Memphis continues to play with just 10 warm bodies, with Carter, Conley, Ennis, Parsons, and Wright all still inactive.
After a rough 1-8 start, Portland soon found a rhythm led by C.J. McCollum’s 15 points on 5 shots. As the Grizzlies headed into the locker room down 7 at half, Fizdale stayed on the court just long enough to get T’d up for, you know, suggesting things to the officials.
Some high-effort defense by Troy Williams sparked the Grizzlies in the second half –
– and Memphis pulled within three near the end of the third quarter after holding Portland scoreless for more than five minutes. Portland rebuilt a nine-point lead with 10 minutes remaining, a lead they held until Marc Gasol and Troy Daniels hit back to back triples to give Memphis an 82-81 lead with 90 seconds left.
Toney Douglas then decided to take over, hitting a midrange J to give the Grizzlies another lead at 86-85, then drawing a foul on Plumlee with 0.5 seconds left and sinking both free throws to seal the game.
Marc Gasol finished with 36 points (4-6 from three), JaMychal Green had 18(!) rebounds, and Douglas added 11 off the bench.