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Miller's hot hand propels Memphis to easy win

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Getting back to Memphis made all the
difference.

Two days after losing to Portland on the road, the Memphis
Grizzlies routed the Trail Blazers 104-84 on Monday night before
the hometown fans.

"There is nothing like being back at home," said Shane
Battier, who had 14 points and four assists. "Our confidence was
up and we were able to jump on them early."

In their 80-66 loss at Portland, the Grizzlies had their lowest
scoring night of the season.

"Last game against them, we shot a lot of floaters," said Mike
Miller, who led Memphis with 27 points. "But tonight, we went
right at them. They've got a lot of shot blockers, but we attacked
them early because they can't block all of them."

Miller was 8-of-12 from the field, including 3-of-6 shooting
from 3-point range, as he came within a point of matching his
season best of 28 points.

The Grizzlies shot 52 percent from the field. They shot 36.5
percent at Portland.

"Mike Miller had a huge game," Portland interim coach Kevin
Pritchard said. "Some of the shots he makes are unbelievable and
when he misses, he doesn't miss by much."

The Grizzlies were well out front for good after a 9-2 run in
the third quarter gave them a 21-point lead at 70-49. They were up
by 23 points six times in the final period, the first time at 94-71
at 6:27 on a 3-pointer by Miller.

Lorenzen Wright had 19 points and nine rebounds for Memphis, and
Earl Watson added 16 points and seven assists. Watson played with a
mouthpiece, which he kept pushing in and out, because of a smack in
the face from the back of an opponent's head late in Saturday's
game in Portland.

Brian Cardinal had 12 points for Memphis.

Damon Stoudamire led the Trail Blazers with 20 points. Shareef
Abdur-Rahim added 14, Travis Outlaw had 12 and Sebastian Telfair
and Maurice Baker had 11 each. Joel Przybilla had 10 points and 14
rebounds.

Pritchard said Telfair is still searching for his pace at point
guard.

"He played well tonight at times and there are still things
that we need to work on," Pritchard said. "I am demanding that he
mature as a player. This is going to be a process with him and all
our rookies. It is a transition that we have to go through."

The Grizzlies have struggled with injuries for a couple of
months. Pau Gasol, the team's leading scorer and rebounder, is out
indefinitely with a hurt foot, while point guard Jason Williams and
forward Stromile Swift are also sidelined.

"Our guys understand that they each have to give a little bit
more and produce a little bit more, and sometimes in areas that
aren't normally expected of them," Memphis coach Mike Fratello
said.

Game notes
The Grizzlies' Williams missed the game because of a
sprained right ankle, and Swift sat out with a sprained left ankle.
Gasol has been on the injured list since Jan. 25 because of a foot
injury. Asked about Gasol, Fratello said, "I don't know what to
tell you." ... Bonzi Wells, who came to Memphis from Portland,
also is on the injured list with a back injury. ... The Grizzlies
are 3-1 against Portland this season.