2011 NBA Playoffs: Brandon Roy Rallies Portland Trail Blazers to Game 4 Victory

Kristian Winfield@@KrisWinfield_Correspondent IIIApril 24, 2011

PORTLAND, OR - APRIL 23:  Brandon Roy #7 of the Portland Trail Blazers walks off the court after overcoming a 23 point deficit to defeat the Dallas Mavericks 84-82 in Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 23, 2011 at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon. 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 Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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The crowd was so silent, sweat droplets sounded like nuclear warfare.

Jason Terry and Dirk Nowitzki absorbed whatever life was left in the Rose Garden crowd, and the Blazers needed a miracle to get back into the game.

That miracle was Brandon Roy.

After hitting a lopsided three-pointer at the end of the third quarter, Roy simply exploded in the fourth, putting the team on his back to even the series in the first round of Western Conference playoffs against the Dallas Mavericks at 2-2.

Roy was the crutch for the Blazers in the fourth, scoring 18 of his team's 35 points in the period, including the game-winning bank shot that gave the Portland Trail Blazers an 84-82 home victory.

The Rose Garden Arena, became a college-like atmosphere. As soon as the final buzzer sounded, the Trail Blazer bench, along with the loyal fans, rushed onto the court while the phoenix that rose from the ashes, Roy, wept tears of joy as he held his hand high for all to see.

"I didn't know if I was gonna play basketball at a high level again," Roy said to a TNT reporter after the game. "And to play the way I did tonight... It's special."

Roy finished with 24 points, four rebounds, and five assists, putting up numbers identical to those of his All-Star seasons. His sidekick, LaMarcus Aldridge, didn't have a particularly great shooting night from the field, but he found ways to help the team.

Aldridge shot 6-of-16 from the field, scoring 18 points, but he also had six rebounds, four steals, and three blocks.

Gerald Wallace also had a great night, putting up 10 points and 11 rebounds, but it was clear that Roy was ready to resume his duties as the captain of the Portland Trail Blazers once again.

Down 23 points in the third quarter, it almost looked as though the Blazers were on the brink of a blowout.

Nowitzki and Terry were picking apart the defense, and Jason Kidd was sitting back, knocking down open threes. But Portland didn't come all the way to the playoffs to get shown up in their own house.

The team fought back from a 67-44 deficit to go on a 43-18 run in the final 15 minutes of the game.

"We scrapped, we scrapped, everybody scrapped," Roy said. "We cut that lead from 22 to 9 because of our defensive pressure."

Portland held Nowitzki to his lowest this series: 20 points on 7-of-17 shooting from the field.

Terry scored 13 points, and Marion put up 12 points and 11 rebounds, but the Blazers simply overpowered the Mavs in the fourth quarter.

Roy looked like his knees were fully restored, slashing to the hole and finishing like he used to. Dallas sent different looks at him every time, but once Roy started feeling it, there was no stopping him. 

The series reverts back to Dallas for Game 5 on Monday. Portland hasn't gotten a playoff victory there yet, but judging how Roy was playing today, it shouldn't be a problem.

If the 26-year-old Roy can continue to play at the high level he's played at in the last two games, the Trail Blazers could see themselves going a lot further than the Western Conference Semifinals.

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