Marc Gasol scored 26 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and made four three-point shots to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 100-87 road win against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday.
Mike Conley added 18 points and eight assists for the Grizzlies, who have won five of six and snapped Minnesota’s own three-game winning streak that followed the Jimmy Butler trade to Philadelphia.
The game broke open in the third quarter as the Grizzlies capitalised on an error-strewn night from the home side – they had 20 turnovers on the night – and outscored their opponents 28-19.
- Points: Marc Gasol – 26
- Assists: Mike Conley – 8
- Rebounds: Marc Gasol – 13
- Points: Derrick Rose – 18
- Assists: Andrew Wiggins – 4
- Rebounds: Karl-Anthony Towns – 20
Derrick Rose kept the Timberwolves in the game, scoring 18 off the bench, while Dario Saric also gave Minnesota a lift off the bench with 14 points.
A telling sign that it just wasn’t the Timberwolves’ day was when, with time running out late in the fourth, Garrett Temple threw up a three-point attempt from 30 feet and hit nothing but net to give Memphis a 96-83 lead.
Another sign was Gasol sinking a corner three midway through the third to give the Grizzlies a double-digit lead at 66-54. Minnesota are yet to win a game this season when they have trailed by more than nine.
- Memphis Grizzlies 100-87 Minnesota Timberwolves
- LA Lakers 113-97 Miami Heat
- NY Knicks 117-131 Orlando Magic
- Portland Trail Blazers 119-109 Washington Wizards
- Golden State Warriors 92-104 San Antonio Spurs
They did cut the deficit to eight midway through the fourth and when Robert Covington forced the ball off Conley’s knee, it appeared Minnesota would have a chance to creep even closer.
But a missed call allowed the Grizzlies to keep the ball and Gasol made a crucial three to make the score 81-69.
Saric answered to cut the lead to 10 but Gasol could not be stopped as the big man sank another three to resist Minnesota’s attempted fightback.
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