That evening, the Blazers welcome the Mavericks to the Rose Garden for the fourth game of the first round of the playoffs. Dirk Nowitzki’s troupe leads the series 2 wins to 1, and soars to a third success.
At the end of the third quarter, the Blazers are trailing by 23 points, and we think that Dallas will quietly go home with one more victory. The following ? A mixture of history, achievement and emotion, signed Brandon Roy.
From the shadow to the light
However, this year 2011 is a hassle for the idol of Oregon, abandoned by his knee. 47 matches only, half off the bench.
Frustrated by his playing time, he complains, in the media in particular. But that evening, it is from the bench that the miracle will happen. The Mavericks are far ahead, Brandon Roy wants his chance, Nate McMillan gives it to him, and he’s going to take it. First there is going to be this huge shot at the very end of the third quarter. The machine is launched.
The rest is unreal. Brandon Roy takes the game on his own, and he does it all: big shots, crazy baskets, assists for LaMarcus Aldridge. The Blazers were dead, they live again. And when the Roy du Rose Garden equalizes after a 4-point action, the room catches fire.
“When I take this shot, I drop the ball and I look down” told the person concerned. “I look up and see it’s in there. There, I say to myself: ‘Oh, it’s going to be this kind of end of the game’. »
Sweat and tears
The Blazers star isn’t going to stop there, it’s his day. He recovers the ball 45 seconds from the siren, drives on Shawn Marion, rises halfway and scores with the board. 84-82, he has just offered the victory to the Blazers. All his teammates come to congratulate him and Brandon Roy, who signs the last great feat of his career, cries.
“When they all caught me, I just needed to kiss someone. That kind of feeling where you’re just happy to be in good company. I still can’t believe it was real. It was just an amazing game. Coming back, with everything I’ve been through this season, I thought about all that when the guys came up to me to congratulate me, it was really special. »
Brandon Roy finished the match with 24 points, including 18 in the last quarter, but above all, an unforgettable memory for fans of this sport. Despite this, Portland will lose the series 4-2 leaving Dallas slipping to the title.
But that night, the important thing was elsewhere…
How to read the stats? MJ = matches played; Min = Minutes; Shots = Shots made / Shots attempted; 3pts = 3-points / 3-points attempted; LF = free throws made / free throws attempted; Off = offensive rebound; Def= defensive rebound; Tot = Total bounces; Pd = assists; Fte: Personal fouls; Int = Intercepts; Bp = Lost bullets; Ct: Counters; Points = Points.