Sure, there was the Rockets game when Brandon Roy hit the miracle shot.
About 6 weeks later, Roy went for 52 in a win over Phoenix.
Then came Wednesday night in San Antonio---a venue that Portland hadn't won in since the likes of Bonzi, Sheed, Sabas, and Pip were donning the black and red.
This, was one of those "gut check" games. The Blazers trailed the 4-time NBA champs by 19 points midway through the second quarter. They looked as if this game was already over.... or so we thought. The one constant element you can take from a Nate McMillan coached team is.... they NEVER quit. It was a thing of beauty too. Steve Blake cans a shot from halfcourt, closing the first half on a 23 to 8 Portland run. It got them to within two. And the Blazers pretty much dominated the final quarter and a half. Roy, again the catalyst, pouring in 26 points. The end result, a 12 point win for the Blazers.
More importantly, at this point in the season, it's all about momentum. And, their first quality road win was about as big as it gets. This puts them into a 3-way tie with the Rockets and Spurs for the 3-spot in the Western Conference. Of course, the top 4 teams get homecourt advantage. Just 4 games to go... and 3 are at home. You can bet the Garden will be rockin' on Friday night when the Lakers pay another visit.