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Free-agents Stokes, Gutierrez lead the way, along with draft pick Swanigan, as Portland rallies to beat Memphis

The Trail Blazers continued their Cinderella ride in the Las Vegas Summer League with an 87-82 victory over Memphis on Sunday.

Portland rallied from a 19-point second-quarter deficit to beat Memphis and earn a spot in Monday's 7 p.m. championship game against the Los Angeles Lakers, who defeated Dallas 108-98 in the second semifinal.

The Blazers, who entered the playoffs as the 16th and last seed, have knocked off No. 1-seeded Toronto and an undefeated Memphis team on their way to the finals.

Free-agent forward Jarnell Stokes, who wasn't even on Portland's roster during its training camp last week, collected 22 points and 15 rebounds — eight off the offensive glass — to lead the Blazers to victory. The 6-8, 260-pound Stokes was 9 for 14 from the field.

First-round draft pick Caleb Swanigan added 15 points and 11 boards for Portland, which won the rebound battle 41-29 and prevailed despite 22 turnovers — 15 of them in the first half.

Free-agent guard Jorge Gutierrez contributed 16 points, eight assists and five rebounds for the Blazers, who trailed 41-22 midway through the second quarter.

But Portland ended the first half on a 16-4 run to cut the difference to 45-38, then outscored Memphis 19-8 to start the third quarter and mount a 57-53 advantage.

Former Oregon Ducks small forward Dillon Brooks, a second-round draft pick, came off the bench to score 12 of his team-high 16 points in the fourth quarter for the Grizzlies.

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