Bayless Lifts Blazers Past Suns
Posted Jul 20 2008 1:00AM
Portland 74, Phoenix 73 (F)
LAS VEGAS, July 19 – Jerryd Bayless scored 17 fourth-quarter points and hit the game-winning jumper with 18 seconds left to lead the
The Suns jumped out to an 11-2 lead and held the Blazers to just 11 first-quarter points. Portland’s first field goal didn't come until the 5:06 mark, when
The Suns led by 10 at the end of the first half after a solid second-quarter effort led by Alando Tucker, who tallied seven points in the period, and
The Blazers came out on fire after break, starting the second half on a 12-5 and cutting the Suns lead to three with 6:02 left in the quarter.
In a hotly contested fourth quarter, featuring five lead changes and three ties, the Blazers earned their first lead of the ballgame on a Bayless jump shot with 8:15 to play.
Bayless guided the Blazers with a game-high 36 points. The Suns offense featured three players in double figures led by Tucker, who tallied a team-high 18 points.
Both teams will close out their summer schedule on Sunday. Phoenix will play their final game at 3 p.m. against the Washington Wizards and the Blazers will play the Hornets at 5 p.m. Both games will be played in the COX Pavilion.