Trail Blazer fans react to Brandon Roy's game-winner: The Natural will always be loved in Rip City

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Jamie Hudson
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The final seconds of overtime in the Nov. 6, 2008 battle between Portland and Houston were quite a rollercoaster of emotions.

It was just the fifth game of the season for both teams. The Trail Blazers squeaked out a 101-99 victory over the Rockets thanks to Brandon Roy.

Roy first hit a 21-foot jumper with 1.9 seconds left in overtime to put Portland up 98-96.

There are several highlights of this game online, but as PDX Timmay points out it's hard to find it in its entirety.

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Whether it was Houston's Tracey McGrady and Yao Ming or Portland's Brandon Roy and Rudy Fernandez, there were many players in this game NBA fans loved to watch back in the day.

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Ming was averaging 18.8 points while shooting 47 percent from the floor to go along with 10.3 rebounds through the first four games of the season.  

Trail Blazers fans were also excited to see Channing Frye in a Blazers uni. And what about the Vanilla Gorilla? This 2008-09 squad had many fan favorites including Joel Przybilla.  

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When Ming completed an old fashioned three-point play to give Houston a 99-98 lead, Roy went to work with 0.8 seconds left in OT. He took the inbounds pass from Steve Blake, elevated from 30 feet and drained the three-pointer.

Roy finished the game going 6-for-18 from the field with 17 points as the Rose Garden crowd was treated to the thrilling two-point victory over the Rockets.

Roy had scored his second field goal of the game at the 3:05 mark of the third quarter to put the Blazers up 70-66.

Houston finished the game on a 19-7 run to rally back and force overtime. At the end of regulation, it was all tied up at 90. 

Rewatching the Roy-game-winner had Rip City feeling a certain type of way.

There was and will always be so much love for B-Roy.

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Trail Blazer fans react to Brandon Roy's game-winner: The Natural will always be loved in Rip City originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest