Grizzlies denied season sweep of the Blazers


Portland Trail Blazers’ CJ McCollum, center, drives between Memphis Grizzlies’ defenders Kyle Anderson (1), De’Anthony Melton (0) and Jonas Valanciunas (17) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 28, 2021, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

MEMPHIS — CJ McCollum had 26 points and six assists, and Norman Powell added 24 points, helping the Portland Trail Blazers solidify their hold on seventh place in the West with a 130-109 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.

Damian Lillard finished with 23 points and Carmelo Anthony scored 18 as Portland moved two games ahead of Memphis and San Antonio, which lost 116-111 at Miami.

Jonas Valancuinas led Memphis with 19 points, and Dillon Brooks had 18. Jaren Jackson Jr. scored 13 points and Ja Morant added 10 points and eight assists, but was 3 of 11 from the field as the Grizzlies lost their second straight.

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