three-game winning streak and Portland's three-game losing streak.

Roy left the Rockets just three seconds to take the last shot, and Aaron Brooks got a step on Steve Blake. But LaMarcus Aldridge came over to contest Brooks' last shot, forcing Brooks into a tough running attempt that missed at the buzzer.

With the Blazers playing without center Greg Oden, the Rockets stayed in the game down the stretch by hitting the boards. Oden, the former No. 1 overall draft pick who missed his entire first NBA season, left the game in the first quarter with a fractured left patellar tendon. He likely will undergo surgery and miss the remainder of the season.

That helped the Rockets turn their chances over to Landry down the stretch.

The Blazers had gone from a 12-point third-quarter deficit to a three-point fourth-quarter lead. But just as the Blazers had exploited a matchup advantage with Andre Miller in the third quarter, the Rockets pointed Landry toward the Portland defense and let his quickness go to work.

Landry, who finished with 23 points, got the Trail Blazers over the limit and scored seven points in four minutes. But with less than three minutes left and the Blazers holding an 82-81 lead, Joel Przybilla cut him off on a drive and drew an offensive foul.

Roy hit two free throws for a three-point lead and Brooks turned the ball over. But with Roy heading to the rim, the Rockets got another chance when Shane Battier drew a charge. The Rockets then put the game in Landry's hands.

He got the rebound on three consecutive missed shots, hitting two free throws after each. But by then, the Blazers had made their offense uncomplicated, giving Roy the ball and getting out of the way.

Roy scored 12 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter, including Portland's last 10 points of the game.

jonathan.feigen@chron.com


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Added: December 9, 2009

 

 
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