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McCollum, Lillard help Blazers get past Memphis in OT

The victory moves Portland within 2 1/2 games of the Grizzlies for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Credit: AP
Portland Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard, right, shoots past Memphis Grizzlies' Jonas Valanciunas during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, July 31, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Pool Photo via AP)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard combined to score 11 of Portland's 16 overtime points, giving the Trail Blazers a desperately needed 140-135 victory over Memphis.

The victory moves Portland within 2 1/2 games of the Grizzlies for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

McCollum finished with 33 points and six assists. Lillard had 29 points and nine assists. Jaren Jackson Jr. led the Grizzlies with 33 points. Rookie Ja Morant had 22 points and 11 assists while helping Memphis take a nine-point lead midway through the fourth quarter. 

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