The Portland Trail Blazers made a real statement with their 101-86 victory over the New Orleans Hornets at the Rose Garden last night. This was about proving that they belong as a playoff team — one that will make some noise.

In what was a tight game throughout, the Blazers refused to give in to the Hornets and pulled away with a 17-0 run in the third that asserted their dominance and showed great poise.

At one point, Brandon Roy was wrestled on a hard shooting foul by David West. Formerly a player that many considered to be underrated, that play simply made him look like a thug — an unnecessary action. Take a look at this video courtesy of BustaBucket to get a feel for the play:


Roy led the Blazers on the night with 25 points, 10 assists and six rebounds, as they improved to 11-6 (boxscore).