In a complete performance, Marc Gasol put up 19 points and notched 9 rebounds and 7 assists to help the Memphis Grizzlies defeat the Portland Trail Blazers, 109-99. The Grizzlies had no trouble knocking down shots in this one, going 47-84 (56.0%) from the field, including 6-12 (50.0%) from three-point range. Memphis (37-26) is now on a three-game winning streak.
Gasol shot 8-14 from the field and 3-5 from the free throw line. Zach Randolph also chipped in for Memphis, finishing with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Damian Lillard had another strong performance for Portland despite the loss, scoring 32 points on 8-21 shooting (4-8 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 12-13 from the free throw line. He also registered 7 assists. LaMarcus Aldridge added 19 points and 10 rebounds and Nicolas Batum finished with 15 points and 8 rebounds.
Along with their eFG% of 59.5%, the Grizzlies connected at a rate of 50.0% from 3-point range. On the season, they are 5-1 when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Trail Blazers are 1-6 when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.
Portland (42-22) has now lost three consecutive games.
Coming up, the Grizzlies battle the New Orleans Pelicans, who are 26-37 on the season. The Trail Blazers go up against the San Antonio Spurs, currently sitting at 47-16 this year. The Grizzlies lost their last three meetings with New Orleans. The Trail Blazers have won two of their last three games against San Antonio.