Their game was ragged, their shooting frigid and their hold on the ball slippery. Just when the Trail Blazers seem headed for a disappointing loss to the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday, they got a big lift from an unexpected source:
The second-year forward gave the Blazers a huge jolt of energy in the fourth quarter, when he scored nine crucial points, to help Portland to a 90-89 victory before 19,537 at the Moda Center.
The win, over one of the NBA’s biggest surprise teams, was the fourth in a row for Portland (6-2) and came as the Blazers were set to embark on their first extended trip of the season, a four-gamer to the East Coast.
They would have been headed to Boston with a bitter taste in their mouths after a tough night offensively in which they shot 38.1 percent from the field and committed 14 turnovers in the first three quarters. But there was Robinson, who tied his career-high 15 points and added eight rebounds and gave Portland just what it needed. It was ...