Trail Blazers center Greg Oden will likely miss the rest of the season after fracturing his left kneecap against Houston last night in Portland, Ore.
Oden will undergo surgery, the Trail Blazers said.
The 7-foot center dropped to the floor clutching his left knee and grimacing after colliding with a driving Aaron Brooks midway through the first quarter.
He was almost immediately surrounded by trainers and physicians. The crowd at the Rose Garden stood and chanted “Oden! Oden!’’
The game was stopped for some seven minutes. Finally, Oden was gently moved to a stretcher and wheeled from the court. He underwent an MRI shortly thereafter.
“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,’’ he said in a statement. “I want to thank the fans, my teammates, and everyone in the Blazers family for all of their good thoughts.’’
Brandon Roy had 28 points and scored the winning basket to help Portland beat Houston, 90-89.
Oden, the No. 1 pick in the 2007 NBA draft out of Ohio State, has been plagued by injures his entire NBA career.
He missed his 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. He finished the season averaging 8.9 points and seven rebounds.
Oden lost weight during the offseason and was averaging 11.7 points and 8.8 rebounds this season as a starter.
The Blazers have been beset by injuries. Starting forward Nicolas Batum needed shoulder surgery just before the opener. Fellow forward Travis Outlaw fractured his foot in mid-November and required surgery. Even coach Nate McMillan was set to undergo surgery tomorrow after rupturing his right Achilles’ tendon during practice.
Hawks 80, Mavericks 75 - Joe Johnson scored 31 points and Atlanta ended a streak of five winless trips to Dallas. Marvin Williams pulled down a career-high 15 rebounds to help the Hawks hand the Mavericks a second consecutive defeat for the first time this season.
Dirk Nowitzki had 32 points and nine rebounds, and Jason Terry added 17 points for Dallas, which set a season low for points for the second straight night.
Nuggets 106, Spurs 99 - Carmelo Anthony scored 34 points and visiting Denver ran away from San Antonio in the fourth quarter.
Chauncey Billups added 18 points as Denver took the lead to start the fourth after trailing virtually the entire game. The win pushed Denver to 15-5 and continued the best start in Nuggets history.
Tony Parker scored 15 of his 27 points in the fourth for the Spurs. Tim Duncan had 26 points.
Suns 115, Kings 107 - Steve Nash scored 32 points, Amar’e Stoudemire had 18 points and 21 rebounds, and Phoenix used a late 3-point barrage to end visiting Sacramento’s four-game winning streak.
Tyreke Evans scored 21 points and Andres Nocioni had 20 for the Kings, who lost for the eighth straight time in Phoenix.
Bobcats 106, 76ers 105 - Raymond Felton’s driving layup with 4.7 seconds left capped a late comeback and host Charlotte bounced back from an embarrassing loss to New Jersey a night earlier to beat Philadelphia.
Andre Iguodala missed a fadeaway at the buzzer for the 76ers, who blew a 10-point fourth-quarter lead in their ninth straight loss.
Magic 126, Warriors 118 - Vince Carter had 27 points and seven assists and Mickael Pietrus scored a season-high 22 points as Orlando rallied to beat Golden State in Oakland, Calif.
Monta Ellis had 33 points and seven assists, and Anthony Randolph added a career-high 28 points and 13 rebounds for Golden State.
Timberwolves 108, Jazz 101 - Kevin Love had 18 points and 10 rebounds to help Minnesota over Utah in Minneapolis.
Raptors 110, Bulls 78 - Chris Bosh had 25 points and 12 rebounds to lead visiting Toronto.
Clippers 88, Pacers 72 - Al Thornton scored 19 points, and Baron Davis had 8 of his 12 points during a game-ending 18-4 run, leading host Los Angeles over Indiana.