Randolph, who finished with only two rebounds in Sunday's loss
in New York, had 20 points and 13 rebounds, while Miles added 22
points as the Trail Blazers beat the Memphis Grizzlies 95-87
Tuesday night to snap a two-game losing streak.
Miles, who averaged 15 points in his last three games, keyed an
early burst in the fourth period with three baskets as Portland
built a 75-65 lead. The Trail Blazers maintained at least a
six-point advantage the rest of the way.
"Zach will get 20 points and 10 rebounds every night, so we're
not worried about Zach or Darius," reserve guard Juan Dixon said.
"We're worried about other guys stepping up and helping those guys
Dixon filled that role against Memphis with 20 points, including
nine straight in the final minute, while Travis Outlaw finished
with 10 points and shot 4-of-6 from the field. Miles added three
steals and two blocks.
"Darius made big plays. Zach did, and I thought Dixon did as
well," Portland coach Nate McMillan said. "If you've got three
guys that are giving you something offensively that you can use as
go-to guys, then you have a chance to win any ballgame."
Shane Battier led Memphis with 21 points and reserve Mike Miller
had 20, shooting 8-of-14 from the field and 4-of-7 from behind the
3-point arc. Pau Gasol scored 18 points and grabbed 16 points for
Memphis, which has lost two straight.
Memphis was slow on defense, sending the Trail Blazers to the
line 33 times.
"Defensively we didn't come out right tonight," Memphis guard
Eddie Jones said. "It was evident. There was nobody that came out
wanting to play great defense. In order for us to be successful, we
have a small margin of error, and we have to be pretty good every
night in order to win."
Memphis guards other than Miller struggled with their shooting
all night. Jones and starting point guard Damon Stoudamire were a
combined 5-of-20 from the field, and backup Bobby Jackson missed
all seven of his shots.
"We didn't have a good shooting night, and Portland had a great
defensive night," Memphis coach Mike Fratello said. "We got good
stops defensively and got the ball down the court, but they would
make more shots again. They chased down loose balls and got most of
Portland led 51-38 at halftime after Sergei Monia's 3-pointer at
the horn. The Blazers shot 56 percent and took their biggest lead
of the half at 46-32 after back-to-back inside baskets by Joel
Przybilla with just under four minutes left.
Memphis was just 6-of-23 in the second quarter. Stoudamire and
Jones missed all seven of their shots in the half.
Miller and Battier had 11 points in the half for Memphis.
The Grizzlies fought their way back with a 14-2 run to open the
third period. The Blazers led 69-63 entering the fourth.
The Grizzlies waived C John Thomas before the game, leaving
them with 14 roster players. Fratello said with F Brian Cardinal
working out more from offseason knee surgery, Thomas' minutes would
be reduced, and they wanted to give him an opportunity to hook on
with another team. ... Portland played its first game since F Ruben
Patterson was put on the inactive list for the remainder of the
Trail Blazers' road trip after a confrontation with McMillan at New
York. ... Second-year Blazers F Viktor Khryapa from the Ukraine was
activated before the game, the first time he has been active this
year. He did not play. ... Randolph recorded his seventh
double-double in nine games. ... Gasol had his fifth double-double
of the season, and his 16 rebounds was a season high for Memphis.