With Greg Oden getting most of the attention this year, Brandon Roy gets overlooked.
After tonight, no one will overlook Roy again.
On a nationally televised TNT game, guard Brandon Roy scored a career high 52 points, including a tiebreaking three-pointer with 1:01 left, in the Portland Trailblazers’ 124-119 win over the Phoenix Suns.
Roy, the 2007 Rookie of the Year, shot 14 for 27 from the field and 19 for 21 from the foul line. Roy also had five rebounds and six assists.
Roy’s 52 points is the second highest point total of the season. In early November, Tony Parker scored a career-high 55 points against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The game started as a battle between each team’s respective big men, Shaquille O’Neal for the Suns and Oden for the Trailblazers.
Shaq looked like the Shaq of old in first half, but wilted in the third and fourth quarters. The Diesel finished with 19 points.
Meanwhile, Oden grabbed two huge offensive rebounds late in the fourth quarter to give the Blazers much needed second chances.
However, the hero of the night was Roy. The Suns tried several different defenders on Roy, but none of them could stop the 6’6” guard from Washington from scoring. Roy’s outside shots were falling and he consistently drew contact when he glided to the rim.
This isn’t the first time Roy has shined on TNT. In November, Roy hit a 30-foot jumper as time expired in overtime to lift his team pass the Houston Rockets 101-99.
In Roy’s last four games, he’s scored 30, 33, 38, and 29. However the Blazer were 1-3 during that stretch.
While Roy’s 52 may surprise NBA fans, Blazers’ fans have known all year that it’s Roy team and he’s the go-to-guy.
The only thing holding the Roy back from being a superstar is geography—the game ended around 1 am ET. If Roy played on the east coast, he’d be a household name.