Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/14/13
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: Thomas Robinson. 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 the first time in his NBA career that Robinson led his team in scoring. “He came in, changed the complexion of the game, changed the speed and pace of the game,” said guard Wesley Matthews, who made two key three-pointers in the fourth quarter. “We still didn’t shoot well, but the energy that he came in with, got us going, got the crowd into it.” Robinson used his great athleticism to provide one of the season’s highlights. With Phoenix leading 77-69, LaMarcus Aldridge missed a jumper that caromed high off the rim. Robinson swooped in, grabbed the ball with his right hand and dunked it over Markieff Morris while Marcus Morris closed in behind him. The dunk, with 8:02 left, came over two of his former Kansas teammates, and it sent the Moda Center crowd into the frenzy. Matthews followed with a three-pointer 31 seconds later, sending the game to a frantic finish. “Thomas Robinson came in, gave us a lot of energy and got us back into the game,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “That sparked the team, sparked the crowd, just got us into it.” The performance came two nights after Robinson had his shortest stint of the season, playing just five minutes in the first half of a home win over Detroit. Stotts said that night that he did not go back to Robinson because Joel Freeland had been playing so well. On this night, Aldridge picked up two early offensive fouls, and Robinson got an early first-quarter call. His play in the fourth prompted Stotts to play him 10 minutes in the quarter. “I know I only played five minutes last game,” Robinson said. “You never know what happens. L.A. came out, got two quick fouls, and my name was called. You just can’t hold onto it.”
MORE FROM YARDBARKER:
The best pick from every NBA Draft
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

LISTEN: Kevin Harlan saves MNF again by doing play-by-play of two idiots on the field

Jets security guards make best tackles of the night on fan rushing field

NFL changes stance, Titans and Browns can participate in ‘My Cause My Cleats’ campaign

Report: MLB smashed old revenue record in 2016

Percy Harvin out for season due to migraines

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Ducks goalie had embarrassing reason for not playing in relief

Bruce Arians emphatically shoots down retirement rumor

Siemian out of walking boot; Broncos hoping he can play

Report: Harper seeking $400 million, likely to leave Nationals

Report: Aldon Smith setting up meeting to seek reinstatement

Rams players vent frustrations as losses pile up

The five 2016 Heisman finalists: How do they measure up?

The good, bad, and ugly from NFL Week 13

Championship Week as explained by Diana Ross

Cult of Sport: Before there was Ezekiel Elliott, there was Eric Dickerson

MLB Winter Meetings primer: Every team's trade temperature on the hot stove

James Franklin, Penn State come up roses

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Sporting life: Gifts for real fans (that aren't ugly NFL sweaters)

Best of Yardbarker: CFB Championship Week chaos

New faces help Spurs continue unparalleled success

The Pirates prepare for rarely chartered waters in dealing Andrew McCutchen

Joakim Noah’s contract is becoming worst deal in NBA

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The five 2016 Heisman finalists: How do they measure up?

The good, bad, and ugly from NFL Week 13

Championship Week as explained by Diana Ross

Cult of Sport: Before there was Ezekiel Elliott, there was Eric Dickerson

Winter Meetings primer: Every team's trade temperature on the hot stove

James Franklin, Penn State come up roses

Final College Football Playoff rankings: Alabama reigns

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Sporting life: Gifts for real fans (that aren't ugly NFL Christmas sweaters)

New faces help Spurs continue unparalleled success

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker