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Wednesday, March 6th
(All times Eastern)
Portland Trail Blazers (28-31) at Memphis Grizzlies (39-19), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Memphis Grizzlies return home after a brief road trip
Wednesday night when they welcome the Portland Trail Blazers to FedEx Forum.
The Grizzlies had an eight-game winning streak snapped on Friday when they
fell to the Miami Heat in South Beach, 98-91. All-Star forward Zach Randolph
sprained his ankle in the loss, but played through the pain to complete the
He didn't give it a go the next night in Orlando, but Memphis didn't need him.
Six Grizzlies scored in double figures, led by 14 from Tayshaun Prince, to
drub the Magic, 108-82.
Mike Conley, Tony Allen, Marc Gasol, Quincy Pondexter and Ed Davis also
reached double-digits. Gasol added 11 assists and Davis pulled down 10
The Grizzlies, who are 23-8 at home and 20-13 against the Western Conference,
jumped out to a 25-point lead at the half and cruised over the last two
"We're not the dark horse any more. We're one of those teams that's up there
so they're going to give us their best effort," said Pondexter. "We've just
got to come out like tonight and take care of business, be professional and
get the win."
The Blazers went 3-1 over a recent homestand and won the last two of the
residency. They beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 109-94 on Saturday, then
bested the Charlotte Bobcats 122-105 on Monday.
The 122 points against Charlotte was the second-highest total of the season
for Portland. The Blazers put up 125 in an overtime victory over the Magic on
On Monday, seven Blazers scored in double figures, led by 23 from LaMarcus
Aldridge and 20 apiece from Nicolas Batum and Damian Lillard. Eric Maynor and
Meyers Leonard scored 10 and 15 points, respectively, off the bench.
Monday's game marked the second straight two Portland bench players scored in
double figures. That's huge for a Blazers team that is last in the NBA in
bench scoring, and last by quite a sizable number.
"Yeah, I think he's found a rotation that he's liking right now," Aldridge
said of head coach Terry Stotts.
The Blazers will play three straight through the south, visiting Memphis, the
San Antonio Spurs and New Orleans Hornets.
The Blazers won this season's only matchup with Memphis, an 86-84 road victory
on Jan. 4. Portland has taken six of its last eight against the Grizzlies and
is 9-2 in its last 11 in Memphis.
03/06 10:39:47 ET