NBA Game Summary - Memphis at Portland|
(Tuesday, January 24th)
Final Score: Portland 97, Memphis 84
Portland, OR (Sports Network) - LaMarcus Aldridge scored 23 points, including
four during a 22-2 run that vaulted the Portland Trail Blazers to a 97-84 win
over the streaking Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night.
The Trail Blazers held Memphis without a made field goal for more than 10
minutes while they made their game-changing run between the second and third
The Grizzlies had a seven-game winning streak snapped, failing to tie the team
record of eight straight victories set eight years ago.
"Considering the opponent, it was definitely a good win," said Blazers center
Marcus Camby, who had 22 rebounds.
Jamal Crawford had 15 points off the bench for Portland and Wesley Matthews
O.J. Mayo scored 20 points off the bench and Rudy Gay added 11, but Memphis
fell for the first time since January 10 against Oklahoma City.
Gay's dunk gave the Grizzlies a 43-42 lead with 68 seconds left in the first
half, but they didn't make another field goal until Josh Selby's finger roll
with 2:47 remaining in the third quarter.
In between, the Trail Blazers took control.
It started innocuously with Matthews' three-pointer and two free throws from
Raymond Felton, which gave Portland a 47-43 lead at halftime.
After Felton knocked down a three-pointer early in the third period, Memphis
got its only points during Portland's run on two Marreese Speights free
Later, a Crawford three-pointer and two Nicolas Batum free throws ended the
22-2 run and gave the Blazers a 64-45 lead. Portland was ahead 70-56 going
into the fourth quarter and led by as many as 20 points down the stretch.
"We gave all we had," said Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins, "it just
wasn't enough tonight. That was simply the bottom line."
Felton and Batum scored 10 points apiece for Portland...The game was tied
25-25 after the first quarter..The Blazers are 12-3 in their last 15 games
against Memphis...The Grizzlies won eight straight games from January 11-25,
01/25 02:16:16 ET