Blazers blow halftime lead, lose on the road

Blazers blow halftime lead, lose on the road

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by Associated Press

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Posted on March 7, 2013 at 7:11 AM

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- For the second straight home game, the Memphis Grizzlies overcame a significant deficit to escape with a win. Marc Gasol had 23 points and 12 rebounds, Jerryd Bayless scored all of his 13 points in the final 13 minutes, and the Grizzlies beat the Portland Trail Blazers 91-85 on Wednesday night.

In its last home game, Memphis trailed Dallas by 25 before grabbing a 90-84 win on Feb. 27, the largest home comeback in franchise history. This time, the Grizzlies rallied from 17 down in the third quarter to win their second straight and 10th in the last 11.

The second half was another display of Memphis' defense, as the Grizzlies outscored Portland 53-35, and held the Trail Blazers to 28 percent shooting over the final two quarters.

Damian Lillard scored 20 points on 8-for-16 shooting for Portland. J.J. Hickson had 12 points and 13 rebounds, Eric Maynor also scored 12, and Wesley Matthews finished with 11 points. Nicolas Batum and LaMarcus Aldridge each added 10. Aldridge also had 10 rebounds and six assists.

All of Batum's points came in the first half, as he and Aldridge were a combined 6 of 23 from the field for the night as Portland shot 41 percent. Batum missed all five of his shots after intermission.

"That was a disappointing loss," Portland coach Terry Stotts said. "Maybe we could have executed a little better, but that was a disappointing loss." In the second half, the Grizzlies stopped the effectiveness of the Portland pick-and-rolls, tightened up on defense and used that to fuel the offense, Stotts said.

"They came out and played a lot harder than we did as far as energy and getting loose balls," Lillard said. "I thought we worked hard to get what we got, but they outworked us, and I thought they definitely turned it up defensively and made more shots."

Portland shot 54 percent in the first half, including Lillard hitting 5 of 7 for 14 points and a 50-38 lead at the break.

NOTES: The Trail Blazers lost their seventh straight road game, and have not won on the road since a 100-98 victory at Minnesota on Feb. 4. Lillard connected on his first 3-pointer of the game, giving him 130, most by a rookie since Stephen Curry made 166 in 2009-10. Hickson finished the game 6 of 12 from the field. He has shot at least 50 percent in 23 straight games. It was Lillard's 30th game of at least 20 points. He leads all rookies in that category. . Hickson recorded his 33rd double-double, ranking him fourth in the NBA.

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