Memphis (14-42) at Portland (24-32)

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  • Game info: 10:00 pm EST Fri Feb 23, 2007
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With the NBA’s trading deadline having passed, Pau Gasol will be with the Memphis Grizzlies as the team tries to snap a six-game road losing streak Friday when it visits the Portland Trail Blazers.

Gasol had been one of the most prominent names mentioned in trade rumors leading up to the deadline. The 7-footer reportedly has been unhappy in Memphis and wanted to be traded—a deal with Chicago was believed to be in the works— but he will remain in a Grizzlies uniform for the rest of the season.

The Grizzlies (14-42) have the second-fewest wins in the NBA, ahead of only Boston (13).

Gasol missed the first 22 games of the season because of a broken bone in his foot. He is averaging a team-leading 20.2 points and 9.4 rebounds since returning.

The sixth-year forward had 22 points and 14 rebounds in Memphis’ 118-115 overtime loss to the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday. Gasol scored the game-tying shot in regulation with 27 seconds left, but also missed two crucial free throws in overtime.

Mike Miller scored a franchise-record 45 points and hit nine 3-pointers, including three in overtime.

“It really doesn’t matter anymore,” Miller said of his record-breaking night. “Bottom line, I didn’t have enough at the end. … I needed to make more shots, and (we) needed to execute a little better.”

The loss was the team’s third straight overall and sixth in a row on the road, where the team is a league-worst 3-25. The Grizzlies close a four-game road trip Friday before returning home for the next two games.

“Being close on the road means nothing to us,” Miller said. “But we’re getting better, which is a positive.”

The Trail Blazers (24-32) have won both meetings with the Grizzlies this season, including a 135-132 double-overtime win on Jan. 27. This will be the first meeting in Portland.

While Memphis didn’t make any moves before the trading deadline, the Blazers were one of the few teams that did, sending Juan Dixon to the Toronto Raptors for Fred Jones in an exchange of backup guards.

Jones, the 14th overall pick in the 2002 draft who went to the University of Oregon, is averaging 7.6 points and 2.1 rebounds in 39 games. He recently missed eight games with a dislocated finger on his right hand.

“It’s always fun to add such a talented player with such strong local connections to our roster,” said Blazers president and general manager Steve Patterson. “We think he fits perfectly into the culture we’ve been cultivating here in Portland.”

Portland is coming off a 112-108 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday, its fourth win in six games. Jarrett Jack scored 30 points and went 7-of-8 from the free throw line in the final 2:32 after Los Angeles cut an 11-point lead to four.

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