Trail Blazers 88, Kings 81

With just 16 games left in the season, Brandon Roy will take any

win, even the clumsy ones.

Roy scored 19 points to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to what

Roy called an “up and down” 88-81 victory over the Sacramento

Kings on Tuesday night.

“It’s not winning the way we want,” Roy said, “but we’ve got

to keep trying to push to try to find it.”

The Kings pulled to a 74-all tie in the final quarter, but Roy’s

jumper with 2:07 remaining made it 85-78 and all but sealed it for

the Blazers, who have won five straight against the Kings.

The Blazers were sitting in the eighth spot in the Western

Conference, a half-game back of San Antonio as the season winds

down and the playoffs loom.

“We’re taking these wins, but we know we have to get better if

we’re going to make a push,” said Roy, who added eight

rebounds.

Nicolas Batum and Andre Miller each had 14 points for

Portland.

Tyreke Evans scored 18 points for the Kings, who have lost three

straight overall. Carl Landry finished with 17 points and eight

rebounds.

“Another game for us against a really good team where we had a

chance to win in the last few minutes and came away dry,” coach

Paul Westphal said.

Marcus Camby returned after sitting out the Blazers’ last game,

a 118-106 loss at Denver, with a sprained left ankle.

Portland acquired Camby in a trade with the Clippers last month

to help Juwan Howard at center in the absence of Greg Oden and Joel

Przybilla. The Blazers lost both their big men to knee injuries

earlier this season.

Camby, who had six points, was crucial for Portland’s defense

with five blocked shots.

“We don’t win the game tonight if he doesn’t make some of the

plays he made,” Portland coach Nate McMillan said.

Portland opened the fourth quarter with a 73-62 lead, but

Francisco Garcia hit a 3-pointer to touch off a 10-0 run capped by

Evans’ layup that closed the Kings to 73-72.

Jason Thompson’s layup tied it at 74, but Camby made an 18-foot

jumper to keep Sacramento at bay.

Miller’s falling-down jumper put the Blazers up 81-76, before

Landry hit a pair of free throws to make it 81-78 with 3:35 left.

After Batum hit a layup, Roy made his jumper and Portland pulled

away.

The Blazers led by as many as 10 points early in the game before

the Kings went ahead 21-16 on Beno Udrih’s pull-up jumper and a

3-pointer.

The Blazers took back the lead when Rudy Fernandez’s 3-pointer

made it 34-33, and they stretched it to 40-33 after Howard’s

dunk.

Portland opened its biggest lead at 52-40 on LaMarcus Aldridge’s

layup and free throw, but Landry dunked to close out the half at

52-42.

Landry’s jumper narrowed it to 58-56 midway through the third

quarter. Landry, acquired from the Rockets in a three-team,

nine-player trade last month, had scored at least 20 points in the

last three games.

“We are growing,” Landry said. “We just have to learn how to

play together.”

NOTES: Przybilla had surgery Monday evening to repair his

re-ruptured right patella tendon. Przybilla was first injured in

December and had surgery, but he was re-injured this past Saturday

when he slipped in the shower at his home Wisconsin. No timetable

has been set for his return. … Former Blazer Bill Walton was

honored with a throwback jersey as Portland continued its 40th

anniversary celebration. … Kings forward/guard Ime Udoka, a

former Blazer, did not play because of a sore left knee and ankle

sustained in Sacramento’s 108-102 loss to Oklahoma City on

Sunday.