Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 12/9

Game 1: Wednesday, December 9th
Trail Blazers102Final
Pacers91
Game 2: Wednesday, March 3rd
Pacers79Final
Trail Blazers102

Pacers 79

(20-41, 7-25 away)

Trail Blazers 102

(37-27, 20-13 home)

    Coverage: FSMW

    10:00 PM ET, March 3, 2010

    Moda Center, Portland, OR

    1 2 3 4 T
    IND 26 15 21 1779
    POR 32 21 26 23102

    Top Performers

    Indiana: D. Granger 30 Pts, 4 Reb, 1 Stl

    Portland: B. Roy 22 Pts, 5 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Blk

    Roy, Aldridge spark Blazers' blowout of Pacers

    Associated Press

    PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Portland Trail Blazers brought their high-scoring ways home with them.

    Brandon Roy scored 22 points, LaMarcus Aldridge added 19 points and seven rebounds, and the Trail Blazers continued the offensive push that carried them through a tough road swing, cruising to a 102-79 win over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night.

    Rudy Fernandez had 16 points, including five 3-pointers for Portland. Andre Miller added 12 and Jerryd Bayless had 10. The Blazers, coming off a 4-1 road trip, have scored more than 100 points in six straight games for the first time since Feb. 4-17, 1998.

    "It's a good sign," Portland coach Nate McMillan said. "To move the ball, set good screens, don't ball and fake the open man. We've got guys who can put the ball in the basket."

    Danny Granger led the Pacers with 30 points. He got very little help on the offensive end. T.J. Ford added nine and Dahntay Jones had eight. Indiana second-leading scorer Troy Murphy was just 2 of 7 from the field and Brandon Rush made 2 of 9. The Pacers had 18 turnovers.

    "We turned the ball over way too many times," Murphy said. "Portland did a good job defensively, but we have got to give a better effort than we did tonight."

    The Pacers were even worse on the defensive end, particularly inside, where Aldridge made eight of 11 shots. Indiana has given up 100 or more points in 41 games this season and entered the game 24th in the league in scoring defense.

    Granger bounced back after a 2-for-9 shooting night in a 122-99 loss at the Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday night. An All-Star in 2008-09, Granger averaged 26.6 points in the previous seven games.

    Portland has been surging since Roy's recovery from a nagging hamstring problem, and with five wins in the last six games the Blazers have a tentative hold on the eighth playoff spot in the Western Conference.

    "It's a favorable schedule for us down the stretch," Miller said. "We've talked about making up some of the home games that we lost. This is a good start. We need to get some rest, get in some practice and hopefully it will lead to a good March."

    Granger scored 12 in the first quarter and the Pacers led by as many as seven, but Aldridge hit his first four shots for the Blazers, and Bayless put Portland up 41-29 with a drive to the hoop. The Blazers led by as many as 15 in the second quarter, but Granger scored twice and Ford converted a runner to get the Pacers to 50-41 just before the half.

    The Blazers opened up a 57-43 lead before Indiana scored a point in the third. Fernandez hit a 3-pointer to put Portland up 79-59.

    "We didn't play as a team is the only thing I can say," Indiana center Roy Hibbert said. "We've been trying to figure it out all year."

    Game notes


    Portland signed point guard Travis Diener to fill its 15th roster spot Wednesday. Diener was waived by the Pacers on Monday. He played in just four games this season and underwent surgery on his toe in November. ... The Blazers beat Indiana 102-91 on Dec. 9. They have swept the season series two years in a row. ... Solomon Jones didn't play for Indiana after serving a one-game suspension for unspecified conduct detrimental to the team.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    IND
    POR
    Points 79 102
    FGM-FGA 33-76 (.434) 35-81 (.432)
    3PM-3PA 6-23 (.261) 7-19 (.368)
    FTM-FTA 7-11 (.636) 25-30 (.833)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 5-32 12-45
    Assists 15 19
    Turnovers 18 11
    Steals 6 10
    Blocks 1 4
    Fast Break Points 6 13
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (2/0) 13 (2/0)
    Largest Lead 8 27

    Top Performers

    Indiana
    Portland
    Danny Granger Granger
    Points: 30
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Brandon Roy Roy
    Points: 22
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 3