National Basketball Association
Memphis 111, Portland 104
When: 8:00 PM ET, Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Where: FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee
Officials: #41 Ken Mauer, #43 Matt Myers, #36 Brent Barnaky
Attendance: 16889

Brandon Clarke scored 27 points and Ja Morant added 20 with nine assists as the Memphis Grizzlies rookies led the charge Wednesday in a 111-104 home victory over the Portland Trail Blazers during the last game for each team before the All-Star break.

Jonas Valanciunas and De'Anthony Melton each scored 12 points, while Valanciunas added 18 rebounds, as the Grizzlies won for the fourth time in their past five games and the eighth time in their past 10 contests.

Damian Lillard scored 20 points for the Blazers, but it was well under his 39.5 points-per-game average over his previous 11 contests. He entered with 29.7 points per game on the season. CJ McCollum scored 23 points and Anfernee Simons added 22 off the bench for Portland.

Lillard, who added 10 assists, left for good with 3:22 remaining in the game with what was later reported as a right groin strain. Per the Yahoo Sports report, the team plans on reevaluating him on Thursday and he is unlikely to play in Sunday's All-Star Game at Chicago or participate in Saturday's 3-point shooting contest.

The Blazers lost for the third time in their last four games, but have been much improved of late, entering with six victories in their previous nine games.

The Grizzlies extended their home winning streak to four games and are two games over .500 for the first time this season at 28-26. Memphis was 10 games under .500 at 6-16 on Dec. 7 and nine games under .500 at 13-22 on Jan. 2.

In a competitive first half where the lead changed hands eight times, the Grizzlies took a 67-63 lead at the break. The Grizzlies shot 57.4 percent in the first half and went 5 of 9 (55.6 percent) from 3-point range. The Blazers shot 44.0 percent in the first half.

Memphis took a 13-point lead in the third quarter, fended off a Portland run, and led 92-82 heading into the final period.

Dillon Brooks scored 11 points as the Grizzlies shot 47.4 percent in the game. Hassan Whiteside scored 16 points with 11 rebounds and Trevor Ariza had 12 points as the Blazers shot 37.1 percent. Carmelo Anthony had 15 rebounds for Portland.

Whiteside was ejected with 19.5 seconds remaining after earning his second technical foul.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Portland   Memphis
CJ McCollum 23 Scoring Brandon Clarke 27
Damian Lillard 10 Assists Ja Morant 9
Carmelo Anthony 15 Rebounds Jonas Valanciunas 18
Damian Lillard 4 Free Throws Made Jaren Jackson Jr. 5
Trevor Ariza 2 Steals Brandon Clarke 2
Carmelo Anthony 1 Blocks Jaren Jackson Jr. 3
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Portland 104 37.1 13-37 19-24 21 51 3 7 11
Memphis 111 47.4 6-23 15-22 26 57 9 8 12
Upcoming Games
  • Memphis will play their next game on the road against Sacramento. The Grizzlies have a W/L % of .556 after a win and .481 after a loss.
  • Portland will play their next game at home against New Orleans. The Trail Blazers have a W/L % of .400 after a win and .484 after a loss.