PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Ja Morant had 33 aspects and 13 assists and the Memphis Grizzlies handed the Portland Path Blazers their fourth straight loss with a 130-128 victory on Friday evening.
Dillon Brooks added 25 aspects for Memphis, which snapped a two-sport losing race.
Damian Lillard overcame a unhurried open and executed with 27 aspects, and Jusuf Nurkic added 26 aspects and a season-excessive 17 rebounds. Portland has misplaced six of its final seven.
Neither team used to be ready to lead by double digits. The Grizzlies had a 100-99 edge heading into the closing interval.
Nurkic’s dunk gave the Blazers a 116-115 lead, but Jaren Jackson Jr.’s layup put the Grizzlies advantage in entrance with 5: 20 left. Lillard made the 2nd of a pair of free throws to tie it at 117 earlier than Nurkic’s layup.
The groups wrestled for the lead down the stretch. Morant’s layup put Memphis up 125-123. He overlooked basically the most fundamental of a pair of free throws earlier than Norman Powell’s layup obtained the Blazers inside of a level with 45.9 seconds left.
The Blazers obtained the ball with 10.7 seconds left and 2.1 on the shot clock, but Nurkic overlooked a shot below the basket. De’Anthony Melton made free throws at the varied cease, giving Portland 3.6 seconds left for a 3-pointer to tie it.
Lillard used to be fouled and made his first free throw but his 2nd rimmed out and Portland couldn’t rob up.
The Grizzlies had been in the course of a seven-sport boulevard day out, longest of the team’s Memphis-era. They’ll play the Path Blazers three times in the distance of a week. After Friday’s sport, the groups meet any other time Sunday afternoon at the Moda Middle, then they face off in Memphis next Wednesday.
Memphis had misplaced four straight to the Blazers, and the Grizzlies hadn’t won in Portland since 2017.
Each groups had been unhurried to derive warmed up. The Grizzlies led 28-20 in the opening quarter and 62-56 at the break. Morant’s putback capped the half and he led all scorers with 14 aspects.
Nurkic’s layup and a 3-pointer from CJ McCollum obtained Portland inside of 62-61 to open the 2nd half.
Portland pulled in entrance 71-70 on Lillard’s layup, but he came down onerous on the court and came up grimacing. It used to be correct his 2nd sport advantage after a hamstring ruin kept him out for three video games. He stayed in the sport.
The Blazers couldn’t take on to the lead and Brooks’ working jumper gave the Grizzlies a 94-91 lead.
Grizzlies: Dillon Brooks performed for the University of Oregon. … The groups had been as a result of meet in stupid January, however the sport used to be called off thanks to coronavirus protocol. Memphis did no longer just like the league-required eight avid gamers for the sport. … Memphis Middle Jonas Valanciunas overlooked his third sport thanks to concussion protocol.
Path Blazers: Portland continued to bustle assessments for when the team is allowed to welcome fans advantage, with a handful of other folks — largely workers and household — sitting in socially distanced courtside seats during from the team benches. Amongst the “fans” in the stands used to be Lillard’s toddler son. Oregon mild has no longer allowed spectators at indoor wearing occasions thanks to COVID-19.
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