[2011] Brandon Roy heroics help Blazers overcome an 18-point fourth-quarter deficit against the Mavericks

[2011] Brandon Roy heroics help Blazers overcome an 18-point fourth-quarter deficit against the Mavericks

In a 2011 first-round matchup in the playoffs between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Dallas Mavericks an injury-riddled Brandon Roy scored 18 points in the fourth quarter to help the Blazers erase a 23 point deficit and triumph over the Mavericks in game 4 of their first-round playoff series.

After sleepwalking through the better part of three quarters, the Blazers awoke just in time to outscore the Mavericks 35-15 in the fourth, overcoming an 18-point deficit in the final quarter to even the best-of-seven series at 2-2. It was the largest fourth-quarter playoff comeback in franchise history for the Blazers, who became the third team in the shot clock era to win a playoff game when trailing by at least 18 points in the fourth quarter. And most of the credit goes to Roy, who, as Marcus Camby put it, “pretty much single-handedly won the ballgame for us in the fourth quarter.”

Roy scored 18 of his game-high 24 points during a dramatic fourth-quarter performance in which he made 8 of 10 field goals and recorded four assists. Roy accounted for 12 of the Blazers’ 15 field goals in the deciding quarter as he helped the Blazers come back from a large deficit.

“You still the man, you still Brandon Roy,” Batum whispered in Roy’s ear as a sellout crowd roared. “We trust you. We believe in you.”

Although the Blazers would go on to lose the series to the eventual champion Mavericks, game 4 has reached mythical status among Blazers fans as one of the great moments in team history. It’s viewed as a superlative coda to Roy’s brief but storied Blazer career – he played only two more games in a Portland uniform and would retire after a brief comeback attempt with the Timberwolves in 2012.