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Blazers survive to play a Game 5
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Damian Lillard gave Portland fans something to cheer about with a huge fourth quarter, and the Blazers avoided a Grizzlies sweep with a 99-92 win. Lillard finished with 32 points and 7 assists. Box score

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Grizzlies play the foul game late
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Vince Carter and Marc Gasol ran a pretty play out of the timeout to narrow the Portland lead to 2, but the Grizzlies were forced to send Damian Lillard to the free-throw line, and he drilled both to push the margin back to 4. Follow live

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Kevin Pelton @kpelton

Good use of a play I know as "Rocket" to get Courtney Lee a layup to cut lead to 2. But Lillard makes both free throws and it's back to 4.

Lillard can't quite hit the dagger

Damian Lillard had a chance to put the Blazers up 6 with less than 30 seconds left, but he missed a 3-pointer, but Nicolas Batum drew a loose-ball foul on Jeff Green and sank two free throws to extend Portland's lead. Follow live

Kevin Pelton @kpelton

Damian Lillard's been looking for that pull-up 3-pointers all night. Finally found it -- and a foul.

Blazers not done yet in Portland

It's been a rough second half for LaMarcus Aldridge, but the Grizzlies are struggling offensively in the fourth without Mike Conley, and the Blazers have tied things up late in regulation. Follow live

Baxter Holmes @BaxterHolmes

If this is LMA’s swan song in Portland, it hasn’t been pretty. He’s 5-20 from the field, including 0-9 in the second half.

Kevin Pelton @kpelton

Grizz suddenly missing the pull-up jumpers the Blazers are happy to surrender. An opening here if Portland can score.

Michael Wallace @WallaceNBA_ESPN

Blazers not same confident team they were in first half. Doesn't look like they're running any plays. Just settling, jacking and praying.

Kevin Pelton @kpelton

Dave Joerger mixed sporting metaphor pregame, referencing playing baseball smallball and football ground-control game. Griz did that in 3rd.

Blazers on the brink in Game 4

Portland entered the third quarter with a 7-point lead. The Blazers exit the period trailing the Grizzlies by 7, and Portland's season could come down to these final 12 minutes. Follow live

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Calathes filling in for Conley just fine
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With Mike Conley out after surgery to repair facial fractures, Memphis PG Nick Calathes is picking up the slack. He has a career-high 4 three-pointers -- twice as many as Portland's starters -- and the Grizzlies lead. Follow live

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A rough start to the 3rd for Blazers

Portland has missed its first 10 field goals of the third quarter and has just 2 points midway through the period. LaMarcus Aldridge is responsible for 6 of those misses. Follow live

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Russillo @ryenarussillo

Lillard completely lost on the 3 by Lee. Looked like he would cut over the screen trailing and then went baseline. Maybe a bad switch?