NEW ORLEANS - Brandon Roy scored 28 points, and the Portland Trail Blazers eliminated the New Orleans Hornets from playoff contention with a 112-101 victory Saturday night.
Roy hit 11 of his first 12 shots, only two of them layups. He finished 12 of 14 in 32 minutes. LaMarcus Aldridge added 24 points for Portland.
The Blazers won for the 10th time in 12 games to strengthen their hold on the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference and move within percentage points of idle San Antonio for seventh.
Darren Collison had 22 points for New Orleans on a perfect 10-of-10 shooting from the field and 2-of-2 from the free-throw line. David West added 18 points for the Hornets, who’ve lost two straight and eight of 10.
Portland put the game away early, hitting 18 of 20 from the field from the 6:30 mark of the second quarter until 4:08 remained in the third quarter. At that point, the Blazers held an 81-59 lead. Portland shot nearly 63 percent through three quarters, after which coach Nate McMillan went with a lineup of mostly reserves.
Portland, which didn’t miss three straight shots until its last three shots of the third quarter, wound up being outshot by New Orleans, 58.6 percent to 57.3 percent. But the Blazers outrebounded New Orleans 35-25 and outscored the Hornets 17-6 on second-chance points.