Roy has 19 in Blazers’ 88-81 win over Kings
“It’s not winning the way we want,” Roy said, “but we’ve got to keep trying to push to try to find it.”
The Kings pulled to a 74-all tie in the final quarter, but Roy’s jumper with 2:07 remaining made it 85-78 and all but sealed it for the Blazers, who have won five straight against the Kings.
The Blazers were sitting in the eighth spot in the Western Conference, a half-game back of San Antonio as the season winds down and the playoffs loom.
“We’re taking these wins, but we know we have to get better if we’re going to make a push,” said Roy, who added eight rebounds.
“Another game for us against a really good team where we had a chance to win in the last few minutes and came away dry,” coach Paul Westphal said.
Portland acquired Camby in a trade with the Clippers last month to help Juwan Howard(notes) at center in the absence of Greg Oden(notes) and Joel Przybilla(notes). The Blazers lost both their big men to knee injuries earlier this season.
Camby, who had six points, was crucial for Portland’s defense with five blocked shots.
“We don’t win the game tonight if he doesn’t make some of the plays he made,” Portland coach Nate McMillan said.
Miller’s falling-down jumper put the Blazers up 81-76, before Landry hit a pair of free throws to make it 81-78 with 3:35 left. After Batum hit a layup, Roy made his jumper and Portland pulled away.
Landry’s jumper narrowed it to 58-56 midway through the third quarter. Landry, acquired from the Rockets in a three-team, nine-player trade last month, had scored at least 20 points in the last three games.
“We are growing,” Landry said. “We just have to learn how to play together.”
NOTES: Przybilla had surgery Monday evening to repair his re-ruptured right patella tendon. Przybilla was first injured in December and had surgery, but he was re-injured this past Saturday when he slipped in the shower at his home Wisconsin. No timetable has been set for his return. … Former Blazer Bill Walton was honored with a throwback jersey as Portland continued its 40th anniversary celebration. … Kings forward/guard Ime Udoka(notes), a former Blazer, did not play because of a sore left knee and ankle sustained in Sacramento’s 108-102 loss to Oklahoma City on Sunday.