Grizzlies win 11th row and beat Timberwolves 116-108 – WCCO

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Desmond Bane scored 21 points, Jaren Jackson Jr. added 20 and the Memphis Grizzlies withdrew in the final minutes of their 11th win in a row, beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 116-108 Thursday night.

Yes Morant had 16 points, nine assists and eight rebounds, and John Konchar added 15 points and career-best 17 rebounds.

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Anthony Edwards led the Timberwolves by 30 points. D’Angelo Russell had 29 points and six assists, and Karl-Anthony Towns added 25 points and nine rebounds.

The match was very different from the last time the teams played when the Timberwolves won 138-95 on November 20, Memphis’ biggest losing margin of the season. In this one, neither team had a double-digit advantage before the Grizzlies led by 10 in the final seconds.

“It’s about attention to detail,” Minnesota coach Chris Finch said. “It’s about the little things. It’s all about the winning plays. “You’re going to be in close fights, and that’s going to win you fights, and that’s not what we’re doing right now.”

The teams exchanged leads starting with four minutes left. Two free throws by Brandon Clarke (14 points) with 1:47 left gave the Grizzlies the lead forever.

Memphis extended it with a layup by Bane, and Konchar’s 3-pointer with 1:02 left stretched the lead as the Timberwolves were cursed by turnovers down the stretch.

Konchar has become a key player, and it was not just his rebound against Minnesota. The third year guard not only had a great night on the boards, but missed only one of his seven shots and was 3 of 4 off the arc.

“He’s just doing a lot on the floor for us,” Morant said, adding about Konchar’s shooting. “You really can not leave him open. He’s just a spark for us from the bench.”
Morant also noted that Konchar’s 17 rebounds came from the guard position. “It’s pretty hard to do,” Morant said.

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But Konchar could not explain how he snatches as many rebounds in addition to long shots as the 3s taken by Minnesota lead to long rebounds. “I do not really have much for you about it,” Konchar said as he was pressured further about his rebounding. – The ball ends up like in my hands.

Memphis, who had a hard time in the first half and were trailing 60-53 at the break, were untracked in the third quarter as Morant scored 11 points. It was part of the Grizzlies that outscored Minnesota 37-24. It gave Memphis its biggest lead in the game at the time with course in the fourth 90-84.

For the Timberwolves, it was the second time in a row they let a match slip away. They lost 128-125 Tuesday to New Orleans when Brandon Ingram hit a 3-pointer with 1.3 seconds left.

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“We do not have time to take Ls as we should have won. Tonight I certainly feel we should have won this match, and especially New Orleans,” Edwards said, adding: “These matches hurt “when you do not have everything right and you come all the way to the end and you can not get a rebound to end a possession.”


Memphis’ winning streak includes victories over some of the best teams in the league, but memories of a 43-point loss to Minnesota on Nov. 20 were enough for interim coach Darko Rajakovic to put any question of failure against the Imberwolves aside. “The last time we played against this team, they really punked us,” said Rajakovic, who filled out head coach Taylor Jenkins, who is still on health and safety records.


Konchar, who may be low-key in his answers, made a rather obvious observation about Morant when asked what makes Grizzlies good in these situations. “He’s really good at basketball if you did not know,” Konchar said.


Timberwolves: Either Towns or Edwards have led Minnesota to score in 31 of the team’s 42 games. … Minnesota is 2-16 when they are behind after three quarters of an hour. … Jarred Vanderbilt had 13 rebounds.

Grizzlies: F Killian Tillie was added to the health and safety records Thursday afternoon and did not play. … C Steven Adams missed his fourth match under health and safety protocols. … Konchar had 10 rebounds in the first half.


Timberwolves: Host Golden State Sunday night.

Grizzlies: Host Dallas Friday night.

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