Memphis 96, Portland 92

PORTLAND, March 29 (AP) -- Rookie Tarence Kinsey had 20 points to lead four Memphis starters in double-figures and the Grizzlies beat the Portland Trail Blazers 96-92 Thursday night to win back-to-back games for the first time this season.

Rudy Gay and Hakim Warrick added 18 points apiece and Pau Gasol had 17 for the Grizzlies, who made 35 of 36 free throws (97.2 percent), including their first 29.

Zach Randolph had a career-high 43 points and tied a season-high with 17 rebounds, continuing his torrid play against the Grizzlies this season.

Memphis was coming off a win Tuesday over the Los Angeles Lakers and was the only team in the NBA that hadn't won two straight games this season.

Kinsey hit a jumper with 46 seconds remaining to give the Grizzlies a 92-90 lead. Outlaw missed on the other end for the Blazers, and Warrick drove into the lane and hit a hook shot.

Randolph made a driving layup for the Portland, but Warrick countered with two free throws.

Brandon Roy had 13 points and five assists for the Blazers. Travis Outlaw added 13 points. Portland missed all 11 of its 3-point attempts.

With Mike Miller and Damon Stoudamire again sitting out with patellar tendinitis, Junior Harrington and Kinsey both made their third starts for Memphis.

Harrington, who played 48 minutes in the win over the Lakers, got some relief with the return of Chucky Atkins.

Kinsey, who led all scorers with 24 points in the game against the Lakers, was 8-for-13 from the field against the Blazers. Kinsey, an undrafted free agent out of South Carolina, is averaging 19 points in his last four games.

Randolph was 16-of-26 from the field and 13-of-16 from the free throw line. He is averaging 33 points in four games against the Grizzlies.

Portland went up 32-30 with 8:25 left in the second quarter, but Kinsey's 3-pointer jump-started a 16-4 run that gave the Grizzlies a 46-36 lead.

The Blazers closed the half with a 6-0 run that got them to 50-46 at the break.

Randolph hit a 22-footer with 9:01 to go in the fourth to give Portland the lead at 74-73.

The Grizzlies took a 90-88 lead with 1:26 left on Warrick's breakaway dunk. Randolph tied the game with a layup on the ensuing possession.

Memphis, which has the worst record in the NBA, has won four of five against the Blazers in Portland. The Blazers have lost three straight.

Notes: Before the game, Portland promoted Kevin Pritchard to its vacant general manager job. ... The Blazers were without F Ime Udoka, who suffered his second concussion of the season against Chicago on Monday. ... Warrick had 10 rebounds for Memphis. ... Roy returned for Portland after missing the Chicago game because of the birth of son Brandon Jr.


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