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Roy caps Portland comeback Blazers overcome 23-point deficit

Brandon Roy's season had been fraught with uncertainty, first over the stability of his knees, then over his diminished role with the team.

All those doubts melted away on Saturday when he led the Portland Trail Blazers to one of the greatest comebacks in NBA playoff history.

With 39.2 seconds left, Roy made a go-ahead bank shot that gave the Trail Blazers a stunning 84-82 comeback victory over the Dallas Mavericks -- and evened their first-round playoff series at two games apiece.

Roy finished with 24 points -- 18 in the fourth quarter alone -- as the Blazers erased a 23-point deficit. Portland became the third NBA team in the shot clock era to win a playoff game when trailing by 18 points or more heading into the fourth quarter.

"I've been in some pretty good zones before," the three-time All-Star said. "But nothing like [Saturday]."

After the victory, Roy was swallowed by the embrace of several of his teammates.

"It still just doesn't feel real yet," he said. "It was just an unbelievable game and comeback. With everything I've been through this season, they just all came into that moment there on the court when guys we're grabbing and cheering me on. It was real special."

After Roy's go-ahead jumper from out front banked in, the Mavericks missed two three-point tries, the first from Jason Kidd and the second from Terry as time ran out. Roy defended Terry on the final shot.

Dirk Nowitzki had 20 points to lead the Mavericks.

Aldridge finished with 18 points for the Blazers.


Pacers stay alive

INDIANAPOLIS -- Danny Granger scored 24 points and the Indiana Pacers avoided elimination by holding off a furious rally to beat the Chicago Bulls, 89-84.

Carlos Boozer missed a three-point attempt that could have tied the game with a second remaining.

Indiana never trailed and finally broke through after losing the first three games by a combined 15 points.

Bulls guard Derrick Rose, who averaged 32.7 points in the first three games, finished with 15 points and 10 assists. He sprained his left ankle late in the first quarter.


Grizzlies make history

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Zach Randolph scored 25 points, including a rare three-pointer with 41.9 seconds left, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the San Antonio Spurs, 91-88, for the franchise's first playoff win on its home court.

Memphis is trying to become just the fourth team to knock off the top-seeded team.

Manu Ginobili led the Spurs with 23 points.


Today's games

Judging by the pace of practice at Saint Joseph's University, it seems the Miami Heat are already gearing up for a showdown with the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference semifinals. First, the Heat will have to complete a sweep of the Philadelphia 76ers by winning Game Four today (1 p.m., Ch. 7).

New York Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire (back spasms) says his injury is worse and needs to feel better if he is going to play in today's Game Four (3:30 p.m., Ch. 7) against the Boston Celtics.

The NBA suspended Atlanta's Zaza Pachulia and Orlando's Jason Richardson for tonight's Game Four (7 p.m., TNT) of a testy Eastern Conference playoff series after their altercation Friday.

New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul practiced with a wrap on his left hand, the result of a thumb injury suffered Friday night in a Game Three loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. Paul said he expects to be fine for tonight's Game Four (9:30 p.m., TNT).

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