Monday night, the Grizzlies defeated the Timberwolves for the second time in three days by a score of 123-104. Here’s how it went down:
The Grizzlies didn’t waste any time getting into rhythm, starting off the game with an effortless 10-2 run. Kyle Anderson was a pleasant standout, finishing the quarter strong offensively. Combining the Grizzlies’ 57.7% shooting with the Timberwolves visible lack of effort and flow, the Grizzlies led after the first by a score of 36-22.
Though there were sloppy moments, overall the Grizz continued to play with a comfort and ease that reflects their growing chemistry due to minimal off-season changes. The Grizzlies had a small stretch of missed shots and turnovers in the last few minutes, but all was forgiven when Ja Morant ended the quarter a dunk so vicious even 7-foot-giant Karl-Anthony Towns stepped out of the way. The Timberwolves and Grizzlies tied the quarter with 28 a piece.
The Grizzlies had a dominant quarter containing efficiency and ball movement. A few cool things from this quarter: Ja scored 11 points. Grayson Allen hit his 4th three of the game with ease. Six guys were already in double figures. The three main Grizzlies from the Bubble - Jonas Valanciunas (18 points) and Ja Morant and and Dillon Brooks (17 each) led the way, while Memphis forced turnover after turnover.
This quarter was pretty nondescript. DeAnthony Melton and Dillon Brooks continued to show the strides in shooting efficiency that were introduced in Saturday’s game. The Grizzlies secured a big enough lead to where Taylor Jenkins was able to unleash some of the end-of-the-roster guys.
All in all, the Grizzlies played good team ball and were able to cruise into another win against an apparently lifeless Timberwolves team. Memphis is back in action Thursday at home in FedExForum to take on the Atlanta Hawks. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 PM CT.