Blazers win trip opener
The Trail Blazers beat the memphis Grizzlies 100-92 Monday night at the FedExForum in Tennessee to open a five-game trip.
Guard CJ McCollum led the Blazers with 24 points. Point guards Damian Lillard and Shabazz Napier had 21 and 16 points, respectively. Starting power forward Noah Vonleh had 11 points and a game-high 18 rebounds in 30 minutes.
The Blazers climbed to 10-7. The Grizzlies dropped to 7-9.
Memphis led 24-17 with 1:19 left in the first quarter, then went from lukewarm to cold shooting.
Portland went up 47-34 with 3:27 to go in the second quarter — a 30-10 stretch in about 10 minutes.
The Grizzlies' 31.1-percent shooting in their first half was a season low for them.
One anxious moment came late in the second quarter, when Lillard injured his right ankle on a drive, landing on the left foot of Memphis' Chanlder Parsons.
Lilliard did not return in the half, but the Blazers kept the momentum despite a 5-0 burst by Memphis.
At the break, Portland was leading 55-46, thanks in part to a four-point play in the final 30 seconds from Napier, who finished the half with 11 points in 12 minutes.
McCollum had 16 points on 10 first-half field goal attempts; he hit five, going 3 for 4 on 3-pointers. Lillard had nine points in 14 minutes.
Tyreke Evans of Memphis had 16 of his 20 points in the first half.
Lillard was back for the second half, and Portland stayed in the lead, even as Nurkic's cold spell reached 0 for 6 before he hit his first basket midway through the third quarter. But a 12-0 run got Memphis even at 67-67 with about two minutes left in the period.
Napier scored the next five points, and the Blazers took a 72-71 lead into the final 12 minutes.
Memphis led briefly but went cold again.
McCollum's long 2 gave Portland a 98-92 lead with 35 seconds left.
Mario Chalmers, who scored 21 points for the Grizzlies, missed a 3, and the ball went out of bounds to the Blazers.
Lillard sank two free throws with 23.5 seconds remaining for a 100-92 advantage.
Marc Gasol had 19 points and 12 rebounds for Memphis.