Conley, Randolph Help Grizz Smother Portland

USA TODAY Sports

The Memphis Grizzlies beat the Portland Trail Blazers 94-76 in a game that they never trailed Wednesday night at the Rose Garden.

It's never pretty with the Memphis Grizzlies, but this one was probably as close at it gets. This game had everything; a Mike Conley dunk, high assist percentages, 10+ turnovers, Jon Leuer jumpers, and Ty Burrell eating a tuna sandwich.[1] Conley led the Grizzlies with 20 points and 5 assists while also getting a steal to restart his steals streak. It's now at one game. Zach Randolph added a very efficient 17 points and 8 rebounds to help pace the Grizzlies.

Memphis started the game on a 9-2 run while making six of their first eight shots. Backed by eight of Mike Conley's 20 points, the Grizzlies scored 32 points in the first quarter and led by 11.

Portland cut the led to six a couple times in the game, but never got closer than that, and never really made it feel like they were going to challenge the lead. After leading by as many as 18, the Grizzlies carried their 11 point advantage into halftime.

In the second half, Portland would score a total of 30 points (18 in the third, 12 in the fourth) thanks to some stingy Grizzlies defense, led by Tony Allen and his five steals. TA had a great game tonight, one of those few where the offense matches the defense (14 points, 5-10 shooting) and he was just all over the place. Extending the lead to 20, Memphis would be able to rest their starters the last few minutes of the game. Five bench players saw double-digit minutes, and everybody that put on a Grizzlies uniform got off at least one shot.

Game Notes from the Legend-Diary

  1. Keyon Dooling saw his first minutes as a Grizzly and even got off his first shot: a colossal air ball. Tough to get right off the couch and play in the NBA, but he certainly looked excited to be here.
  2. Mike Conley had what I can only assume is his first dunk on a regulation goal. Mike's playing really great basketball and averaging over 20 points the last 10 games.
  3. Zach Randolph had 17 points on nine shots. That'll do big fella, that'll do.
  4. Jerryd Bayless was 0-8 on the night, but did have seven assists. It's crucial for him to find ways to help the team when his shot isn't falling, and tonight, he did just that.
  5. The Grizzlies clinched a winning road record for the first time in franchise history, as well as picking up 51 wins for the first time either.

The win helps Memphis keep pace with the Clippers and Nuggets for home court advantage, as both team picked up wins tonight. After an off day Thursday, they'll head to Hollywood to take on a desperate Lakers team. For tonight thought, the Grizzlies just celebrate one of their less stressful wins on the season, and continue to take things one game at a time.

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[1] If you read this in a Stefan voice, congratulations, you passed the test, and you can be my friend.

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