With a productive third quarter, Damian Lillard started to discover a groove once more.

Lillard, who has struggled to open the season, had 20 factors and 10 assists in Portland’s 116-96 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night time.

Eleven of these factors got here within the third quarter, when the Trail Blazers outscored Memphis 36-20. It nonetheless wasn’t his greatest taking pictures night time, however Lillard stated issues began to fall into place.

“You just want to see the ball go in. When you’re missing shots, rattling in and out, and the ball is rolling off the rim, I think the easy thing to do is be like `I don’t have it going,’ and just go away from it and keep passing it,” he stated. “But when you’re in a stretch like I am shooting the ball, I think it’s important to jump into it, to get more aggressive and get yourself out of it.”

CJ McCollum led the Blazers with 25 factors and Anfernee Simons added 17 factors off the bench.

Desmond Bane had 19 factors for the Grizzlies, who trailed by as many as 26 factors of their second straight loss.

Portland held Ja Morant to a season-low 17 factors. Morant had averaged 35 factors and eight assists by means of the Grizzlies’ first three video games this season.

“I feel like we let our offensive struggles affect us on the other end of the floor,” Morant stated. “It was missing assignments, really wasn’t locked into the game plan too much. We just let mistakes turn into more mistakes and they got hot and won the game. “

The Blazers have been seeking to rebound after a 116-86 loss on the Clippers on Monday night time, which new Portland coach Chauncey Billups stated was “embarrassing.”

Lillard had scoring simply 17 factors per recreation by means of the primary three video games after averaging greater than 28 factors final season. He’d made simply two of 24 makes an attempt from 3-point vary. Lillard was 4 for 11 Wednesday.

Billups stated he is not involved about his All-Star guard, complimenting his flooring recreation and his protection.

“I just feel he’s getting really good looks that we’re accustomed to seeing him make,” stated Billups, who sat his starters with simply over 5 minutes left and the Blazers up 107-81.

It was the third of a four-game street journey for Memphis, which was coming off a 121-118 loss on the Lakers on Sunday. Morant had 40 factors and 10 assists within the loss.

Morant was scoreless in opposition to the Blazers till 5:44 left within the second quarter, when he hit a 3-pointer. He completed with 10 assists and 9 rebounds. He additionally had a career-high 9 turnovers.

The Grizzlies led by as many as eight factors within the opening half. McCollum’s jumper closed the hole to 57-51 going into halftime.

The Blazers rallied within the third, pulling forward 68-62 on McCollum’s jumper. Simons’ 3-pointer capped an 18-3 run to offer Portland a 76-68 lead.

“No team has ever won the championship through four games, so sitting at 2-2 puts us in a good position to build on it,” Portland’s Larry Nance Jr. stated. “I’m just glad we bounced back from the stinker in L.A.”

It was the primary of 4 video games between the groups this season.

TIP INS(*25*)

Grizzlies: Memphis went 2-1 in opposition to the Blazers final season. … Guard Dillon Brooks, who performed on the University of Oregon, stays out with a fracture in his left hand. … Bane led all gamers on the break with 15 factors.

Trail Blazers: After 30 turnovers in opposition to the Clippers, most of any group since 2004, the Blazers had 13 in opposition to Memphis. … McCollum moved previous Jerome Kersey for sixth on the Blazers’ profession scoring listing.

UP NEXT(*25*)

Grizzlies: Conclude their street journey on Thursday night time at Golden State.

Trail Blazers: Host the Clippers on Friday night time.