PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ Brandon Roy scored 24 points, including
the go-ahead free throw with 2.3 seconds left, and the Portland
Trail Blazers erased an 18-point deficit to beat the Atlanta Hawks
The victory snapped a two-game losing streak for Portland, which
improved its record at the Rose Garden to 18-4.
The Blazers pulled within 91-87 with 2:24 left on Roy's
left-handed layup and free throw. Josh Smith came back for the
Hawks with a dunk, but LaMarcus Aldridge's bank shot narrowed it
Roy's layup with 1:13 to go made it 93-91, and after Joe Johnson
missed a short jumper on the other end, Roy made another layup to
Johnson's long jumper with 8.3 seconds left fell short. Roy
tried a fadeaway jumper, but was fouled by Johnson.
The crowd at the Rose Garden gasped when Roy missed his first
free throw. He made the second for a 94-93 lead, and Johnson's
jumper as time ran out missed.
Johnson led the Hawks with 19 points. Marvin Williams and Smith
each had 17.
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