PORTLAND -- Jerryd Bayless sank a pair of free throws with 1.5 seconds to play as the Memphis Grizzlies finally put away the Portland Trail Blazers 102-97 Tuesday night at the Rose Garden.
Zach Randolph made a triumphant return after missing four games with a sprained ankle, collecting 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Grizzlies (42-19), who improved to 13-1 in their last 14 games.
Marc Gasol scored 20 points, Mike Conley had 14 points and 15 assists and Ed Davis contributed 14 points and nine boards off the bench for Memphis
Damian Lillard collected 27 points and seven assists and LaMarcus Aldridge went for 28 points with 10 rebounds for Portland (29-34), which lost for the third time in four games.
Memphis extended an eight-point halftime lead to 66-51 on Davis' driving layup with 3:05 left in the third quarter.
The Blazers followed with a 7-0 run to get within 66-58. The Grizzlies took a 68-58 advantage into the fourth period and were in front 79-67. But the Blazers battled back, drawing to within 83-78 on Eric Maynor's driving layup with 3:47 remaining. Tayshaun Prince doused the flame with a 3-pointer and an 86-78 Memphis advantage, but Portland cut the Grizzlies' edge to 100-97 on three free throws by Maynor with 2.0 seconds to go.
The teams exited the first quarter tied at 21-21, Lillard doing the heavy scoring for Portland with nine points, Conley dishing off six assists for the Grizzlies.
Portland led 27-25 when the Grizzlies went on an 11-2 run to seize a 36-29 advantage midway through the second quarter. The margin was as many as nine points before Memphis settled for a 48-40 edge at the half.
Aldridge had 12 points and four rebounds in the half while three Grizzlies -- Randolph, Gasol and Davis -- scored 10 before the break.
Memphis shot .513 from the field and held a huge advantage in points in the paint (52-40) and fast-break points (17-6).
NOTES: Randolph was back after missing the previous four games with a sprained left ankle. "With Zach back, they'll play Grizzlies basketball much more," Portland coach Terry Stotts said. "The paint is going to be important. They're a grind-it, half-court team with Zach in there. When you add an All-Star to your roster, you become a better team." ... Backup forward Darrell Arthur, who has missed the last three games with neck and back soreness, will not play for the Grizzlies. ... Rookie center Meyers Leonard, who missed Sunday's loss at New Orleans with a right ankle sprain, was in the rotation for the Trail Blazers. ... Backup forward Victor Claver, who also missed the New Orleans game with an ankle sprain, did not play. ... Memphis coach Lionel Hollins said it's difficult to focus on one of two things defensively against the Blazers, though the Grizzlies will start with rookie point Damian Lillard, who had 20 points in the Grizzlies' 91-85 win at Memphis last Wednesday. "We have to play better in the pick-and-roll than we did the first half against him," Hollins said. "They have a lot of shooters. You try to concentrate on not letting (LaMarcus) Aldridge go crazy, you got to keep (J.J.) Hickson off the glass. ... They have a very balanced team, and they play to each other's strengths, for each other." ... The teams have split a pair of games at Memphis, the Blazers winning 86-84 on Jan. 4, the Grizzlies getting the equalizer last Wednesday. ... Portland kicked off a three-game homestand having lost two of three on its previous road trip. The Blazers are four games behind the Los Angeles Lakers for eighth place in the Western Conference playoff race.