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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Roy leads Blazers past Mavericks

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Brandon Roy's ongoing process for dealing with his knees is not to get too excited when things go well — as they did against the Mavericks.

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Out of control: Washington's JaVale McGee watches the ball slip through his legs on Tuesday. AP PHOTO

Roy came off the bench to score 21 points, including a key jumper with less than a minute to go, in Portland's 104-101 victory against Dallas on Tuesday night.

Roy, a three-time All-Star, had arthroscopic surgery on both knees in January because of too little cartilage, a condition that will likely bother him the rest of his career.

Since the surgery, he has come off the bench and his minutes have been closely monitored.

"It's a process. I try to stay even keel with everything going on," he said. "Tonight, I felt great."

The Blazers led 100-94 with 3:50 left, but Jason Terry's basket narrowed it to 100-99. Roy hit a pair of free throws before a pull-up jumper that made it 104-99 with 47 seconds left.

Dirk Nowitzki hit a pair of free throws, but after a timeout with 8.8 seconds on the clock, he missed a 3-point attempt from the corner and time ran out for the Mavericks.

"That's the best I've seen him this year," coach Nate McMillan said of Roy, who went on his own personal 10-4 run for the Blazers midway through the second half.

Nowitzki finished with 28 points and 11 rebounds for Dallas, which shot 59.7 percent.

LaMarcus Aldridge led the Blazers with 30 points and eight rebounds. Wesley Matthews added 18 points.

Pacers 119, Knicks 117

In Indianapolis, Danny Granger's jumper with 0.3 seconds left gave the Pacers the victory.

Indiana passed the ball inbounds with 7.8 seconds left. Granger worked the clock, drove right on Shawne Williams, pulled up and connected on a 17-foot fadeaway.

Bulls 98, Wizards 79

In Chicago, Derrick Rose scored 23 points to help the Bulls earn their seventh consecutive victory and move into sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference.

Luol Deng added 20 points and Keith Bogans scored 17, his highest total since joining the Bulls. Bogans took all of his 10 shots from behind the 3-point arc, hitting a season-high five.

Hawks 110, Bucks 85

In Atlanta, sporting a new look, Joe Johnson scored 36 points — 28 in the first half — and the Hawks cruised past the Bucks in a makeup game.

Johnson donned a black headband to protect the back of his scalp after undergoing a procedure to treat a skin infection. It must have helped his shooting touch, too. He made six straight 3-pointers on the way to the highest-scoring half by an Atlanta player this season.

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