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2015 NBA Playoffs: Blazers vs. Grizzlies Final Score: 99-92; Portland Rallies Past Memphis, Trail 3-1 in Series

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Damian Lillard had 32 points, and the Portland Trail Blazers stayed alive for one more game, holding off the Memphis Grizzlies. They now trail in the series, 3-1.

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Damian Lillard had 32 points and 7 assists, CJ McCollum had 18 points off the bench, and the Portland Trail Blazers staved off elimination for one more game, rallying past the Memphis Grizzlies, 99-92 Monday night at Moda Center.  Portland now trails in the best-of-seven series, 3-1.

Memphis came out hot to start the ball game, and the Blazers found themselves trailing by eight halfway through the quarter.  However, Portland collectively decided it was not going to out this way, and Meyers Leonard led the charge back.  Leonard grabbed three quick rebounds, CJ McCollum and Nicolas Batum hit threes, and Leonard drilled one of his own to lead a 7-0 run to close the quarter.  Lillard led the scoring with eight, and the Blazers led by five after one.

Leonard's strong play continued into the second quarter, as he shot 4-of-4 for 10 points and played strong defense on Marc Gasol.  Lillard added eight in the period, LaMarcus Aldridge scored six, and Portland extended their lead to as many as nine.  The Grizzlies hung around with seven points by Beno Udrih.  The home team would take a seven point lead into halftime.

And then... everything fell to pieces as soon as halftime ended.  The Blazers missed their first ten shots of the second half, and would not hit a field goal until the 5:17 mark of the period.  They committed five turnovers, and Memphis retaliated with a 19-4 run.  Aldridge shot 0-for-7 in the period, and Portland trailed by as many as seven.  Lillard and McCollum scored four each to lead the scoring, and the Blazers trailed by seven after three.

The poor shooting continued into the fourth quarter, but it luckily spread to both teams.  Memphis finally pushed its lead to ten, but the combo of Lillard and McCollum dragged the team back.  With the Blazers trailing by two, McCollum ripped the ball away from Gasol and went coast-to-coast to tie the game.  The teams would go back and forth, with a four-point play by Lillard giving the Blazers a two point lead.  Zach Randolph tied the game, but McCollum drilled a three for a 91-88 lead.  After a miss by Randolph, Batum hit one of two free throws.  Courtney Lee cut the lead to two, but Lillard hit two free throws to seal the game.

Leonard had 13 points and 13 rebounds.  Nicolas Batum had 12 points and 13 rebounds.  Aldridge had the worst shooting night of his playoff career, shooting 6-of-22.  He finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds.


Gameday Thread Comments of the Night

As expected, everyone in tonight's Gameday Thread is thrilled to see the Blazers survive to fight another day. Here were the favorite comment tonight:

Remember guys, our magic number is 8. Any combination of Blazer wins and Grizzly losses totaling 8 means we advance!
by Bib Fortuna

Post-Game Reaction