Memphis Grizzlies vs. Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center on Thursday was a rematch of last season’s first-round playoffs of the Western Conference. Memphis won the series 4-1 to move on. The defeat sparked massive changes in Portland.
LaMarcus Aldridge left for San Antonio Spurs. The rejuvenated roster has done well so far, essaying a 3-2 start this season before taking on Memphis at home. The Grizzlies, on the other hand, also made a 3-2 start. At the end of first quarter, Grizzlies led 23-18.
Blazers back court’s new pair Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum have taken charge to lift the Blazers in the game. The duo helped Blazers notch up an impressive win last night over Utah Jazz when Lillard scored 35 points.
Portland took control from the second quarter. At half-time, Blazers took a 50-46 lead. They blew the Grizzlies side in the third, posting a lead of 40-25 in that session and leading 90-71 going into the final session.
Lillard currently ranks fifth in NBA in terms of scoring. The Blazer guard has averaged 27.2 points in five games so far. He is also tied in the sixth slot in terms of assists, 7.0.
McCollum also led the Blazers with Lillard. He currently ranks 9th, having averaged 22.6 points. He has notched up 4.4 rebounds in five games.
It required a remarkable comeback from Marc Gasol and his Memphis side to pull off a win from that point. Memphis fought neck-to-neck. The final quarter was tied at 25-25, but that wasn’t enough to swing the game in their favor.
With 2:35 minutes remaining, Blazers extended their lead to 112-88. Memphis showed late spirit to reduce the margin. Blazers won 115-96, their second win in back-to-back nights with an improvement to 4-2.