Published March 20, 2010
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Brandon Roy rebounded from a cold spell to hit a 22-foot jumper with 0.9 seconds left and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Washington Wizards 76-74 on Friday night.
Roy, who averaged 27 points last week as the Western Conference player of the week, finished with 14 points for the Blazers, who have won five straight.
Mike Miller had 16 points for the Wizards, who have lost 10 straight. Washington trailed by 16 points, but pulled to 69-67 with 2:50 left after Al Thornton's dunk and free throw.
Randy Foye hit a 2-pointer with 2:11 left that gave the Wizards a 70-69 lead. After Andre Miller's free throw for Portland, Foye hit a pullup jumper to put Washington ahead 72-70.
Nicolas Batum made two free throws before Foye hit another jumper to put Washington ahead 74-72 with 1:01 left.
LaMarcus Aldridge made a pair of foul shots before Andray Blatche missed a layup. And Roy closed it out with his jumper on the other end.
Aldridge shad 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Blazers, and Miller added 14 points. Marcus Camby had 19 rebounds.
Portland appeared inexplicably sluggish after a rare four days off following a 109-98 victory over Toronto on Sunday.
Andre Miller's fadeaway jumper put Portland up 36-26 and the Blazers led 16 points en route to a 42-30 halftime lead. Roy had 10 first-half points and Camby had 11 first-half rebounds.
But the Blazers struggled in the third quarter, when Roy's missed shots mounted to 12 straight shots, and the Wizards closed the gap to 55-51 on James Singleton's layup to start the fourth quarter.
Earlier Friday the Wizards signed guard Shaun Livingston for the rest of the season after playing through a pair of 10-day contracts. He originally joined Washington on Feb. 26.
Going into the game, he averaged 4.9 points and 3.3 assists in 15½ minutes in 10 games. He scored Washington's first basket against the Blazers.
Earl Boykins did not make the trip to Portland with the Wizards because of a stomach virus.
Blatche started despite spraining his left ankle in practice on Tuesday and finished with 12 points.
NOTES: Roy arrived at the arena dressed in his University of Washington warmups. Roy wore No. 3 for the Huskies and is unabashedly rooting for them in the NCAA tournament. Washington will play New Mexico in a second-round game in San Jose on Saturday. ... Portland's Andre Miller played in his 600th consecutive game — the longest active streak in the NBA — on his birthday.