Miller’s career-high 52 points helped the Trail Blazers snap a three-game skid, and they may need another big game from their point guard Monday night as it’s unlikely Roy will return when Portland hosts the surging Charlotte Bobcats.
The Trail Blazers (28-21) have been as banged up as any team in the league, with Greg Oden(notes) and Joel Przybilla(notes) out for the season and Travis Outlaw(notes) still a month or so away from returning from left foot surgery.
Roy’s sprained right hamstring, though, is the greatest concern. Portland’s leading scorer (23.1 points per game) has missed eight of the team’s last nine games and is due to be re-evaluated Monday.
The Blazers had lost five of their last six without him heading into Dallas on Saturday, but Miller delivered a rare offensive showcase. He’d averaged 5.0 points and made 4 of 25 shots during Portland’s three-game slide, but scored 52 Saturday - including 25 in the fourth quarter and overtime - to lift the Blazers to a 114-112 win.
“I’ve had a few heated nights in my career, but I think this was one of those nights where I just didn’t stop shooting,” Miller said. “The other nights when I was hot, I stopped myself from shooting the ball. …Tonight was the night where I just kept doing it. I just didn’t settle.”
Charlotte is 21-16 since Jackson’s arrival, and while 15 of those wins have come at home, it’s starting to learn how to win on the road. The Bobcats dropped three straight from Jan. 22-25, including the opener of their six-game trip, but they haven’t lost since.
Jackson had 30 in victories at Phoenix and Golden State, but shot 5 of 19 Saturday at Sacramento. Gerald Wallace(notes), however, picked up the slack, pouring in a season-high 38 points in a 103-96 win over his former team.
“(Wallace) has been phenomenal,” coach Larry Brown told the NBA’s official Web site. “… He has played great all year but the last month he has just taken it to a new level.”
Wallace has averaged 27.3 points and 10.0 rebounds thus far on the road trip.
Aldridge has averaged 20.9 points in his past eight games after scoring 13.3 over his previous eight.
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