Saturday , Jan , 27 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Portland downs Memphis in double overtime

Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Zach Randolph scored a career-high 42 points,
grabbed 12 rebounds, and set a franchise-record with 40 field-goal attempts
for the Portland Trail Blazers, who downed the Memphis Grizzlies, 135-132, in
double overtime at FedExForum.

Ime Udoka also got his career high with 21 points for the Trail Blazers, who
have won three of four. Brandon Roy scored 16 points, Jarrett Jack 13. Martell
Webster scored 12 points and Jamaal Magloire added 10 off the bench.

Mike Miller posted 28 points and eight rebounds for the Grizzlies, who have
lost four of five. Pau Gasol (strained left hamstring) was questionable for
the game, but notched 24 points and 14 rebounds, nonetheless.

Chucky Atkins scored 23 points and Hakim Warrick had 20 off the Memphis bench.
Eddie Jones posted 13 points and eight rebounds, while Damon Stoudamire had 10
assists.

Randolph exploded for seven straight Portland points and Roy scored the next
five, as the Blazers got their largest lead of the game, 128-123, with 1:10
remaining in the second overtime.

After Warrick scored on a jumper, Randolph nailed a dagger from two steps
beyond the arc to put Portland ahead by six with 38.1 seconds left. Atkins
followed on a layup with 18.3 seconds on the clock.

Udoka hit a free throw with 17.5 seconds left and Gasol got a dunk about seven
seconds later to trim Memphis’ deficit to four.

But, Jack converted a pair of free throws with 9.8 seconds remaining to seal
the win for Portland. Miller drained a trey with 1.3 seconds, but it was too
little too late, as the Blazers held on for the hard-fought win.

With Portland trailing by one in the first overtime, Randolph converted 1-of-2
free throws with 55.7 seconds to re-tie the score at 116. Atkins missed on a
three-point attempt on the en suing possession, but Gasol got the rebound and
was then fouled.

He missed both attempts from the charity stripe, however, and Randolph then
missed on a running jump hook in the lane. Atkins missed on a jumper from the
low block, and Roy came up just short from half court to send the game into
double-overtime.

With Memphis trailing by two, Warrick hit on a double-clutch one-handed hook
shot and got fouled with one minute left in regulation. He missed the free
throw to leave the score tied at 111 for the final minute.

Randolph missed on a turnaround fadeaway jumper in the lane with 34 seconds
left. Miller missed on a baseline leaner, got his own rebound, and then missed
on a wide-open layup to leave the score tied with eight seconds remaining.

Memphis had a foul to give, and exercised it immediately. Roy cut hard through
the lane, expecting contact, but had the ball knocked loose. Udoka came up
with the rebound and lifted a desperation fadeaway at the buzzer that fell
just short, as the game went into overtime.

Memphis got going early on a 10-0 run capped by a Dahntay Jones jumper with
2:11 remaining, however Portland picked up its offense down the stretch,
closing the quarter on a 10-4 run to trial just 28-21 heading into the second.

The Grizzlies added five points to their lead in the second to hold a 59-47
advantage heading into the locker room.

After Jones opened the second half with a trey and Miller hit 1-of-2 free
throws, the Blazers regrouped and went on a 15-3 burst capped by a Udoka tip
shot with 7:08 remaining to cut their deficit to just four.

Game Notes

Portland’s Geoff Petrie attempted 37 shots at Golden State on February 8,
1973…The Blazers defeated Memphis, 85-79, on December 13 this season at
FedExForum to snap a two-game skid in the series…These teams have split
their last six meetings, but Portland has won three of its last four trips to
Memphis.

POR MEM