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In overtime opener, Grizzlies can’t survive Trail Blazers

Friday’s restart opener gave the Memphis Grizzlies all they could handle.

In fact, it was more than they could handle.

Memphis (32-34) fell 140-135 in overtime to the Portland Trail Blazers (30-37) Friday, dropping the opening game of its Orlando bubble schedule.

“Win or lose, we’ve got to keep focused on the next task at hand,” Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins said, via the Associated Press. “That was a challenge. It was a heck of a game.”

Jaren Jackson Jr. led Memphis with 33 points, while Ja Morant scored 22. Morant also recorded 11 assists.

CJ McCollum paced the Trail Blazers with 33 points. Damian Lillard, who leads Portland in scoring for the season, tallied 29.

Portland led 35-30 at the end of the first quarter, then went out to a 68-60 advantage by halftime. But a 36-point third quarter helped Memphis on its way to tie to the game at 124 and send it into overtime.

The Grizzlies’ efforts ultimately weren’t enough, though, to down the Trail Blazers, who locked the game up with strong 3-point shooting in the extra period to seal their win.

The Grizzlies will face the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday, still fighting to clinch a playoff berth in Jenkins’s first season at the helm. The game will tip off at 4 p.m. EST.

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