Aldridge has his best game in 91-82 loss to Phoenix
LAS VEGAS - Rookies Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge ended the Las Vegas Summer League on a high note, but the Trail Blazers fell 91-82 to the Phoenix Suns Wednesday at Cox Pavilion.
Ruben Douglas and Adam Hess each scored 16 points to lead a balanced Phoenix attack as Portland finished 3-2 in summer-league play.
Roy made 13 of 22 shots from the field, including 8 of 10 in the second half. The 6-6 guard from Washington had 16 of his game-high 35 points in the third quarter and showed NBA 3-point range for the first time, drilling 3 of 3 attempts.
Aldridge had his most productive summer-league performance by far, collecting 19 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots. The 6-11 ex-Texas standout was 8 of 12 from the field in his 35 minutes.
Forward Travis Outlaw had 16 points and seven rebounds for the Blazers.
The Suns hit 19 of 32 shots from the field (.592) to take a 55-37 lead into halftime. Aldridge was the main reason the Blazers were that close, making 7 of 9 shots from the field en route to a 15-point half. Aldridge scored on jump hooks, 12-foot turnarounds, post-ups and follow shots. He got scoring help only from Roy, who had 13 points on 5-of-12 shooting. Martell Webster was 0 for 4 and went scoreless in the half.
Phoenix quickly took a 20-point lead and still was in front 67-49 when the Blazers made a move, outscoring the Suns 17-4 the rest of the third quarter. Roy tallied 11 straight Portland points, including back-to-back 3-pointers and a three-point play. Outlaw blocked two shots and had a screaming dunk on the fast break. Aldridge finished the period strong with a rebound basket and 3-point play, then scored on a jump shot off a rebound at the buzzer to draw Portland within 71-66 entering the final period.
Outlaw's 3 to start the fourth cut the margin to 71-69, but the Blazers were never able to get closer.
Webster had a terrible offensive game, making only 1 of 11 shots and missing all four attempts from 3-point range.
'I was awful, but our team never gave up,' Webster said. 'That was good to see. We battled and battled, and if I'd have helped out more, we might have won.'
Webster averaged 15.2 points through the summer league, second to Roy's 19.0 average. Outlaw averaged 12.8 points while Aldridge averaged 11.8 points and a team-high 7.0 rebounds.