JA Morant scored 28 points to lead the Memphis Grizzlies past Portland Trail Blazers for the second time in three days. Jonas Valanciunas who missed three games due to concussion protocols hammered a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds. JA Morant had 33 points and 13 assists in a 130-128 Memphis victory over the Blazers on Friday night.
Talking about the Portland Trail Blazers, CJ McCollum had 27 points. They have lost five straight and nine of its last 11 to fall to seventh in the Western Conference, a half-game ahead of Memphis Grizzlies. Jusuf Nurkic had 16 points and 19 rebounds.
JA Morant leads Memphis Grizzlies’ offense against slumping Portland Trail Blazers yet again
Memphis Grizzlies stretched the lead to as many as 16 points in the third quarter but Portland Trail Blazers closed the gap to 94-92 on Carmelo Anthony’s pullup 3-pointer with just over 10 minutes left. It was Anthony’s fourth straight 3. But Portland went cold and the Grizzlies went on a 10-0 run to lead 104-92 after Dillon Brooks’ 3-pointer with 8:35 left. Brooks’ short jumper pushed it to 111-96.
Portland rallied, getting to 114-111 on Nurkic’s layup and free throw with 58.3 seconds left. The Portland Trail Blazers were off at the start but went on a 12-0 run that put them up 20-16 in the opening quarter. The lead was short-lived, however, and the Grizzlies built a 51-40 second-quarter lead capped by Morant’s 3 pointer.
After Morant’s free throws, Norman Powell’s layup made it a three-point game. Morant added another pair of free throw before Damian Lillard missed on a 3-point attempt that all but ended it.
The Grizzlies were in the midst of a seven-game road trip, longest of the team’s Memphis-era. They’ll wrap it up on Monday at Denver, before hosting the Trail Blazers on Wednesday.