Friday , Mar , 30 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Grizzlies down Blazers

Portland, OR (Sports Network) – Tarence Kinsey poured in 20 points as
Memphis edged Portland, 96-92, at the Rose Garden.

Hakim Warrick scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while Rudy Guy also
added 18 points for the Grizzlies, who have won two in a row. Pau Gasol
chipped in 17 points and eight boards in the victory.

“It feels good,” Gasol said. “We played real well offensively and defensively.
We have to hustle on defense and play the tough zone how we have been. The
young guys played really well. That’s what it’s going to take.”

Memphis finished 39.7 percent shooting from the field.

Zach Randolph posted a career-high 43 points and pulled down 17 rebounds for
the Trail Blazers, who have dropped three straight games. Brandon Roy and
Travis Outlaw each had 13 points in defeat.

“We had too many guys not making plays tonight,” Roy said. “We’ve got to keep
fighting and trying to win as many games as possible. It’s been a long season
but I’ve dealt with it pretty well.”

Portland shot 43.9 percent from the floor but missed all 11 of its three-point
attempts.

Trailing by three entering the fourth quarter, Portland fired back and took
its biggest lead of the game, 81-75, on Outlaw’s jumper at the 6:33 mark.
However, the Grizzlies responded with a 6-0 spurt to knot it at 81 and things
went back and forth for the next few minutes.

After Randolph’s layup made it 90-90 with 1:10 remaining, Kinsey buried a jump
shot and Warrick hit a driving hook shot for a 94-90 edge with 9.3 seconds to
play.

Randolph then made a layup to cut it to two, but Warrick drained both from the
line to ice the contest.

With the game tied at 24 entering the second quarter, Memphis, down by two,
embarked on a 9-0 run — capped by Gasol’s driving hook shot — for a 39-32
lead with 5:20 left.

Chucky Atkins then drained two free throws to open up a 10-point Grizzlies
advantage, but Portland ended the frame with six straight points to cut within
50-46 at halftime.

Memphis held the Trail Blazers at arms length throughout the third quarter and
went into the final frame up 69-66.

Game Notes

Prior to the game, Portland promoted Kevin Pritchard to general manager. He is
now the youngest GM in the NBA, at 39 years old…Memphis has won three
straight and five of its last six at Portland.

POR MEM