Grizzlies overcome Lillard-less Blazers
Minus All-Star point guard Damian Lillard, the Trail Blazers didn't have quite enough to win Wednesday on the second night of a back-to-back.
The Memphis Grizzlies snapped Portland's seven-game road winning streak with a 108-103 victory at the FedExForm in Memphis, Tennessee.
Lillard was in Portland, awaiting the birth of his first child.
CJ McCollum, led the Blazers with 42 points (16 of 25 from the field).
MarShon Brooks paced Memphis with 21 points, rookie Dillon Brooks from the Oregon Ducks had 18 points, and Chandler Parsons added 15.
Portland also was without starting forward Moe Harkless, who had arthroscopic surgery on Wednesday to remove a loose body from his left knee. He will be re-evaluated in two weeks.
Shabazz Napier, who started for Lillard, had eight points and two assists in 27 minutes.
McCollum hit all seven of his field-goal attempts and scored 16 points in the first quarter, igniting Portland to a 28-20 lead.
McCollum had 25 points (9 of 10 from the field) at the half, and the Blazers had a 58-53 advantage.
McCollum ended the third quarter with a 3 that gave the Blazers an 81-76 lead.
MarShon Brooks sank a 3 with 1:45 left ifor a 102-99 lead the Grizzlies never relinquished.