MarShon Brooks scores 21 as Grizzlies beat Blazers 108-103

ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 29, 2018 11:00 AM
MarShon Brooks scores 21 as Grizzlies beat Blazers 108-103
Memphis Grizzlies guard MarShon Brooks (8) shoots between Portland Trail Blazers center Zach Collins, left, and forward Al-Farouq Aminu (8) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 28, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

By Clay Bailey, Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — MarShon Brooks scored 14 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter in his first game with Memphis, helping the lowly Grizzlies beat the Portland Trail Blazers 108-103 on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time).

Brooks made each of his four three-point attempts in the final period in his first NBA appearance since April 16, 2014, with the Lakers. He signed a 10-day contract with Memphis on Tuesday.

Dillon Brooks had 18 points for the Grizzlies (21-54), who earned their second straight win.

CJ McCollum led Portland with 42 points and Wade Baldwin IV added 15 points on 5-for-6 shooting. Baldwin scored the first eight points of the fourth quarter as Portland stretched its lead to seven points on several occasions.

Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard, who had 41 points in Tuesday's (Wednesday, PHL time) win over New Orleans, was not with the team after the birth of his son.

TIP-INS

Trail Blazers: Played their third game in four days. ... Shabazz Napier started his eighth game of the season in place of Lillard. ... Portland had won seven in a row on the road. ... The Blazers have scored at least 100 points in 18 straight games. ... McCollum's 42 points were his second-highest of the season. He scored 50 on Jan. 31 (Feb. 1, PHL time) against Chicago.

Grizzlies: Had not won consecutive games since a three-game winning streak from Jan. 15-19 (Jan. 16-20, PHL time). ... Jarell Martin had a career-high 14 rebounds. ... Of Memphis' 21 victories this season, 11 have come against teams currently in playoff spots.

PLAYOFF WATCH

The Trail Blazers hold a two-game lead over fourth-place Oklahoma City in the Western Conference standings.

DRAFT WATCH

The Grizzlies moved into a tie with Atlanta for the second-worst record in the NBA. The Hawks lost Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time) to Minnesota. Both still have a better record than the Phoenix Suns.

LAST WORD

"He's a bucket-getter." — Memphis interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff on MarShon Brooks.

UP NEXT

Trail Blazers: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday (Saturday, PHL time).

Grizzlies: Play the Jazz in Utah on Friday (Saturday, PHL time).

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