PORTLAND, Ore., Dec. 30 (Ticker) --
The Memphis Grizzlies may need a
lot more big games from Mike Miller
Overcoming the loss of point guard Damon Stoudamire
potentially serious knee injury, the Grizzlies posted a 93-90
victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.
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Stoudamire, who was making his return to Portland after spending
the last seven-plus seasons with the Blazers, went down with
3:52 remaining in the second quarter after landing awkwardly on
his right knee.
Miller picked up the slack in Stoudamire's absence, making
5-of-6 3-pointers and scoring 23 points.
Without their starting point guard, the Grizzlies held a 69-56
lead after three quarters but the Blazers chipped away in the
layup with 2:17 remaining brought the Blazers
closed the gap on a driving layup with 44 seconds
left but Shane Battier
made two free throws 19 seconds later to
give Memphis a 90-86 lead.
After Eddie Jones
connected two free throws, Dixon pushed the
ball down the court for layup with 12 seconds remaining to pull
the Blazers within 92-90.
split a pair of free throws, giving the Trail
Blazers a chance to send the game to overtime but Randolph
missed a 3-pointer as time expired.
had 18 points and nine rebounds and Battier added 17
and nine for Memphis, which went 9-of-21 from the arc. Jones
contributed 15 points.
scored 22 points off the bench and Randolph had
18 and nine rebounds for the Blazers, who had a three-game
winning streak stopped.