Brandon Roy's performance on Saturday was special on so many levels as he overcame season long injuries to help erase a late twenty-three point 3rd quarter Mavericks lead with a throwback style Brandon Roy display of basketball brilliance. Mark Cuban has to be so mad today. Z-Bo also hit a big three too, the Thunder put themselves in a position to sweep, and the Bulls finally got nipped by Indy as Chicago holds their breath hoping D-Rose' ankle is okay.
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Game four: (8) Indiana Pacers vs. (1) Chicago Bulls, Conseco Fieldhouse
- Final Score: Pacers 89 - Bulls 84
- Indiana was in control up 16 with five minutes left before a late Bulls rally forced Danny Granger to hit four FT's late to clinch. Carlos Boozer shot a late three to tie, end result of that shot is what you'd expect a Carlos Boozer three to tie to be.
- Pacers' Danny Granger: 24 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists
- Bulls' Derrick Rose: Sprained left ankle in first quarter, finished with 15 points on 6 of 22 from the field, along with 10 assists and 4 rebounds.
- Key Stats: In four games the Bulls, while up 3-1, have outscored Indiana by only 10 (372-362).
- ''We've lost games like this recently where they have come back,'' Pacers interim coach Frank Vogel said. ''Today we grew, and we held them off.''
- ''A sprained ankle is going to slow you down a little bit, but all of my shots were on line,'' Derrick Rose said. ''They were just short. No excuses. It's the playoffs. I've sprained my ankle many times, you've just got to make shots.''
- Chicago leads the series 3-1. Game five is on Tuesday night back in Chicago.
Game four: (3) Dallas Mavericks vs. (6) Portland Trailblazers, The Rose Garden
- Final Score: Trailblazers 84, Mavericks 82
- An epically epic meltdown by the Dallas Mavericks coupled with a magical performance by Brandon Roy enabled the Blazers to erase an 18-point lead heading into the 4th quarter and come out with the win of the postseason so far in this year's playoffs.
- Trailblazers' Brandon Roy: 24 points in 24 minutes, scored 18 of 24 in fourth quarter.
- Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki: 20 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists.
- Key Stats: Portland was 0 for 14 to start the 3rd quarter, and went on to win the final period by 20 points, shooting 75% as a team from the floor (15 of 20).
- "I've been in some pretty good zones before," Brandon Roy said. "But nothing like tonight."
- "Did we let up? I think we let up, yeah. There isn't any question," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said.
- The series is tied at 2-2. Game five is Monday at 8:30PM EST in Dallas.
Game three: (8) Memphis Grizzlies vs. (1) San Antonio Spurs, FedEx Forum
- Final Score: Grizzlies 91, Spurs 88.
- Couple unexpected events to close this one out: Zach Randolph first drills a three, then down three, the Spurs fail to execute and get a shot off as Manu got trapped in the corner and time expires.
- Grizzlies Zach Randolph: 25 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists.
- Spurs' Tony Parker: 5 of 14 from field, 6 TO's. Finished with 16 points and 5 assists.
- Key Stats: San Antonio shot 2 of 15 (13%) from three point range.
- "We stuck together down the stretch," Tony Allen said after the game. "When those guys made a run, we didn't get too rattled. We stayed within what we do and we were able to pull out stops and scores."
- "I didn't assume that was in his [Randolph's] arsenal at that point of the game," Duncan said. "I leaned back and tried to make sure that there wasn't a quick big-to-big roll, but he hit a three from that range. It was a great shot."
- Grizzlies lead series 2-1. Game four is on Monday night in Memphis.
Game three: (4) Oklahoma City Thunder vs. (5) Denver Nuggets, Denver
- Final Score: Thunder 97, Nuggets 94.
- Despite extending LA to seven games last season, OKC was still in search of their first road playoff win last night. They found it.
- Thunder's Kevin Durant: 26 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists in 43 minutes.
- Nuggets' Nene: 15 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists.
- Key Stats: OKC's Serge Ibaka finished with 22 points and 16 rebounds.
- "The key was being aggressive and stay focus and try to do my job first, like defense," Ibaka said. "After that get confidence on offense."
- "To beat this team four straight times in a playoff is not likely," Nuggets guard Arron Afflalo said. "But to beat them one time is, and we'll go from that point."
OKC leads the series 3-0. They look to sweep on Monday night in Denver.