PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Mike Conley was as relieved as the remainder of the Memphis Grizzlies when CJ McCollum missed a pull-up jumper with Three.7 seconds left.

“He had a great look,” Conley stated. “So we’re thankful to get away with a win.”

Tyreke Evans scored 21 factors off the bench, Conley had 20 — all within the second half — and Memphis held off the Portland Trail Blazers 98-97 on Tuesday night time.

Marc Gasol added 16 factors because the Grizzlies improved to 2-1 on their five-game highway journey.

Memphis wrestled with the Blazers for the lead within the remaining quarter after neither staff was capable of put collectively a double-digit benefit by means of the primary three.

Dillon Brooks stripped Portland’s Ed Davis and acquired a layup with a free throw that gave the Grizzlies a 96-91 lead with 39 seconds left. But the Blazers weren’t out of it. McCollum hit a Three-pointer with 13.four seconds remaining to drag Portland inside one.

After a video overview, officers reversed an out-of-bounds name with 12.1 seconds left, giving the ball to the Blazers. McCollum missed a jumper from about 17 toes out and acquired his personal rebound however could not get one other shot off in time. He completed with a season-high 36 factors.

“I got a good look on a shot I make very often. I’ve got to finish it, but I didn’t,” McCollum stated.

Damian Lillard, who had 12 factors for Portland, stated it should not have come right down to that shot.

“He got a good look, it didn’t fall. It’s a lot of things that impact the outcome of a game,” Lillard stated. “The last play is always what people talk about, but it’s a lot that puts you in that position.”

Brooks, beginning for the Grizzlies as a rookie, went to varsity at Oregon and was handled to hearty applause throughout pregame introductions. Ducks coach Dana Altman had courtside seats for the sport.

Brooks was a second-round decide by Houston and was despatched to Memphis in a draft-night commerce. He was final season’s Pac-12 participant of the 12 months and helped take the Ducks to the staff’s first Final Four look since 1939. He averaged 16.1 factors, Three.2 rebounds and a pair of.7 badists per sport throughout his remaining season.

With Ben McLemore (foot) and Wayne Seldon (quadriceps) out injured, Brooks made his third begin of the season and completed with seven factors and eight rebounds.

“He looks like he’s been playing in the league for a while,” Conley stated. “Each game he gets more respect.”

Brooks, who guarded McCollum for a lot of the night time, was additionally relieved after that remaining shot.

“He likes going left and he got me on a little push off,” Brooks stated. “I contested it pretty good I was just hoping that he missed.”

The Grizzlies jumped out to a 21-14 lead, however Portland closed the hole early within the second quarter and Evan Turner’s pull-up jumper tied it at 29. Lillard missed his first seven photographs from the sphere, lastly ending the drought on a layup with Three:12 left within the first half.

McCollum practically misplaced the ball on a drive to the basket however regained management to make a falling-down jumper on the buzzer and provides the Blazers a 50-47 lead at halftime. McCollum led all scorers with 15 factors on the break, then opened the second half with a Three.

But the Grizzlies went on a 10-Zero run to take a 61-57 lead. Portland tied it 71-all on the finish of the third quarter, however Conley hit a Three for Memphis as time ran out within the interval.


Grizzlies: Conley was Zero for five from the sphere within the first half. … McLemore was badigned to the G-League Memphis Hustle in preparation for his return. … Evans has scored 20-plus factors in 4 straight video games.

Trail Blazers: McCollum’s profession excessive for factors is 43 set final season. He made 4 Three-pointers Tuesday and the ultimate one was the 500th of his profession.


Lillard thought the Blazers let this one get away. “They played a slow game, limited the possessions of the game and we had our opportunities,” he stated. “We had some turnovers and some possessions on defense where we allowed them to take advantage of us. They just made more plays than we did in that fourth quarter. We had some fouls. Let that one slip. We had our chances.”


Memphis’ highway journey continues in Houston on Thursday.

Portland hosts Brooklyn on Friday night time.


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