Zach Randolph registered his 27th double-double this season, scoring 23 points and registering 10 rebounds, to help the Memphis Grizzlies take down the Portland Trail Blazers, 98-81. The Grizzlies took quality shots in this one, going 43-83 (51.8%) from the field, including 6-13 (46.2%) from three-point range. Memphis (23-20) has now won three in a row.
Randolph went 11-22 from the field. Other top performers for Memphis were Mike Conley with 19 points and 7 assists, and Marc Gasol with 15 points and 8 rebounds. LaMarcus Aldridge had another big game for Portland in the loss, putting up 27 points on 11-23 shooting from the field and 5-7 from the free throw line. He also tallied 16 rebounds. Nicolas Batum chipped in 10 points and 6 rebounds.
Along with their eFG% of 55.4%, the Grizzlies connected at a rate of 46.2% from 3-point range. On the season, they are undefeated (2-0) when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Trail Blazers are 1-5 when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.
Portland (33-13) has now dropped consecutive games after losing to Golden State on Sunday.
Coming up next, the Grizzlies square off against the Sacramento Kings, who are 15-29 on the year. The Trail Blazers meet the Toronto Raptors, currently 23-21 this season. The Grizzlies emerged victorious each of the last two times against Sacramento. The Trail Blazers are 1-0 versus Toronto this season.