Memphis, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Love poured in a game-high 30 points
and had nine rebounds to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 101-93 win over
the Memphis Grizzlies.
Nikola Pekovic scored 19 points, J.J. Barea had 15 and Ricky Rubio added 12
for Minnesota, which will travel to Boston to face the Celtics Monday.
"I can't (remember winning in Memphis). It's been a long time, if ever, that
we've won in Memphis. It's a very tough place to play," said Love.
Mike Conley netted 28 points and Zach Randolph had 20 points and 12 rebounds
for the Grizzlies, who have lost five of their last six games.
"Obviously, we want to hang our hat on the defensive end. These last couple of
games we haven't been doing that," said Grizzlies guard Tony Allen.
As the fourth quarter began the two teams traded baskets during the first
2:16 and the Grizzlies were within two points until an Alexey Shved layup
sparked a Minnesota 9-2 surge.
Memphis was within three points, 95-92, with 2:26 to play, after a Randolph
layup. Pekovic then nailed four straight from the charity stripe to put
Minnesota back up seven and put the game out of reach.
Memphis started the third quarter down 10 points but refused to let the lead
expand beyond that many. With 6:52 left in the third the Grizzlies went on a
8-2 run to get within three points, 67-64.
The teams went back and forth to close out the third and Minnesota led, 77-73,
heading into the final quarter of play.
Minnesota expanded its lead by starting a 9-2 run 1:46 into the second
quarter. The Timberwolves stretched the lead to as many as 19 points before
Memphis went on a 15-6 surge to close out the half and get back within 10
points, 56-46 Minnesota.
A Love 3-pointer with 9:22 left in the first quarter sparked a 17-4
outburst. The run gave Minnesota its first lead of the game, 7-6, which they
held all the way to halftime.
The Timberwolves led 21-10 following the run. The Grizzlies tried to chip away
at the lead but ended the first down 11.
Corey Brewer scored nine points and had 12 rebounds for Minnesota ... Jon
Leuer drained 15 and grabbed nine rebounds and Jerryd Bayless added 14 points
for the Grizzlies ... Memphis will host the Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday ... The
Grizzlies have lost 8-of-10 at FedEx Forum ... Minnesota is 9-2 when Rubio
scores 12 points or more.
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