Wednesday , Dec , 13 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Blazers end road trip in Memphis

(Sports Network) – The Portland Trail Blazers conclude a season-long six-
game road trip tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies at the FedExForum.

Portland is 3-2 on the current swing. Zach Randolph’s driving layup with 2.4
seconds remaining lifted the Trail Blazers over the Philadelphia 76ers, 81-79,
on Monday at the Wachovia Center.

Randolph finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds in the win over the Sixers
for the Trail Blazers, who have won two in a row. Juan Dixon contributed 17
points off the bench, while Ime Udoka scored 12.

A victory tonight, would give the Trail Blazers their first three-game winning
streak this season.

The Trail Blazers are 5-8 on the road this season. After tonight’s contest,
they return home for a three-game stand. Portland will host the Clippers,
Houston and Toronto on the upcoming homestand.

Memphis hopes to put the brakes on a three-game losing streak. On Monday,
Vince Carter posted 37 points, eight rebounds, five assists and four steals
while hitting a franchise-record nine three-pointers as the New Jersey Nets
matched a franchise record for three-pointers made in a game with 15 in their
105-92 victory over the Grizzlies at Continental Airlines Arena.

Chucky Atkins posted 26 points and seven assists in the loss to New Jersey for
the Grizzlies, who have lost six of their last seven games overall. Damon
Stoudamire scored 14 points,while Hakim Warrick and Stromile Swift both netted
10 in defeat.

The Grizzlies are 3-5 at home this season. They are scheduled to host Joe
Johnson and the Atlanta Hawks on Friday.

Portland has lost three of its last four at the Grizzlies, who have won two
straight and seven of the last 10 contests in this series.