“Next man up” continues to be the motto for the Memphis Grizzlies, as they found a way to rally to a 118-107 victory on the road against the Minnesota Timberwolves. They are now on a three-game winning streak and are tied for 10th in the Western Conference at 5-6. Jonas Valanciunas paced the Grizzlies with his most dominant performance of the season, totaling 24 points and 16 rebounds against a hapless Minnesota frontline. The Grizzlies set a new franchise record with 80 paint points.
The first half was mostly a back-and forth affair, as the Timberwolves managed to take a 59-57 lead into the break. They would lead by as many as 12 in the third quarter and took a 10-point lead going into the fourth. However, the wheels fell off for Minnesota in the final frame as the Grizzlies went on a 24-4 run and led by as many as 11.
While the Wolves stars managed to score in bunches (Karl-Anthony Towns, DeAngelo Russell, and Malik Beasley combined for 78), the Grizzlies’ defense continued to be excellent, as they held the Wolves to 42% shooting and 24% shooting from three.
Grayson Allen had his best game of the season, scoring 20 points on 6-10 shooting. Brandon Clarke put together another superb performance, finishing with 19 points and 9 rebounds. De’Anthony Melton totaled 15 points and 4 assists, and Xavier Tillman had his best game as a professional, putting together a splendid 12 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals performance.
The Grizzlies will play the Wolves again in Minnesota on Friday at 7.