DALLAS - The Portland Trail Blazers rode the 1-2 punch of Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge to a rare road win over the Dallas Mavericks, who had top scorer Dirk Nowitzki back in the lineup.
Roy scored 23 points, Aldridge added 19 points and 12 rebounds and the Trail Blazers rallied in the fourth quarter for an 85-81 victory Tuesday night.
The win lost some of its luster when starting center Joel Przybilla became the most recent Portland player to get hurt, injuring his right knee in the first quarter.
Przybilla went up for a rebound and came down awkwardly on his right leg with 3:12 left, falling to the ground in pain.
He ruptured his right patella tendon and dislocated his patella.
The Trail Blazers, who began the game with 11 healthy players, announced in the third quarter that Przybilla would be out indefinitely.
“We keep losing guys and it’s nerve-racking just to take the floor,” coach Nate McMillan said. “This was a great win for our group under the conditions.”
Portland has already lost center Greg Oden for the season with a left knee injury.
Travis Outlaw (left foot), Nicolas Batum (right shoulder), Patrick Mills (right foot) and Rudy Fernandez (back pain) have all missed extensive time for Portland this season.
“I couldn’t believe that somebody else got hurt,” said Aldridge, a former Dallas-area high school star.
Portland had come up empty in its last 11 trips to Dallas before the Trail Blazers earned their first road victory over the Mavericks since Jan. 26, 2003.
Nowitzki had 27 points and nine rebounds after missing the previous game and a half with a deep cut on his right elbow, and J.J. Barea added 22 points for the Mavericks, who had won six of seven.
The Mavericks played poorly in the first and fourth quarters, and they missed 10 of 22 free throws.
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