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Gasol, Randolph lead Grizzlies past Blazers 109-99

Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (33), of Spain, drives against Portland Trail Blazers center Robin Lopez in the first half of an NBA basketball game on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Marc Gasol scored 19 points, Zach Randolph added 18 points and 12 rebounds and the Memphis Grizzlies solidified their hold on the final Western Conference playoff spot with a 109-99 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night.

Mike Conley added 17 points and Courtney Lee finished with 16, including helping the Grizzlies extend their lead in the third quarter. Mike Miller had 14 for Memphis, which won its third straight.

Damian Lillard led the Trail Blazers with 32 points on 8-of-21 shooting from the field, but connecting on 12 of 13 free throws. LaMarcus Aldridge had 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Nicolas Batum contributed 15 points for Portland, which lost its third straight.

Memphis built its lead to double-digits early in the fourth quarter and Portland cut it under double digits — to nine — on only two occasions the rest of the way.

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