Roy leads Blazers over Jazz
Portland, OR (Sports Network) – Brandon Roy scored a career-high 29 points to
lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a 94-89 victory over the Utah Jazz at the
Travis Outlaw added 22 points for Portland, which halted a four-game skid.
Jarrett Jack pitched in 14 points for the Trail Blazers, who got 11 points
from Fred Jones.
Portland played without rookie LaMarcus Aldridge, who will be sidelined
indefinitely because of a rapid heartbeat and dizziness. Largely because of
the situation with Aldridge, the Blazers have signed center Luke Schencher for
the rest of the season.
Carlos Boozer scored 21 points and tied his career-high with 21 rebounds for
Utah, which had won four of its last five games. Deron Williams had 14 points
and 13 assists for the Jazz, which also got double-digit scoring contributions
from Gordan Giricek (13), Matt Harpring (12) and Mehmet Okur (11).
Roy broke an 87-87 tie with 1:03 remaining in the contest, as he hit a pair of
free throws. Then, after a defensive stop by the Blazers, Roy went back to the
foul line with 29.5 seconds left and hit two more free throws.
Trailing 91-87, Utah failed to capitalize on the ensuing offensive possession.
Roy was fouled again with 17.7 seconds remaining and hit one of two attempts
from the charity stripe.
Giricek hit a bank shot for Utah with seven seconds left, making the score
92-89. Once again, Roy stepped to the line with 6.7 seconds remaining on the
clock and sealed the victory for his Blazers with two more foul shots.
Utah outscored Portland by one point in both the first and second quarters, as
the Jazz owned a 45-43 lead at intermission.
Portland dominated play in the third quarter, as it outscored Utah 27-15 in
the frame to take a 70-60 lead heading into the final frame.
The Trail Blazers extended their advantage to 73-60, but Utah came storming
back to grab an 83-81 edge.
Roy scored 25 of his 29 points in the second half…Outlaw’s 22 points tied a
career high…Utah owned a 28-14 rebounding advantage at
intermission…Portland shot 24-of-28 from the foul line, while the Jazz were
a less impressive 16-of-25 from the charity stripe.