Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 11/15

Game 1: Thursday, November 15th
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Game 2: Thursday, January 24th
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Game 3: Monday, March 25th
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Game 4: Thursday, April 11th
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Grizzlies 103


Trail Blazers 100

(43-27, 25-10 home)

    7:00 PM ET, March 25, 2002

    Moda Center, Portland, OR

    1 2 3 4 T
    MEM 17 27 20 39103
    POR 37 20 26 17100

    Top Performers

    Memphis: L. Wright 21 Pts, 9 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    Portland: B. Wells 34 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl

    Grizzlies rally from 19-point fourth-quarter deficit

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The old "taking them too lightly" excuse didn't seem to work for the Portland Trail Blazers. Not after the kind of loss they endured Monday night.

    Lorenzen Wright

    Grizzlies forward Lorenzen Wright celebrates from the bench in the waning seconds of Monday's stunner in Portland.

    Most of the prominent Blazers didn't even try to explain their stunning 103-100 defeat to the Memphis Grizzlies, who rallied from 19 points down in the fourth quarter. That left the reserves to try to make sense.

    "There's no explanation for that," said Shawn Kemp, who started in place of the injured, badly missed Rasheed Wallace. "It's like getting in a fight; you've just got to take that one on the chin. It's just the way it is sometimes."

    Rodney Buford scored 14 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, and rookie Will Solomon added 10 in the period as the Grizzlies outscored Portland 39-17 in the fourth quarter.

    "This was unbelievable," coach Sidney Lowe said. "This was just a great effort by our guys, just hanging in there and continuing to play and not giving in."

    Lorenzen Wright scored 21 points to lead the Grizzlies, who had lost six straight and 15 of 17. Memphis (18-52) began the night just a half-game ahead of Chicago for the league's worst record.

    The Grizzlies trailed by as many as 25 late in the third quarter, making this the biggest comeback in the franchise's seven-year history. The previous largest was 23 points in a win over New Jersey in January 2000.

    "At the end, it felt like we were in the driver's seat," said Shane Battier, who had 10 points and was the only Memphis starter in double figures. "If we can keep that feeling, we can start winning some games."

    Bonzi Wells scored 34 points to lead the Blazers, and he had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds. Trailing 100-97, Wells missed two free throws, but grabbed his own rebound on the second miss.

    He ran toward the 3-point line, turned around and swished the shot with 6.4 seconds left, but the officials ruled Wells' foot was inside the line, giving the Grizzlies a 100-99 lead.

    Battier inbounded to Buford, who got free for an easy dunk to make it 102-99. Damon Stoudamire was fouled and made one of two free throws, intentionally missing the second. Kemp fouled on the rebound try, and Wright made one of two from the line for a 103-100 lead with 1.9 seconds left.

    Stoudamire got the ball with one last chance, but his desperation 3-pointer was too high.

    "We stopped playing with probably 10, 11 minutes left in the quarter," said Portland's Steve Kerr. "They're like any other team in the NBA, they've got some talented players. They may not have a good record, but they have guys who can play, and we let them believe they could win, and by the time they got back in it, we had lost our offensive rhythm. And, of course, without Rasheed to go to down the stretch, we weren't quite comfortable with what we were doing."

    Wallace was not in uniform because of a lower back strain.

    Memphis, which had lost its two previous games to Portland by a combined 52 points, outscored the Blazers 39-17 to earn just its seventh road victory of the season.

    It was a bitter defeat for the Blazers (43-27), who had won 17 of 19 to climb into the fifth layoff spot in the Western Conference.

    Even after they let the big lead slip early in the fourth quarter, a jumper by Derek Anderson put the Blazers ahead 87-73 with 8:52 left.

    Portland then went cold, going the next 5:04 without a point, and the Grizzlies went on a 19-2 run.

    The Blazers were in complete control early, making eight of their first 10 shots. Consecutive 3-pointers by Stoudamire and Wells put them ahead 30-7 just 8:40 into the game.

    The lead grew to 24 in the second quarter before the Blazers got sloppy and Memphis went on a 17-4 burst. Jason Williams made a 3-pointer and two long jump shots, and Pau Gasol's jumper cut it to 55-44.

    Memphis got within 11 again early in the third quarter, but the Blazers responded with a 16-2 run. Scottie Pippen and Wells each hit 3-pointers, and Pippen capped the run with a putback and fast-break jumper to make it 75-70 with 4:46 left in the period.

    Game notes

    The Blazers fell to 11-3 in March. They had been threatening the franchise record for victories in March, 13, set in 1996-97. ... The Blazers had won eight straight at home.<

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 103 100
    FGM-FGA 42-84 (.500) 39-87 (.448)
    3PM-3PA 4-13 (.308) 7-15 (.467)
    FTM-FTA 15-24 (.625) 15-20 (.750)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 15-38 19-44
    Assists 23 21
    Turnovers 16 17
    Steals 4 11
    Blocks 8 1
    Fast Break Points 3 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (0/0) 28 (2/0)

    Top Performers

    Lorenzen Wright Wright
    Points: 21
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Bonzi Wells Wells
    Points: 34
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0