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Grizzlies Edge Blazers in Furious Comeback, 88-86

Marc Gasol poured in 36 and Toney Douglas played hero late as the Grizzlies won another dramatic thriller.

NBA: Portland Trail Blazers at Memphis Grizzlies Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

Lineup Notes

Memphis continues to play with just 10 warm bodies, with Carter, Conley, Ennis, Parsons, and Wright all still inactive.

Game Story

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.