Trail Blazers go for fourth straight win at home vs. Grizzlies
(Sports Network) – The Portland Trail Blazers attempt to extend their season-
long winning streak to four games tonight, as they welcome the Memphis
Grizzlies to the Rose Garden.
This is the third meeting this season between the clubs. The teams split a
pair of games at the FedExForum. This is the final time the squads will play
in the 2005-06 campaign.
Memphis has won two of three and five of the last seven contests in this
series. The Grizzlies have lost four of their last six at Portland.
Portland wraps up a three-game homestand. On Wednesday, Zach Randolph
dominated the paint with 28 points and 14 rebounds, as the Trail Blazers edged
the Philadelphia 76ers, 95-91, at the Rose Garden.
Juan Dixon added 18 points in the win over Memphis for the Trail Blazers, who
extended their season-high winning streak to three games. Ruben Patterson
chipped in 17 points off the bench for Portland.
The Trail Blazers, who will host the Clippers on Sunday in the finale of the
current stand, are 6-7 as the host this season. They have won two in a row at
the Rose Garden.
Memphis plays the third contest of a four-game homestand. On Wednesday, Damon
Stoudamire scored 25 points and dished out nine assists, as the Grizzlies
defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, 100-99, in overtime at the Staples Center.
Pau Gasol notched a double-double with 24 points and 13 rebounds, while Eddie
Jones tallied 17 points in the victory over the Lakers for the Grizzlies. Mike
Miller contributed 14 points and 15 rebounds for Memphis, which has won three
of its last four games.
The Grizzlies, who will visit the Seattle SuperSonics on Saturday in the
finale of the swing, are 8-5 on the road this season.