Game 67: Portland Trail Blazers 110, Golden State Warriors 105

Busta BucketCorrespondent IMarch 12, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 23: Brandon Roy #7 of the Portland Trail Blazers dunks over Brook Lopez #11 of the New Jersey Nets at the Izod Center on February 23, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Ahem. Excuse me.

Last night against the Warriors, Brandon Roy reached another milestone in his young, phenomenal career—he finally beat the Warriors in Oracle Arena.

The Portland Trail Blazers came into Oakland, California having not won there since 2004. On the back of Brandon Roy, who had 24 first half points and 41 overall, the Blazers finally beat the Golden State Warriors in Oakland: 110 to 105.

By no means pretty (16 turnovers) or efficient (shooting 41.9 as a team), the Blazers managed to pull off another much needed win over a sub-.500 team, keeping their playoff hope alive.

The Blazers are now .5 games behind San Antonio Spurs for the 7th seed in the West.

The first half was a run and gun streak fest where the Blazers played the Warriors small, fast style and failed miserably. The Blazers usually efficient defense was nowhere to be found as the Warriors were allowed 28 and 32 points in the first and second quarters respectively.

The teams best defender Nicolas Batum struggled especially on defense. He played 20 minutes in the contest and finished with 6 points, 4 rebounds, and 1 assist. Batum was yanked from the game early having made a couple careless mistakes in the first half of the game.

The Blazers are fifth in the league in turnover rate (TOR 12.48), but committed well above their average with 16 overall and 6 coming from LaMarcus Aldridge alone.

Aldridge struggled in the first half, scoring only 4 points and seemed discombobulated. In a game practically tailor made for a 6'11, long-armed forward, it goes without saying Aldridge didn't take advantage of the size disparity between the Warriors and Blazers.

Aldridge finished with 14 points on 4-14 (eek) shooting, grabbed 8 rebounds and had 1 assist in 33 minutes played. He scored the majority of his points in the fourth quarter however, and was an important reason the Blazers ended with the win.

The Blazers did manage to outscore the Warriors in the paint 46-38 and grab 53 rebounds to the Warrior's 36.

Marcus Camby grabbed 17 rebounds by himself, in what is becoming a familiar presence in the box score as he added 4 points on 1 for 7 shooting and had 1 assist. No blocks tonight but he guarded the paint alongside LaMarcus Aldridge to help halt the Warrior's driving offense.

But the story of the night was the stellar play from All Star Brandon Roy, who scored 41 points and never let the game slip away, no matter how out of control the Blazers played or how many points the team found themselves behind. His scoring was efficient (14-22), timely (15 in the third quarter) and he got to the line in his effort to pressure the Warrior's interior defenders (if you can even call them that).

Roy showed for the first game in some time, a concerted effort on defense forcing the Warrior's quick guards to shoot over the top rather than drive to the basket. Roy lead by example on defense down the stretch, and the rest of the Blazers quickly followed suit.

The Warriors were in control of the game until the last five minutes of the fourth quarter. My second favorite non-Blazer, Stephen Curry showed why he is in the conversation for Rookie of the Year, scoring 15 points on 6 for 15 shooting in 33 minutes.

His shot is among the most pure in the league and he was rewarded with key minutes down the stretch. Monte Ellis fouled out in the fourth quarter, played 28 minutes and had 17 points, 2 assists, and 3 steels.

It appears that the Blazers sense the urgency now in the season. Every game down the stretch is vital if the Blazers want to make the playoffs and they have been playing as if they know it. The Blazers now have the third best road record in the Western Conference and are 2-1 in the season series against the Warriors.

The Blazers take on the Sacramento Kings tonight to finish this short, back to back road trip.

Sophia Brugato | Twitter: @sophiabiabia | s.brugato(at)gmail(dot)com


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