|Date of game: 1/17/2015
Recap: Memphis vs. Portland
Memphis, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Zach Randolph scored 20 points with 15 rebounds to help the Memphis Grizzlies in a 102-98 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night.
Courtney Lee and Beno Udrih each contributed 17 points, with Udrih making all seven of his attempts -- including a pair of big shots down the stretch. Jeff Green also scored 17 points in his FedEx Forum debut for the Grizzlies.
Memphis has won four straight games and also sent the Blazers to their first three-game losing streak of the season.
"Stopping the penetration was big, I thought our size was good," Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger said.
LaMarcus Aldridge finished with 32 points and nine rebounds in the loss. Wesley Matthews and Damian Lillard went for 25 and 23 points, respectively.
"We put ourselves in a position to win a game on the road against a good team and just fell a little short in the second half," Blazers coach Terry Stotts said.
Matthews opened the final frame with a basket to cut the Blazers deficit to six, but Memphis responded with six straight points to regain a double-digit lead.
A 12-2 Portland run was opened and closed with Matthews converting 3-pointers as the visitors closed to within two with 5:18 left. Lee stemmed the momentum with a 3-pointer out of a timeout to push the lead to 89-84, but the Blazers would not go away.
Aldridge knocked down a pair of free throws to trim the deficit to three, then both teams traded baskets before Green came up with a big tip-in with 1:51 on the clock.
Lillard hit a 3-pointer that cut it to two preceding Udrih's jumper from the top of the key with 38.4 seconds left.
Matthews tossed up a deep 3-pointer on Portland's next touch, Randolph came down with the board and hit both free throws at the other end. Lillard then converted an off-balance 3 for the Blazers, but Udrih ran the clock down, drove past Lillard and made another mid-range jumper to essentially seal the outcome with 8.7 seconds remaining.
Memphis made 75 percent of its shots in the first quarter to take a 30-23 lead into the second.
Marc Gasol, who had 15 points, eight rebounds and six assists, knocked down a jumper to start a 14-6 run over the final five minutes of the second quarter to help the Grizzlies to a 60-42 lead at the break.
Randolph contributed 12 points and 10 rebounds in the first half.
Matthews and Steve Blake each canned a 3-pointer around a Randolph basket late in the third, then Matthews nailed another triple to make it a 78-70 game entering the fourth.Game Notes
Memphis made 51 percent of its shots, limiting the Blazers to 39 percent
shooting ... The Grizzlies led by as many as 20 ... There were a total of six
fastbreak points scored between both teams ... The Grizzlies' bench outscored
Portland's reserves 31-11.