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Trail Blazers roll as Roy returns

Jan 11, 2009 - 6:43 AM By James Reddick PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

PORTLAND, Oregon (Ticker) -- Brandon Roy returned and the Portland Trail Blazers celebrated by dousing the Golden State Warriors, 113-100, on Saturday.

The All-Star guard scored 19 points after missing four games with a hamstring injury and the rest of the Trail Blazers enjoyed a 67-45 advantage over the middle two quarters to easily overcome Golden State's nine-point lead after the first quarter.

"I surprised myself and played better than I thought that I might - and a little bit more," Roy said after playing 31 minutes and hitting 8-of-15 shots. "With everybody playing well, I didn't have to do too much."

Corey Maggette came off the bench in the first quarter and scored five points in a 7-0 run that gave the Warriors a 25-16 lead after one.

The Warriors built the lead to 34-22 before Portland awoke and outscored the Warriors, 33-15, over the final 8:25 of the half. Travis Outlaw capped the surge with a jumper from the arc and a slam in the final minute of the second quarter.

Golden State tried to make a game of it, closing within 60-55 in the third quarter before the Blazers caught fire again. Roy and Nicolas Batum keyed a 15-2 tear that boosted the lead to 18 and basically settled the contest.

The Warriors didn't cave, drawing within 99-94 in the fourth quarter. But Portland ended any mystery, as Roy ripped off the next five points to build the lead to 10 with 3:17 left.

"They had some big plays at the end," Maggette said. "Roy did a great job, as well as LaMarcus (Aldridge). At the end of the day, whoever gets the win is whoever plays the hardest."

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 26 points as Portland placed six players in double figures to win its second straight. The Blazers hit 51 percent (38-of-75) from the field.

"LaMarcus has been a big key in us have success of late," Portland head coach Nate McMillan said. "Tonight, he did a good job of getting to the basket and putting pressure on their defense."

Golden State, which has lost five in a row, was led by Maggette's 25 points. The Warriors fell to 10-28. Last season, they did not lose their 27th game until March 29 en route to a 48-34 finish.

"I like the fact that we gave ourselves a chance a couple of times late in the game," Golden State coach Don Nelson said.