Trail Blazers Score First Home Win Against Grizzlies in Tournament

Blazers Triumph in Tense Overtime Clash with Grizzlies.

by Nouman Rasool
Trail Blazers Score First Home Win Against Grizzlies in Tournament
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In a thrilling display of determination and skill, the Portland Trail Blazers clinched a sensational victory against the Memphis Grizzlies, marking a historic first win at their home ground and in the ongoing In-Season Tournament.

The intense battle, witnessed by an electrifying Moda Center audience of 18,592 on Friday night, culminated in a narrow 115-113 triumph in overtime, launching Portland into the leading position of West Group A. Trail Blazers' head coach Chauncey Billups lauded his team's resilience.

"It was a phenomenal game," Billups declared. "I'm incredibly proud. Despite being significantly behind, nothing deterred us. We stayed united and fought tirelessly." The Blazers, with a three-game winning streak, now boast a 3-3 overall record and stand 1-1 at the Moda Center this season.

The victory propels them to a 1-0 lead in Group A of the In-Season Tournament, with critical matchups against the Jazz, Lakers, and Suns on the horizon before the elimination rounds commence. Shaedon Sharpe, overcoming flu-like symptoms, contributed significantly to the win.

"Securing the win feels amazing," Sharpe commented. "It was a collective effort — everyone played their part and battled fiercely. We performed exceptionally well." The Blazers rebounded from an 18-2 Grizzlies surge in the second quarter, overcoming a 48-37 disadvantage with a robust 17-5 response, edging ahead with a 54-53 halftime lead.

"Our spirit is indomitable," Sharpe added. "We adhere to our game plan, compete vigorously, and maintain focus." Portland's resolve was tested when the Grizzlies surged ahead by 10 late in the fourth quarter, but a determined 12-2 Blazers rally, capped by Sharpe's clutch free throws, pushed the game into overtime at 102-102.

Sharpe also delivered a critical block on Luke Kennard's potential game-winning three-pointer as regulation time expired.

Overtime Victory Sealed

Overtime was a nail-biter with both teams locked in a scoring stalemate until Deandre Ayton's hook shot broke the ice, followed by Sharpe's layup to secure a lead.

The game remained a seesaw battle until Jerami Grant's decisive three-pointer provided Portland with a cushion that ultimately led to their hard-fought victory. Malcolm Brogdon, in his debut start for the Blazers, impressed with 24 points, 10 assists, and three steals over 44 minutes.

Grant's 26 points and eight rebounds were crucial, while Sharpe racked up 22 points and a pivotal block and steal. Ayton continued his strong form, recording another double-double. On the Grizzlies' front, Desmond Bane led the scoring with 33 points, while Jaren Jackson Jr.

achieved a double-double, adding 30 points and 10 rebounds to his team's effort. Despite their contributions, it was Portland's night to shine, celebrating a memorable victory that echoed throughout the Moda Center and across the NBA landscape.

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