Blazers will play for Las Vegas Summer League title
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.