Chandler Parsons was declared out tonight, as well as Tony Allen. So Coach Fizdale had to tweak his starting lineup. Andrew Harrison and James Ennis were Memphis’ starting wings.
In the first quarter, the Timberwolves jumped out to a quick 9-0 lead before Coach Fizdale called timeout to regroup his team. Afterwards, Minnesota continued to roll with a 16-1 lead. Memphis caught fire from beyond the arc and made 6 threes in the quarter, finally seeming to get into a rhythm.
Wade Baldwin heated up in the second and ended up with 7 points on the night. Memphis tied it up 45-45 with less than five minutes left in the half. But by the end of the quarter, Memphis trailed Minnesota 50-59.
Memphis pulled within 1 at the beginning of the second half and the Grizzlies gained a 66-61 lead after a sweet James Ennis dunk (he had 15 points total). JaMychal Green hit back-to-back threes in the quarter and had a solid showing with 8 points in the third quarter.
Down the stretch, Zach Randolph made a big impact. Z-Bo contributed 19 points and 11 rebounds for yet another double-double. For the Timberwolves, Andrew Wiggins led the way with 23 points.
Memphis had a slim 1 point lead with less than a minute to go, and Gasol extended their lead to 3 after Wiggins missed two crucial free throws. Conley sealed the win with another bucket, and Memphis pulled out the opening night win, 102-98.