LaMarcus Aldridge scored 28 points on 10-of-20 shooting and pulled down four rebounds to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a 105-98 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon Sunday night.
Mo Williams came off of the bench to score 17 points and dish out four assists and Wesley Matthews added 15 points and five assists.
The Trail Blazers entered the fourth quarter with a 17-point lead and quickly pushed the lead to 21 with a 4-0 run to open the quarter.
The Grizzlies threatened to make a game of it, but the Trail Blazers continued to answer their runs. They did, however, get the lead down to seven, but Mike Conley’s three was off the mark with 44 seconds to go and the Trail Blazers held on for the victory.
Damian Lillard had 13 points, five assists and four rebounds.
The Grizzlies were led by Zach Randolph, who scored 21 points and pulled down seven rebounds.
Marc Gasol added 20 points and five rebounds and Conley had 16 points, nine assists and five rebounds.
The Trail Blazers are now 48-27 while the Grizzlies are 43-30.
The loss dropped the Grizzlies a half-game behind the Phoenix Suns and Dallas Mavericks for the final two spots in the Western Conference.