The Portland Trail Blazers won a key qualifying game against the Memphis Grizzlies. Phoenix’s easy success against Washington. In the fight for the last qualifying place in the West, the Memphis Grizzlies, current 8th, and the Portland Trail Blazers, 9th, offered a great battle on Friday in Orlando, with spectacle and suspense since it took a extension to decide between them. In the end, Portland won 140-135 and returned to the standings over the Grizzlies (2.5 wins behind) who are now under pressure for the rest of the ranking matches. The young Memphis players tried everything to snatch this precious victory, second-year inside Jaren Jackson Jr in the lead (33 points), followed closely by the two rookies Ja Morant (22 points, 11 assists) and Brandon Clarke ( 21 points), author of the equalizer basket twelve seconds from the end of regulation time. He responded to a Carmelo Anthony who was decisive for Portland late in the game with two three-pointers in the final two minutes to put his team back in front each time. He also scored the two free throws that sealed the victory in the last minute of extra time and finished with 21 points. As always, the Trail Blazers’ pair of backs drove the team with 33 points for CJ McCollum and 29 for Damian Lillard and eleven of Portland’s sixteen points in overtime. Portland will try to confirm this success against the Boston Celtics on Sunday. 6 This is the sixth time this season that Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum and Carmelo Anthony have all scored more than 20 points in a game. Portland is undefeated in this case: 6 wins, 0 losses. In the last game of the afternoon, the Phoenix Suns preserved their chances of qualifying in the West by winning against the Washington Wizards (125-112). The Suns relied on their duo of young stars. Fullback Devin Booker scored 25 points, delivered 4 assists and took 5 rebounds while pivot Deandre Ayton made a double-double (24 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks). The difference was made in the first half in which Phoenix scored 67 points (67-52). Washington will play a decisive match for its future on Sunday against the Brooklyn Nets, current last qualified in the East.