Trail Blazers vs Grizzlies Tuesday, 04/12/11 AT 07:00PM

Trail Blazers 102, Grizzlies 89: Post-Game Notes

04/12/11
  1. Written by: caseyholdahl  / avg. rating: 4.5

    -- The Trail Blazers have now sold out 156 straight games at the Rose Garden (including regular season and playoffs), dating back to Dec. 21, 2007 … Entering tonight Portland was second in the NBA in average home attendance (20,507).

    -- Nate McMillan is now over .500 (246-245) as a head coach with the Trail Blazers for the first time in his career … McMillan is 152-93 in his last three seasons with Portland.

    -- The Trail Blazers are now a season-best 15 games over .500 with a record of 48-33, which is two games behind their 81-game record from last season (50-31) when Portland went on to win 50 games and claim the sixth seed in the Western Conference Playoffs.

    -- With the win Portland clinches the sixth seed in the Western Conference Playoffs for the second straight season … Portland also claims the season series from Memphis (2-1) … Portland has now won 11 of the last 14 matches with the Grizzlies … Memphis last took a season series from Portland in 2005-06 (2-1).

    -- LaMarcus Aldridge scored 22 points and pulled down 11 rebounds for his fourth straight double-double … Aldridge is averaging 23.8 points (52.1 FG%) and 9.2 rebounds since Dec. 15 (56 games).

    -- Portland shot 21-for-23 (91.3%) from the foul line compared to a 11-of-18 (61.1%) showing by Memphis … The Trail Blazers are shooting 89.4 percent (118-132) from the free throw line in six games in April.

    -- Rudy Fernandez led all bench players with 18 points (5-6 FG) on 4-for-5 shooting from beyond the arc … The last time Fernandez scored at least 18 points was Feb. 25 vs. Denver (18), which was also the last time he hit at least four shots from downtown (4).

    -- Nicolas Batum scored 10 of his 16 points in the third quarter to go with five rebounds and two blocks … Batum has scored at least 13 points in each of his last six games.

    -- The Trail Blazers had 11 turnovers compared to 15 miscues by Memphis …Entering the game, Portland ranked first in the NBA in turnovers per game (13.0) … The Trail Blazers also ranked second in the league in turnover differential (-2.76) coming into tonight, trailing only Memphis in that category (-2.87).

    -- Portland collected nine steals while Memphis notched three swipes … Entering the game, the Grizzlies led the league in steals per game (9.50), with the Trail Blazers ranking fifth in the NBA (8.06).

    -- Mike Conley led Memphis with 17 points (8-13 FG), and Marc Gasol notched a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Grizzlies … Hamed Haddadi tied a career high with 10 rebounds for Memphis.

    -- Both teams shot 50.0 percent from 3-point range (Portland 9-18, Memphis 6-12).

    -- Earl Barron scored two points in his Trail Blazers debut … Barron was signed by Portland earlier in the day.

    -- Portland will take on Golden State while Memphis travels to Los Angeles to face the Clippers tomorrow … Every team in the NBA will play in the final day of the regular season tomorrow for the first time since 1956-57, when the league consisted of only eight teams (Elias).

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