Randolph Leads Grizzlies to 91-78 Win Over Trail Blazers
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Zach Randolph had 26 points and 18 rebounds off the bench, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Trail Blazers 91-78 on Monday night to spoil Damian Lillard's return to the Portland lineup.
Lillard missed seven games for the Blazers because of plantar fasciitis in his left foot. The Blazers went 4-3 while he was out, with CJ McCollum sliding over to point guard.
Lillard looked rusty at the start of his return and the Grizzlies took advantage, leading by as many as 20 early in the fourth quarter.
The Blazers closed the gap to 80-71 after Lillard's 3-pointer with 6:11 left. Meyers Leonard hit another 3 that got the Blazers to 84-76, but Randolph answered with a long jumper and Portland ultimately couldn't catch up.
Lillard back in Trail Blazers' lineup after 7-game absence
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard has returned to the starting lineup Monday night against the Memphis Grizzlies after missing seven games with a sore left foot.
Lillard was averaging 24.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 6.8 assists before he was sidelined with plantar fasciitis. CJ McCollum slid over to point guard during Lillard's absence and the Blazers went 4-3.
Lillard, a two-time All-Star, had not missed a game in his NBA career (275 games) before his injury.