Blazers win at the end 72-68
- Kerry Eggers
- Portland Tribune - Sports
Roy, Aldridge make key plays in final minute versus Washington
LAS VEGAS -- Brandon Roy knocked down a pair of free throws and LaMarcus Aldridge scored on a tip-in in the final minute as Portland beat Washington 72-68 Monday in the Las Vegas Summer League.
The victory was the third straight for Portland (3-1), which ends play Wednesday against Phoenix in a game that will be aired on delay over KXL (750 AM).
'Good to get the win,' said Roy, who hit 6 of 9 shots from the field and 6 of 8 from the line en route to an 18-point game. 'The second half was pretty sluggish, but at least we made the plays at the end.'
Martell Webster scored 17 of his game-high 19 points in the first half and Portland shot .667 from the field as the Blazers rolled to a 46-34 lead at the break.
A Webster 3-pointer gave Portland a 23-9 lead with four minutes left in the first quarter -- and Roy, who hasn't started in any of the four games here, not yet in the game. The Blazers settled for a 30-21 advantage after one period.
Portland extended its lead to 46-30 before going into intermission with a 46-34 edge.
The Blazers held a comfortable lead most of the way until Washington made a run, cutting the margin to 66-65 on Peter John Ramos' dunk with 3:20 to play.
Webster's driving bank shot at the three-minute mark pushed Portland ahead 68-65, but the Blazers didn't score again until Roy broke a 68-68 tie with a pair of free throws with 40 seconds remaining.
After a Wizard turnover, Aldridge tipped in a Roy miss with 10 seconds left, and the Blazers had a win.
Aldridge finished with 12 points and eight rebounds and Travis Outlaw had 13 points and six boards for Portland.