Lake Buena Vista (Florida, USA), Jul 31 (EFE) .- Once again, the offensive contribution of shooting guard CJ McCollum, who scored 33 points, and point guard Damian Lillard, who reached 29, were the key that allowed the Portland Trail Blazers to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 140-135, in the first game for both teams in the NBA regular season restart.
McCollum and Lillard also combined with 11 points of the 16 that the Trail Blazers achieved in overtime and that assured them the important victory to fight for eighth place in the Western Conference, the only one that remains undefined to enjoy the playoffs. .
Veteran forward Carmelo Anthony added another 21 points and the Trail Blazers were placed two-and-a-half games behind the Grizzlies, who are eighth in the Western Conference standings.
Anthony, who had his 768th game with at least 20 points, needs three more to join the legendary Wilt Chamberlain for eighth place on the all-time list.
McCollum started on 19 points in the first half of the game, when the Trail Blazers had the biggest advantage of the game, and then had a decisive triple in overtime, which gave the Portland team the definitive advantage.
Now McCollum, who finished the game with three triples, reached 1,000 as a professional and joined Lillard as the only two players in the history of the Trail Blazers to have made it.
The presence of the tall men, the Bosnian center Jusuf Nurkic and the power forward Zach Collins, recovered from their injuries, both starters with the Trail Blazers, was immediately felt by contributing a combination of 25 points, 18 rebounds, eight assists , three ball recoveries and six blocks.
Nursic was close to a double-double with 18 points, nine rebounds, five assists, two balls and six blocks for Grizzlies players.
Power forward Jaren Jackson Jr. with 33 points and rookie guard Ja Morant, who contributed a double-double of 22 points, 11 assists and five rebounds, were the leaders of the Grizzlies, who traced a 13-point deficit to force the extension.
The game had anything but a good game as evidenced by the 36 personal fouls that the umpires pointed out to the Portland team with 50 free throws by the Grizzlies who also received 26 fouls.
Both teams combined for five technical fouls, something that the players themselves at the end of the game recognized was not the best example of sport they could give or behavior on the field.
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