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Desmond Bane leads the Grizzlies to their first victory

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Memphis Grizzlies guard Desmond Bane, left, drives to the basket against Portland Path Blazers guard Shaedon Sharpe, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., on Sunday November 5, 2023. (AP Photo/Steve Digues)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Desmond Bane scored 30 points and the Memphis Grizzlies won their first game of the season, rallying late to beat the Portland Path Blazers 112-100 on Sunday night.

Jaren Jackson Jr. added 27 points for the Grizzlies, who opened the season with six straight losses, the most since the 2002-03 season when the team opened 0-13.

Jerami Grant led the Blazers with 27 points. This defeat ends a streak of three consecutive games.

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The Blazers led 86-62 heading into the final quarter, but were hurt when Robert Williams III was knocked down under the Grizzlies basket and limped back. He attempted to play, but left the field and headed straight to the locker room.

Memphis went on a 9-0 run to get within 98-95 with 5:26 left, then tied it at 100 on Jackson’s dunk. He scored again to put the Grizzlies in front and they led the rest of the game.

Shaedon Sharpe added 18 points and eight rebounds for the Blazers, while Malcolm Brogdon had his second straight double-double with 18 points and 11 assists.

Portland was without rookie guard Scoot Henderson for the second straight game due to a sprained ankle. The Blazers were already missing guard Anfernee Simons due to a torn ligament in her right thumb.

Bismack Biyombo, signed by Memphis on Wednesday, made a very brief debut for the Grizzlies on Friday before starting on Sunday. He got into trouble, picking up his fifth in the third quarter and went to the bench. A 12-year NBA veteran, Biyombo played for the Suns the previous two seasons.

Santi Aldama made his first appearance of the season for Memphis after missing the first six games of the group with a sprained right ankle. Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins said Aldama’s minutes could be limited.

Portland led by as many as 11 points earlier, but Memphis rallied on Luke Kennard’s three-pointer to bring the Grizzlies within 32-30 at the end of the first quarter.

David Roddy’s jumper tied it at 40 and the Grizzlies took the lead on Bane’s floater. Jackson finished the half with a three-pointer to give the Grizzlies a 63-55 lead.

Grant made three straight 3-pointers during an 11-4 Portland run to start the second half and pull within 67-66. Bane went on a private 8-0 run to increase Memphis’ lead once again.

The Grizzlies stayed ahead until Skylar Mays’ three-pointer gave Portland an 81-80 lead with just over two minutes left in the quarter.

The Blazers beat the Grizzlies 115-113 in overtime Friday night in both teams’ first game of the NBA’s new season matchup.

FOLLOWING

Grizzlies: Host the Miami Warmth on Wednesday.

Path Blazers: Visit the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday to kick off a three-game road trip.

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