On a series of two consecutive defeats, both conceded against the young Jazz team in Utah, Memphis had the opportunity to end its “road trip” on a high note in Portland, where Damian Lillard is still on the list. injuried people.
Behind a good performance by Desmond Bane (29 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists) and Ja Morant (20 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists), the Grizzlies quite logically got rid of Blazers lacking a leader, lacking rhythm and simply lacking address (111-106).
It started from the start of the game, with Portland accumulating the bricks and taking four minutes to register their first basket in the game, a 3-pointer from Jusuf Nurkic, crystallized by a 12-2 in favor of Memphis. Dropped to 17 points at the start of the 4th quarter, the Blazers will nevertheless have defended their chances until the end since they will even equalize, before finally losing five points.
WHAT YOU MUST REMEMBER
— Desmond Bane clutch. On the flank the previous game with a sore ankle, Bane was a major contributor to the Grizzlies’ important road win, especially after two troubling losses at Utah. Rather discreet in scoring in the first half, and even during three quarters time with only 9 points at 3/11 on shots, Bane was able to raise his voice in the last quarter (the most important). With 20 points in 10 minutes, 4/5 on shots including 3/4 on 3-pointers and 9/10 on throws, Bane was quite simply the executioner of the Blazers…
— Eye-catching Blazers. At -6 (78-72) at the start of the fourth quarter, Portland was in its game. At home in front of his audience, everything was still possible! But by cashing a direct 9-0 from the hands of Bane and the Grizz, the task was going to be very complicated. But the Billups Blazers didn’t give up, starting in turn on a 10-0 “run” to finally equalize on two straight shots from Simons. Eye-catching until the end, the Blazers will nevertheless miss two decisive shots in the last minute.
✅ Desmond Bane. For his return to action after a missed game in Utah, Desmond Bane made the powder talk, as if nothing had happened. With 29 points including 5/8 from 3-pointers and 10/11 from throws, he was the Grizzlies’ chief pyrotechnician, plus 8 rebounds and 5 assists!
✅ The Steven Adams – Jusuf Nurkic duel. They’ve become an endangered species in the NBA, but pivots can still fight some serious battles under the boards! Like last night in Portland, between Steven Adams the Kiwi and Jusuf Nurkic, the “Bosnian Beast”. The two men finish in double double, with 14 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for the first and 23 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists for the second.
✅ Anfernee Simons. Top scorer in the game with 31 units, including 14 in the last quarter, Simons is clearly one of the forwards of the future in the NBA, while adding his innate elegance. A tad clumsy on the shot from afar (4/11), Lillard’s appointed lieutenant finished with a decent 10/21 overall, plus 8 assists.
⛔ Shaedon Sharpe. Holder for the second time in his young career, still due to the absence of Damian Lillard, Shaedon Sharpe this time missed his match. If his first had been a success (14 points) against Houston, this second try was much less conclusive for the surprising rookie from Rip City: 2 points to 1/6 on shots.
Memphis (5-3) : reception of Charlotte on Friday.
Portland (5-2) : trip to Phoenix on Friday for the first of two games against the Suns.