Damian Lillard torches Grizzlies with seven treys as Blazers win third game in row
Damian Lillard was on fire against the Grizzlies. AP

PORTLAND, Oregon — Damian Lillard scored 27 points, including 14 in the third quarter, and the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 115-96 on Thursday night (Friday, Manila time).

It was the second game of a back-to-back for the Blazers, who have strung together a modest three-game winning streak. C.J. McCollum added 20 points and a career-high five assists.

Courtney Lee led the Grizzlies with 18 points while Zach Randolph, who played for the Blazers for the first six years of his career, had 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Lillard hit seven three-pointers, including one that put Portland ahead 95-71 early in the fourth quarter.

The Blazers were coming off a 108-92 victory over Utah on Wednesday. Lillard and McCollum combined for 62 points against the Jazz.

The Grizzlies, in the midst of a five-game road trip, were routed by reigning NBA champion Golden State 119-69 on Monday, but rebounded to beat Sacramento 103-89 on Tuesday.

The Grizzlies defeated the Blazers in the first round of the playoffs last season in five games. Lillard is the only starter that remains with Portland from that team, following the offseason departure of LaMarcus Aldridge, Nicolas Batum, Wesley Matthews and Robin Lopez.

Lee and Randolph iced their knees on the Memphis bench to start the second quarter but Lee's three-pointer gave the Grizzlies a 35-32 lead midway through the period.

Jeff Green hit a half-court shot at the buzzer that was originally called good but review showed that time had run out and the Blazers led 50-46 at halftime.

Lillard hit a 3-pointer and Portland added free throws to pull ahead 67-62 midway through the third quarter. Maurice Harkless dunked to extend it to 71-63 and Portland would lead by as many as 26 points.


Grizzlies: Seventeen-year veteran Vince Carter needs just three more games to pass Steve Nash for 30th on the NBA's all-time games played list. Carter, who did not play against the Blazers, is sitting at 1,215.

Trail Blazers: Portland has 19 back-to-backs this season. ... Lillard and Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook are the only players to be ranked within the league's top six in points and assists. ... McCollum has scored at least 15 points in all six games this season.


Lillard's seven 3-pointers were one shy of a career high. Six came in the second half, which was one off the team record for a half. Lillard has 23 3s this season, second only to Golden State's Stephen Curry, the reigning MVP, who has 28.


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