Grizzlies 93, Trail Blazers 79

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP)—The shift was dramatic for Bonzi Wells.

The last time he was on the floor with Memphis facing Portland, he scored 17 points to help the Trail Blazers to victory.

But Sunday, Wells had 16 points for the Grizzlies as they beat the Trail Blazers 93-79 and kept them winless on the road.

The Grizzlies pushed their winning streak to five to stand 6-6 against Western Conference competition. At 11-8 overall, the Grizzlies are above .500 in December for the first time in franchise history.

The Trail Blazers won their previous game with the Grizzlies 93-87 in Portland in November.

Wells, who built a bad-boy reputation with Portland, was traded to Memphis on Wednesday and faced his old teammates for the first time.

Portland had a 15-point lead in the second period but Memphis erased it in the third and put the Trail Blazers away in the fourth.

Portland drew four technical fouls, including two back-to-back in the final period that sent coach Maurice Cheeks to the locker room.

Wells said he wasn’t surprised by those calls, which were all for arguing with the officials.

“I could see in their eyes that they were getting mad and I knew they were coming. I’m just glad that I didn’t get any technical fouls,” Wells said. “It’s good to be on the other side, not getting technical fouls.”

Pau Gasol had 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead Memphis. Mike Miller also had 17 points, while Stromile Swift also had 16.

Lorenzen Wright scored 10 points for Memphis, and Earl Watson had a career-high 14 assists.

The Grizzlies took away the Trail Blazers’ lead in the third period to end it 69-68 on two free throws by Swift.

Portland continued to stumble in the final quarter, and Wells had 10 points in that period. He scored the final points of the game on a driving layup.

Portland was led by Zach Randolph with 29 points and 13 rebounds.

“We broke down toward the end,” Randolph said, adding that he expected to get the ball more than he did in the final period. “We should have stuck with what we did in the first half.”

Randolph got only four points and two rebounds in the fourth quarter.

Playing against Wells, he said, “was very weird.”

Cheeks said the Portland offense seemed to come apart in the second half.

“We had no flow to our offense, and that resulted in a lot of breakdowns,”Cheeks said.


Memphis G Jason Williams missed a fourth straight game with a strained back. … Portland leads its series with Memphis 22-11. … G Wesley Person, who went to Portland in the trade that brought Wells to Memphis, played 13 minutes for the Trail Blazers and hit one of three field goal attempts for twopoints.

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