‘Tis the season for family, universal brotherhood, and a slate of selectively interesting NBA games.
Writers from The Ringer shared some of their favorite NBA memories on Christmas, with Paulo Uggetti listing Brandon Roy’s annihilation of the Denver Nuggets during the 2009-2010 season as his.
Roy, with a black sleeve covering his left shoulder, scored from pretty much every piece of hardwood at the Rose Garden. Melo kept the Nuggets in it as long as he could, but Roy was too much. With four minutes left, Roy dished it to Steve Blake for the dagger after drawing three defenders. It was like watching Kobe without the polarization. I was all the way in.
The Portland Trail Blazers would win that game 107-96, with Roy’s 41 points leading the charge. Steve Blake had 17 off the bench, Andre Miller had 14 points and 8 assists, and LaMarcus Aldridge finished with a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds.
For the Nuggets, Carmelo Anthony had 32 points, J.R. Smith had 20 off the bench, Kenyon Martin snared 14 rebounds, and Chris Andersen was a menace with 5 blocks in just 19 minutes for an absurd 22.5 percent block rate.