NBA Playoffs 2011: Brandon Roy Fuels Trail Blazers' Epic Comeback Win
There are comebacks and then there are “Man, you really, really had to see it to believe it” moments. As you might expect, the latter doesn’t happen too often. But on Saturday night, it did in historical fashion. The Portland Trail Blazers came back from an 18-point fourth-quarter deficit to stun the Dallas Mavericks, 84-82, and send this series back to Texas all squared away at two games.
The Blazers, who muffed, mismanaged and missed for 36 of the contest’s 48 minutes, outscored the Mavs 35-15 in the fourth, hitting a sizzling 75 percent of their shots. The combination of Portland guard Brandon Roy’s 18 points in the final frame and a throaty Rose Garden crowd powered the win, the second-biggest comeback in playoff history.
The remarkable Roy was all smiles with The Oregonian after the game.
"When we were making the comeback, I never thought we were going to win the game. But win the Blazers did, in a rally that almost had to be seen to be believed. It was an incredible game to be a part of.”
And it was nearly as incredible to watch it all happen as an NBA fan.
Game 5 is Monday in Dallas. The Mavericks will do everything in their power to have the miserable taste of this meeting out of their mouths before then. Stopping the whispers about another early Dallas playoff exit, however, might prove even tougher.
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