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.