PHOENIX -- Andre Miller scored 15 points in the fourth quarter and tied his career playoff high with 31 points as the short-handed Portland Trail Blazers stole homecourt advantage from Phoenix with a 105-100 victory over the Suns on Sunday night.
Methodical Portland was a tough matchup for the Suns all season and it was no different in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series, despite the absence of the Blazers’ scoring leader, Brandon Roy.
LaMarcus Aldridge added 22 points and Nicolas Batum 18 for Portland. Jerryd Bayless(notes) also had 18 for the Blazers, 10 in the fourth quarter, but missed two free throws with 12.2 seconds left to give Phoenix a shot to tie. Steve Nash’s(notes) 3-point try was well short, though, and Miller’s two free throws iced the victory.
Marcus Camby grabbed 17 rebounds for Portland, two shy off his career playoff best.
Going into the series, Suns players had dismissed their two regular-season losses to Portland as occurring before the team hit its stride. Phoenix won the last match-up 93-87 at home on March 21, part of the Suns' 14-2 run to end the regular season.
All-Star Brandon Roy underwent surgery on Friday to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. He has been ruled out for this series but might be back if Portland advances to the second round.
The Blazers play Game 2 against the Suns in Phoenix on Tuesday.