Brandon Roy expressed his frustration, after not really receiving any minutes in this year's playoff series between the Portland Trail Blazers and Dallas Mavericks and not making much impact either after his injury problems.

But Roy got some appreciation after a inspirational text message from Charles Barkley. Barkely told Roy to keep his head up and have fun out there. Roy did, as the Blazers cruised to a 97-92 victory, helped by Brandon and his 16 points off the bench. The Blazers now trail only 2-1 in the series to the Mavs.

"I was playing tonight. I was in go mode," Roy said. "I didn't worry about nothing else. I didn't worry about playing time, I didn't worry about who was playing. When it was my time I was going."

Wesley Matthews led Portland with 25 points and LaMarcus Aldridge had 20 points. Portland has won all their games versus Dallas at home and could even up the series as the play each other again in Game Four at home.

Jason Terry led the Mavs with 29 points while Dirk Nowitzki had 25 points.

It was a 13-point lead for the Blazers into the fourth quarter, but Nowitzki would not let down, as Portland only led by six with an 87-81 lead. Blazers would gain control again but Nowitzki responded again and the lead was cut down to 95-90. Jason Kidd would have a long jumper with 12.9 seconds left, which turned out very controversial.

At the end, Portland came through. Nate McMillan was not surprised after Roy's great showing.

"This is a guy we know is capable of producing, and tonight he did that," McMillan said.

The Mavericks could have the same thing happening to them like in 2006, having a 2-0 lead and then losing out. We'll see what happens.


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