MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Desmond Bane scored 21 factors, Jaren Jackson Jr. added 20 and the Memphis Grizzlies pulled away within the remaining minutes for his or her 11th 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 Cities added 25 factors and 9 rebounds.
The sport was a lot totally different than the final time the groups performed when the Timberwolves received 138-95 on Nov. 20, Memphis’ largest shedding margin of the season. On this one, neither workforce held a double-digit benefit till the Grizzlies led by 10 within the closing seconds.
“It’s all about consideration to particulars,” Minnesota coach Chris Finch stated. “It’s all concerning the small issues. It’s all concerning the profitable performs. … You’re going to be in shut video games, and that’s going to win you video games, and that, proper now, isn’t 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 turn out to be a key function participant, and it wasn’t simply his rebounding towards Minnesota. The third-year guard not solely had an enormous evening on the boards however missed solely one among his seven photographs and was Three of four from exterior the arc.
“He simply does rather a lot on the ground for us,” Morant stated, including of Konchar’s taking pictures “You actually can’t depart him open. He’s only a sparkplug for us off the bench.”
Morant additionally famous that Konchar’s 17 rebounds got here from the guard place. “That’s fairly robust to do,” Morant stated.
However 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 actually bought a lot for you on that one,” Konchar stated when pressed additional about his rebounding. “The ball simply form of leads to my arms.”
Memphis, which struggled within the first half and trailed 60-53 on the break, bought 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 greatest 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.Three seconds remaining.
“We don’t have time to take Ls that we should always have received. Tonight, I undoubtedly really feel we should always have received this sport, and, particularly New Orleans,” Edwards stated, including: “These video games damage once you don’t have every part proper and also you come all the way down to the very finish and you may’t get a rebound to complete 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 towards the imberwolves. “The final time we performed this workforce, they actually 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 quite apparent commentary about Morant when requested what makes the Grizzlies good in these conditions. “He’s actually good at basketball, should you didn’t know that,” Konchar stated.
Timberwolves: Both Cities or Edwards has led Minnesota in scoring in 31 of the workforce’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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