Blazers pull out OT win over Grizzlies
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[February 09, 2016]
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- With the clock
ticking down Monday night at FedExForum and Portland trailing by two
points, point guard Damian Lillard rose up and fired off a 3-point shot.
He missed and then, from where he was standing, he could see a crowd of
black Trail Blazers jerseys flying toward the rim.
Guard CJ McCollum got the rebound but couldn't stick the ball back
in the bucket. Forward Allen Crabbe was there and so was guard
"I saw G. over everybody," said Lillard, who scored a game-high 33
Also in the picture: Memphis Grizzlies forward Jeff Green. And
though the official scorebook credited Crabbe (13 points) with the
tip-in with one-10th of a second left in the fourth quarter to send
the game to overtime tied 102-102, Henderson had a different view.
"I don't think I touched it," Henderson (16 points) said. "Jeff
Green hit it though."
Once in overtime, the Blazers outscored Memphis 10-4 for a 112-106
victory. Portland (26-27) has won eight of its last 11 and is
looking very much like a team that intends to return to the
"We grinded it out," Lillard said. "We trusted each other on the
Lillard made 10 of Portland's 14 successful free throws on the
night, including two late in overtime. McCollum finished with 21
points, six assists and three steals, and he scored six points in
the overtime period.
The score was tied 18 times overall, and neither team led by more
than six points.
Point guard Mike Conley led Memphis with a season-high 27 points.
Power forward Zach Randolph tied his season high with 26 points and
also had nine rebounds and four assists.
Memphis (30-22) center Marc Gasol left the game in the first half
with a right mid-foot injury and did not return. He finished with 11
points, three rebounds and two assists in 11 minutes.
Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger said he didn't know Gasol's status for
the game Wednesday at Brooklyn or beyond.
"Nothing yet," he said. "He is just dinged up. He's got a problem on
one leg, he's got another problem on the other leg. He is going out
there and giving us everything he can."
Gasol's mantra has been that he has to "push through" injuries and
Conley gets it. He's done the same thing, even playing with a mask
in the playoffs last year after sustaining a facial fracture.
"We don't want to sit down," Conley said. "We'll play through damn
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The score was tied 78-78 after three quarters as Memphis backup
point guard Mario Chalmers (12 points) knocked down a buzzer-beating
trey. Randolph carried the Grizzlies in the third, scoring 14 of the
team's 29 points.
Portland forward Ed Davis finished with seven points and eight
rebounds, but he got five of those boards in the fourth quarter and
the overtime and tried to play hard on Randolph.
"He played 40 minutes so I knew he'd be a little bit tired," Davis
said. "So I just tried to outwork him."
The Blazers shot 49.4 percent from the field and hit 10 of 29 from
long range (34.5 percent). Memphis shot 50 percent from the floor
and went 7-for-19 from behind the arc (36.8 percent).
Portland beat Memphis on points in the paint 52-46.
"Our perseverance in that game, we just kept after it and we did a
lot of good things," said Portland coach Terry Stotts. "Enough to
win the game. We played with a lot of grit."
NOTES: PF Zach Randolph posted his sixth 20-point and 10-rebound
performance of the season Saturday in Memphis' overtime loss to
Dallas. Since the start of the 2003-04 season, Randolph has more
20-point, 10-rebound games (265) than any other NBA player aside
from Dwight Howard (300). "He has a knack of getting shots off,
getting rebounds, getting his own rebound," Portland coach Terry
Stotts said. ... Memphis C Marc Gasol was listed as questionable on
the pregame injury report due to a sore right foot, but was in the
starting lineup Monday. "He was playing on one leg," Grizzlies coach
Dave Joerger said of Gasol's 22-point game Saturday against the
Mavericks. ... Portland PG Damian Lillard is tied for sixth in the
league in scoring at 24.0 points per game and is seventh in assists
with 7.3. ... The Trail Blazers' bench outscored the opponents'
bench for the 12th time in 15 games.
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