Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 2/18

Game 1: Wednesday, February 18th
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Trail Blazers94
Game 2: Monday, March 16th
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Grizzlies92
Game 3: Saturday, March 28th
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Trail Blazers86
Game 4: Tuesday, April 7th
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Trail Blazers 103

(42-25, 14-19 away)

Grizzlies 92

(17-49, 12-22 home)

    Coverage: FSTN

    8:00 PM ET, March 16, 2009

    FedExForum, Memphis, TN

    1 2 3 4 T
    POR 29 26 18 30103
    MEM 20 28 18 2692

    Top Performers

    Portland: L. Aldridge 22 Pts, 8 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Memphis: O. Mayo 21 Pts, 2 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl

    Blazers hand Grizzlies 13th loss in last 15 games

    Associated Press

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Fighting for playoff position, the Portland Trail Blazers couldn't afford to take the lowly Memphis Grizzlies lightly.

    Fast Facts

    • The Trail Blazers have two wins in their last nine road games.

    • Portland improved to 31-2 when scoring 100-plus points this season.

    • The Grizzlies fell to 2-15 in the second of games played on consecutive days this season.

    -- ESPN research

    LaMarcus Aldridge had 22 points and eight rebounds and Brandon Roy finished with 20 points and nine assists to lead the Portland to a 103-92 victory over the Grizzlies on Monday night.

    "In our [Northwest] division, we're fighting for that sixth or seventh spot," Aldridge said. "Everybody felt like we had to win this one."

    The Portland victory, coupled with the Houston Rockets defeating the New Orleans Hornets 95-85 on Monday night, moved the Trail Blazers into the fifth playoff spot in the Western Conference. Portland entered the game in the sixth playoff spot after losing 98-80 in Atlanta on Sunday, their second loss in the previous three games.

    "It was a sign of a good team that got embarrassed [Sunday] that came back to try and get redemption," Memphis coach Lionel Hollins said of Portland's play. "And they did."

    Travis Outlaw added 18 points and Joel Przybilla had 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who are trying to reach the Western Conference playoffs for the first time since 2003.

    In addition to making the playoffs, the Trail Blazers are striving for their first division title since 1999. Denver's 121-96 win over the New Jersey Nets on Monday night left the Nuggets a half-game ahead of Portland in the Northwest.

    "We can't take anyone lightly," Przybilla said. "We're making a push for the playoffs, not only make the playoffs, but win our division. That was one of our goals at the beginning of the year, and we're in a fight for it right now."

    O.J. Mayo scored 21 points and handed out six assists to lead Memphis, which lost its 13th game in the last 15. Mike Conley had 20 points, and Rudy Gay scored 17 and grabbed 11 rebounds. Hakim Warrick finished with 15 points on 7-of-10 from the floor.

    Memphis was still within seven early in the fourth quarter, but Portland methodically extended the lead. Outlaw's 3-pointer, which he followed with a pair of free throws on the next possession, gave the Trail Blazers a 94-77 lead with 5:16 left.

    The Trail Blazers eventually built an 18-point advantage. Memphis never led.

    "We were trying to get the pace up for us," Conley said. "We were trying to get some easy buckets."

    Portland built an early double-digit lead hitting nine of its first 10 shots in the game. When the Trail Blazers finally missed their second shot, it only delayed the scoring as Przybilla grabbed the offensive rebound for a dunk. The sequence dropped Portland's shooting to 83 percent.

    Aldridge was the one leading the way, hitting seven of his first eight shots and scoring 15 points in the opening quarter to kickstart the Trail Blazers.

    "We had a guy with a hot hand," Portland coach Nate McMillan said. "We didn't force it to him. It was just within the flow of the offense. When we get that type of movement, we have guys who can shoot the ball, and it just happened to be the guy who was receiving it a lot."

    Portland would end the night shooting 47 percent, compared to 40 percent for Memphis.

    Memphis didn't fold after the early Trail Blazer lead, fighting to cut the Portland advantage to 53-48 late in the second. But Roy scored 14 points in the second quarter and the Trail Blazers led 55-48 at halftime.

    Mayo scored 13 points in the half.

    Portland was able to maintain its lead through the third period. Memphis cut the margin to three points in the period, but the Trail Blazers carried a 73-66 advantage into the fourth.

    After Outlaw's back-to-back scores, Memphis never threatened Portland the rest of the way, keeping the Trail Blazers on the road to the postseason and a possible division title.

    "In the West, we're pretty tight," Outlaw said of the race. "One game can drop you down to the eighth seed. We're trying to stay in there."

    Game notes


    Grizzlies guard Greg Buckner missed his third straight game with a left knee bruise. Memphis center Darko Milicic strained his lower back in the first quarter and did not return. Later in the first half, Grizzlies forward Darrell Arthur sprained his right knee. He also did not return. ... The Blazers were playing their second game of a five-game road trip. The journey, which started in Atlanta on Sunday, includes stops in Indianapolis, Cleveland and Milwaukee. Memphis, which defeated Detroit on Sunday, was trying for its first wins on consecutive nights this season. Portland has won five straight over the Grizzlies. ... Portland's front line of Przybilla, Aldridge and rookie Nicolas Batum were a combined 15-of-24 from the field (62.5 percent).

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    POR
    MEM
    Points 103 92
    FGM-FGA 38-78 (.487) 36-82 (.439)
    3PM-3PA 9-18 (.500) 6-11 (.545)
    FTM-FTA 18-20 (.900) 14-17 (.824)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-40 12-32
    Assists 24 20
    Turnovers 13 13
    Steals 5 7
    Blocks 7 4
    Fast Break Points 11 9
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (0/0) 21 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 18 0

    Top Performers

    Portland
    Memphis
    LaMarcus Aldridge Aldridge
    Points: 22
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1
    O.J. Mayo Mayo
    Points: 21
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0