PORTLAND - Brandon Roy had 28 points and scored the winning basket to help Portland beat Houston 90-89 on Saturday night after the Trail Blazers lost center Greg Oden to a probable season-ending knee injury.
Roy scored on a driving layup with 3.2 seconds left, and Houston's Aaron Brooks missed on the other end to give Portland a victory after the devastating loss of Oden to a freak injury in the first quarter.
Oden fractured his left kneecap while jumping to defend Brooks. The former No. 1 draft pick was carried off the floor on a stretcher. He will undergo surgery and is expected to miss the rest of the season, Blazers spokeswoman Cheri Hanson said.
Oden collapsed to the floor clutching his knee and grimacing in pain midway through the first quarter. Oden's knee did not appear to make any contact with Brooks. Play was stopped for 7 minutes while the 7-footer was tended to. He was wheeled from the court and underwent an MRI.
Andre Miller had 16 of his 24 points in the third quarter for the Blazers, who rallied from a 15-point deficit to snap a three-game losing streak. Jerry Bayless had 13 points, and LaMarcus Aldridge added 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Carl Landry led Houston with 23 points and Luis Scola had 21. The Rockets came into the game with a three-game road winning streak and they led 87-86 with 37 seconds left after Landry made two free throws.
Roy answered with a fadeaway jumper from the free-throw line to put the Blazers up, but Scola gave the Rockets back the lead with 9.1 seconds on a 20-footer. Roy took the ball at the top of the key and drove down the middle for winning basket.
Oden spoke to the media through a written statement after the game.
"I'm obviously disappointed having worked so hard to get to where I was. This is a setback but I'll be back. It's in God's hands now," the statement said. "I want to thank the fans, my teammates and everyone in the Blazers family for all of their good thoughts."
Oden, the No. 1 pick in the 2007 NBA draft out of Ohio State, has been plagued by injures for his entire NBA career.
The 7-footer missed rookie season after undergoing microfracture surgery on his right knee. Last season, Oden sat out six games after injuring his right foot in the season opener against the Lakers, then missed 14 games after the All-Star break with a bone chip in his left knee.