Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 11/17

Game 1: Wednesday, November 17th
Trail Blazers82
Game 2: Friday, February 11th
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Game 3: Saturday, March 12th
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Game 4: Monday, March 14th
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Trail Blazers 83

(23-38, 8-23 away)

Grizzlies 104

(36-27, 21-10 home)

    Coverage: FSS

    7:00 PM ET, March 14, 2005

    FedExForum, Memphis, TN

    1 2 3 4 T
    POR 24 17 16 2683
    MEM 25 28 22 29104

    Top Performers

    Por: J. Przybilla 10 Pts, 14 Reb, 4 Ast, 4 Blk

    Mem: M. Miller 27 Pts, 2 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl

    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.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 83 104
    FGM-FGA 33-71 (.465) 37-71 (.521)
    3PM-3PA 6-14 (.429) 6-18 (.333)
    FTM-FTA 11-13 (.846) 24-30 (.800)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-36 7-33
    Assists 21 22
    Turnovers 20 10
    Steals 4 12
    Blocks 5 4
    Fast Break Points 7 12
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (1/0) 16 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 4 23

    Top Performers

    Joel Przybilla Przybilla
    Points: 10
    Reb: 14
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 4
    Mike Miller Miller
    Points: 27
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0