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Friday, November 9th (All times eastern)

Memphis Grizzlies (1-2) at Portland Trail Blazers (1-3), 10 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Memphis Grizzlies and Portland Trail Blazers both try and win back-to-back games, as they battle tonight at the Rose Garden.

The Grizzlies and Trail Blazers split four meetings last season. Memphis has won three in a row at Portland.

Portland plays the second of a four-game homestand. On Wednesday, Jarrett Jack had 20 points and made 5-of-6 free throws in the final minute to help the Trail Blazers edge the New Orleans Hornets, 93-90, at the Rose Garden.

Martell Webster ended with 20 points, and Brandon Roy netted 17 for Portland, which won its first game of the season and home opener. Joel Przybilla had nine points and 11 rebounds, while LaMarcus Aldridge collected 12 points and eight boards.

The Trail Blazers are scheduled to host the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday and the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday at the Rose Garden.

The Grizzlies play the middle contest of a three-game road trip. Rudy Gay scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lift the Grizzlies past the Seattle SuperSonics, 105-98, on Wednesday at KeyArena.

Mike Miller added 20 points and Darko Milicic finished with 15 points and 10 boards for the Grizzlies, who picked up their first win in three tries this season. Damon Stoudamire chipped in 14 points, while Pau Gasol had 11 points and 10 rebounds for Memphis.

Memphis will visit the Utah Jazz on Saturday at EnergySolutions Arena.

On the injury front for the Grizzlies, center/forward Stromile Swift (sore neck/shoulders) is questionable for tonight's contest. Swift is averaging 6.0 points and 2.5 rebounds in two games this season.

He did not play against Seattle.

11/09 10:48:32 ET


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