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Jarvis Greer

Blazers Beat Cold Shooting Grizzlies/Thabeet Fractures Jaw

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Brandon Roy scored 20 points, LaMarcus

Aldridge added 16 points and 12 rebounds, and the Portland Trail

Blazers won their third straight with a 93-79 victory over the

Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night.

Casey Blake and Greg Oden had 14 points each for Portland, all

of Odens coming in the second half.

Marc Gasol led Memphis with 20 points, while O.J. Mayo scored


  Memphis actually played good defense in this game, coming up with numerous steals and held the Blazers to 46% shooting, the first team they've held under 50% this season. Memphis outrebounded the Blazers and limited their turnovers to just 14.  But, shooting was sorely lacking for the first time since the first game.

 After being tied at 45-all in the first half, the Grizz shot just 29% in the 3rd quarter, and the Blazers jumped out to an 8 point lead.  More cold shooting by Memphis in the 4th, and Portland settled in for the 14 point victory.

The Grizzlies, who dropped their sixth straight, still were

without guard Allen Iverson, who left the team last weekend, with

owner Michael Heisleys blessing, after playing three games on the

West Coast.

Memphis center Hasheem Thabeet, the No. 2 overall pick in last

years draft, suffered a fractured jaw late in the first quarter

when he collided with Randolphs head.

The Trail Blazers have now won eight straight in the series.

Portland broke open the game with a 14-1 run in the third period

erasing a Memphis lead. The Grizzlies never really threatened after

Portland rebuilt the lead to double digits on Oden's dunk with 10

minutes left in the game.

Randolphs layup with 13.6 seconds left in the half tied the

game at 45.

Neither team held a lead of more than 6 in the half. There were

seven ties and 13 lead changes before the break.

Aldridge had 12 points to lead the Trail Blazers, while Roy had

10 at intermission. The pair was a combined 9-of-11 from the field.

Gasol had 12 points for Memphis.

Portland eventually put together the 14-1 rally, extending the

Trail Blazers lead to 67-55, their largest advantage of the game at

that point. Memphis was struggling from the field, hitting only

four of its first 16 shots in the quarter.

The Grizzlies were able to whittle away at the lead, and Gasols

3-point play with 6.3 seconds left in the quarter, cut the Portland

advantage to 69-61 entering the fourth.

Notes: Memphis last defeated Portland on March 29, 2007.

Portland has won 25 straight games over NBA teams that start with

the letter M (Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee and Minnesota). Travis

Outlaws tip at the end of the first half was ruled to have come

after the horn. Officials reviewed the play before letting the

ruling stand.

  The Grizzlies are on the road at the Houston Rockets Wednesday night.

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