INDIANAPOLIS - The Portland Trail Blazers can't afford to lose any more players - or coaches.
Despite having only nine active players and missing coach Nate McMillan, the Trail Blazers got 29 points from Brandon Roy and beat the Indiana Pacers, 102-91, on Wednesday night.
Portland’s laundry list of injuries includes center and Indianapolis native Greg Oden (left knee), guard Rudy Fernandez (sciatic pain) and forward Travis Outlaw (left foot). McMillan, who didn’t travel, had surgery on his right Achilles’ tendon after injuring it during a team practice Dec. 4.
“That’s just the type of guy Nate is,” said Roy, who added seven rebounds and five assists. “We were down a lot of bodies that day, he wants to get out there and play. It’s just too bad his body couldn’t hold up. It says a lot, though. He cares about this team.”
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Assistant Dean Demopoulos is assuming head coaching duties while McMillan recovers.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 20 points and eight rebounds, and Andre Miller scored 15 for Portland (14-9), which snapped a four-game road losing streak.
The Pacers, playing without injured All-Star Danny Granger, lost their six straight.
The Pacers, who trailed by 11 in the first half, tied the score at 83 on Luther Head’s jumper with 8 minutes left in the fourth quarter. Portland used an 8-2 run, capped by Miller’s layup, to take a 100-91 lead. Roy had consecutive baskets to spark the rally.