MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Desmond Bane scored 21 factors, Jaren Jackson Jr. added 20 and the Memphis Grizzlies pulled away within the closing minutes for his or her eleventh straight victory, beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 116-108 on Thursday evening.
Ja Morant had 16 factors, 9 assists and eight rebounds, and John Konchar added 15 factors and a career-best 17 rebounds.
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Anthony Edwards led the Timberwolves with 30 factors. D’Angelo Russell had 29 factors and 6 assists, and Karl-Anthony Towns added 25 factors and 9 rebounds.
The sport was a lot completely different than the final time the groups performed when the Timberwolves received 138-95 on Nov. 20, Memphis’ largest shedding margin of the season. In this one, neither group held a double-digit benefit till the Grizzlies led by 10 within the closing seconds.
“It’s all about attention to details,” Minnesota coach Chris Finch stated. “It’s all about the small things. It’s all about the winning plays. … You’re going to be in close games, and that’s going to win you games, and that, right now, is not what we’re doing.”
The groups exchanged leads starting with 4 minutes left. Two free throws by Brandon Clarke (14 factors) with 1:47 remaining gave the Grizzlies the lead for good.
Memphis prolonged it with a layup by Bane, and Konchar’s 3-pointer with 1:02 left stretched the lead because the Timberwolves had been cursed by turnovers down the stretch.
Konchar has grow to be a key position participant, and it wasn’t simply his rebounding in opposition to Minnesota. The third-year guard not solely had an enormous evening on the boards however missed solely considered one of his seven photographs and was 3 of 4 from outdoors the arc.
“He just does a lot on the floor for us,” Morant stated, including of Konchar’s taking pictures “You really can’t leave him open. He’s just a sparkplug for us off the bench.”
Morant additionally famous that Konchar’s 17 rebounds got here from the guard place. “That’s pretty tough to do,” Morant stated.
But Konchar couldn’t clarify how he grabs so many rebounds aside from lengthy photographs just like the 3s taken by Minnesota result in lengthy rebounds. “I don’t really got much for you on that one,” Konchar stated when pressed additional about his rebounding. “The ball just kind of ends up in my hands.”
Memphis, which struggled within the first half and trailed 60-53 on the break, acquired untracked within the third quarter as Morant scored 11 factors. That was a part of the Grizzlies outscoring Minnesota 37-24. That gave Memphis its largest lead of the sport at that time headed into the fourth 90-84.
For the Timberwolves it was the second straight time they let a sport slip away. They misplaced 128-125 on Tuesday to New Orleans when Brandon Ingram hit a 3-pointer with 1.3 seconds remaining.
“We don’t have time to take Ls that we should have won. Tonight, I definitely feel we should have won this game, and, especially New Orleans,” Edwards stated, including: “These games hurt when you don’t have everything right and you come down to the very end and you can’t get a rebound to finish a possession.”
Memphis’ profitable streak contains wins over a number of the greatest groups within the league, however the recollections of a 43-point loss to Minnesota on Nov. 20 was sufficient for interim coach Darko Rajakovic to place apart any query of letdown in opposition to the imberwolves. “The last time we played this team, they really punked us,” stated Rajakovic, who was filling in for head coach Taylor Jenkins who remains to be in well being and security protocols.
Konchar, who could be low-key in his solutions, made a somewhat apparent remark about Morant when requested what makes the Grizzlies good in these conditions. “He’s really good at basketball, if you didn’t know that,” Konchar stated.
Timberwolves: Either Towns or Edwards has led Minnesota in scoring in 31 of the group’s 42 video games. … Minnesota is 2-16 when trailing after three quarters. … Jarred Vanderbilt had 13 rebounds.
Grizzlies: F Killian Tillie was added to the well being and security protocols Thursday afternoon and didn’t play. … C Steven Adams missed his fourth sport underneath well being and security protocols. … Konchar had 10 rebounds within the first half.
Timberwolves: Host Golden State on Sunday evening.
Grizzlies: Host Dallas on Friday evening.
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