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Gasol guides Grizzlies past Portland
Memphis, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Marc Gasol flirted with a triple-double, posting 19 points, nine rebounds and seven assists to help the Memphis Grizzlies take a 109-99 win over the Portland Trail Blazers at FedExForum.
Zach Randolph added 18 points and 12 rebounds, Mike Conley scored 17 and Mike Miller chipped in with 14 off the bench for the Grizzlies, winners in three straight and five of their last six overall.
Damian Lillard scored a game-high 32 points and handed out seven assists for Portland. He was 4-for-8 from 3-point range and 12-for-13 from the free throw line.
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, but was just 8- for-23 from the field and Nicolas Batum chipped in with 15 points and eight rebounds for the Trail Blazers, losers in three straight and four of their last five.
Portland shot just 40.7 percent (35-for-86) from the field.
Batum knocked down an open 3-pointer just over five minutes into the game to give the Blazers a 10-6 lead. The Grizzlies battled back and took an 18-17 lead, but Portland regained the advantage and led 23-20 with 14.4 seconds left. Gasol, though, knocked down a buzzer-beater to cut the Memphis deficit to 23-22 entering the second quarter.
After Thomas Robinson tied the game at 31-31 early in the second quarter, Memphis opened up a 13-5 swing to take a 44-36 lead with just over 4 1/2 minutes remaining in the first half.
The Grizzlies' lead swelled to 12 after Conley hit a 3-pointer with just under a minute remaining, but a Lillard triple and Aldridge's layup in the closing seconds made it 54-47 entering the break.
Memphis opened up the third on an 11-3 run to take a 65-50 lead and didn't see its spread dip below double digits until Lillard hit a step-back jumper with one second left in the third to pull the Blazers within 78-69.
Portland never got closer than nine the rest of the way.
The Grizzlies shot 56 percent (47-for-84) from the field ... Memphis outscored the Blazers 54-36 in the paint ... Portland was 22-for-29 from the free throw line ... Memphis opens a three-game road trip in New Orleans on Wednesday ... Portland will visit San Antonio on Wednesday before closing its five-game road trip in New Orleans on Friday.
03/11 22:47:38 ET