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Blazers hold off Grizzlies

PORTLAND — Brandon Roy had 24 points, including two key layups in the final minutes, and the Portland Trail Blazers held off the Memphis Grizzlies 94-90 on Wednesday night.

After trailing by 16 points, the Grizzlies went ahead 86-84 with less than 5 minutes to go. But Roy's layup followed by Travis Outlaw's 3-pointer with 2:31 left put the Blazers up 90-86.

Marc Gasol made a pair of free throws for Memphis before Roy had another layup to make it 92-88. Rookie O.J. Mayo's finger-roll narrowed it to 92-90 with 5.4 seconds left. Roy, coming off his second All-Star game appearance, made a pair of free throws for the final margin.

Portland has won eight of its last 11 games and is 21-5 at home.

Grizzlies forward Darius Miles was making his first trip to the Rose Garden since the Blazers waived him at the end of last season. An independent doctor determined that an injury to Miles' knee was career-ending.

Miles nonetheless made a comeback, playing with Boston in the preseason before landing with the Grizzlies. After he played in 10 league games, his $18 million salary over the next two years came back on Portland's books, counting against the salary cap.

Shortly before Miles hit the 10-game plateau, the Blazers sent out a now-infamous e-mail warning of legal action should any team sign him. The Grizzlies ignored the threat and signed Miles for the remainder of the season on Jan. 30.

Miles finished with six points and five rebounds.

The Blazers were without center Greg Oden, who has a bone chip in his left knee cap. The 7-foot rookie center, the top pick in the 2007 draft who missed all of last season after surgery on his right knee, is considered day-to-day.

But Portland saw the return of starting point guard Steve Blake, who had missed 13 of the last 14 games with a separated right shoulder. He finished with seven points.

Miles came into the game with about four minutes gone in the second half, and was loudly booed by the sellout crowd at the Rose Garden. The crowd then cheered when Outlaw blocked Miles' on one end, and got down for a fast break layup on the other to make it 44-32.

The Blazers went up 48-34 on Roy's jumper. But Memphis closed the first half on a 13-3 run, narrowing it to 57-53.

Memphis tied it at 60 early in the second half on Mike Conley's jumper. The Grizzlies kept it close for the rest of the way, and Miles' dunk brought Memphis to within 77-76.

Miles played for the Blazers from 2003-06, but missed the past two seasons after he had microfracture surgery on his knee. The Blazers singed him to a six-year, $48 million deal in 2004.

The game was overshadowed by the rumors that swirled around the two teams as today's trade deadline loomed. Both Portland and Memphis made minor deals on Wednesday.

The Grizzlies traded a conditional second-round draft pick in 2013 to Los Angeles in exchange for veteran center Chris Mihm.

Mihm has appeared in 18 games this season, averaging two points and 1.9 rebounds while playing 4.8 minutes.

The Blazers were involved in a three-way deal with Sacramento and Chicago that sent Portland reserve forward Ike Diogu to the Kings. The Blazers got forward Michael Ruffin from Chicago via Sacramento, and a $3 million trade exception in the deal.

Diogu played in 19 games this season for Portland, averaging 1.4 points and .9 rebounds in 3.8 minutes. Ruffin has not played this season because of injury.

The Grizzlies were coming off a 117-99 loss to the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night, while the Blazers had not played since before the All-Star break.

Notes: Blazers General Manager Kevin Pritchard was not available before the game, leading to speculation a deal was in the works. But Pritchard was in his customary seat next to team owner Paul Allen at gametime. ... Former Blazer Damon Stoudamire is an assistant coach for the Grizzlies under coach Lionel Hollins, also a former Trail Blazer. Hollins' No. 14 jersey hangs from the rafters of the Rose Garden. ... Dennis Dixon, former quarterback for the Oregon Ducks and currently with the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers, sat courtside.