Skip to main content

[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.

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

"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.

Charles Barkley and Golden State Warriors fans

”I hate their fans” — Charles Barkley expands on the “fu*k your mama” moment with Golden State Warriors fans

Sir Charles made an important distinction that makes him unique. He understands trash-talking is a two-way street.

Dominique Wilkins shares his Mount Rushmore of NBA dunkers

Dominique Wilkins shares his Mount Rushmore of NBA dunkers

Dominique Wilkins is clearly one of the best dunkers in NBA history, but who does he think is on the same level as he is when it comes to dunking?

The Golden State Warriors & Andrew Wiggins may have just figured out how to slow down Luka Doncic

“He was moving them puppies tonight” - The Golden State Warriors & Andrew Wiggins may have just figured out how to slow down Luka Doncic

The Mavs had no answers for the Warriors' tight defense in Game 1, and Wiggins is a big reason behind that success

Larry Bird shares a trash talking story involving Larry Bird

"You better ask for a double team, bruh" -- John Salley on the time he was tasked with guarding Larry Bird 1-on-1

One jumper later, Salley realized Chuck Daly and the Pistons might need to change their defensive approach on Bird

New Jersey Nets guard Kenny Anderson

Kenny Anderson on his legacy — “Young kids don’t know me too well, but their parents do”

Kenny Anderson doesn't feel the need to explain that he was once one of the best point guards in the game.


Magic Johnson shares who is the greatest player he ever played against

Magic played against a lot of great players, but one guy particularly stands out!