The Memphis Grizzlies registered their maiden 2-0 lead in the NBA playoff series on Wednesday night with a convincing 97-82 victory in game 2 over the Portland Trail Blazers.
Mike Conley and Courtney Lee routed the Trail Blazers in game 2 at home-court, scoring 18 points each. Prior to this, the Grizzlies had only won once – during their playoff opener in 2011 against the San Antonio Spurs.
A remarkable feature about Memphis Grizzlies during the game was that they displayed their effectiveness outside the paint, where they shot 3-pointers comfortably.
“All we did is just take care of home court, which we were supposed to do,” Lee said after driving his side home.
“We didn’t want those guys to come in here and get one and switch home-court advantage in their favor.”
Mark Gasol scored 15 points as Zach Randolph and Beno Udrih added ten each to the winner’s tally.
The Trail Blazers has lost their two opening playoff games for the first time since 2011, back when they lost six consecutive games to Dallas. Despite LaMarcus Aldridge scoring 24 points and returning with 14 rebounds, 4 blocks and 2 steals, and Damian Lillard adding 18 more points, the Trail Blazers failed to put up a stiff resistance.
Game 3 is scheduled on Saturday at Portland.