Grizzlies dominate Timberwolves for 11th consecutive win


November 20, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States; Memphis Grizzlies forward Desmond Bane (22) sidesteps Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jarred Vanderbilt (8) in the third quarter at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Desmond Bane scored 21 points and Jaren Jackson Jr. added 20 points and five blocks to take the expanding Memphis Grizzlies to a 116-108 victory over the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday.

John Konchar had 15 points and 17 rebounds and Brandon Clarke added 14 and eight as the Grizzlies extended their best-game winning streak to 11 games. Memphis, who have won 21 of their last 25 games, also avenged a 138-95 bombing at the hands of Minnesota on November 20.

Ja Morant recorded 16 points, nine assists and eight rebounds despite an apparent back injury. He left the game after committing his third foul at the end of the second quarter, but came back to start the third.

Anthony Edwards scored 30 points and D’Angelo Russell scored six 3-pointers to highlight his 29-point performance for the Timberwolves, who have lost two in a row.

Edwards picked up where he left off after scoring 20 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter of Minnesota’s 128-125 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday. He had five 3-pointers and seven free throws on Thursday.

Karl-Anthony Towns added 25 points and nine rebounds for the Timberwolves.

Clarke made a pair of free throws and Bane called with a bucket to give Memphis a 109-106 lead with 1:32 remaining in the fourth quarter. Konchar doubled the advantage with a 3-pointer on the Grizzlies’ next possession before Bane sealed the win on the free throw line.

Jackson drained a 3-point pointer to give Memphis a 98-90 lead before Minnesota quickly responded. Russell sank a jumper before joining Towns in converting across the arc to forge a tie.

Memphis overcame a seven-point halftime deficit scoring 37 points in the third quarter to secure a 90-84 lead.

In the first quarter, Russell rushed out of the blocks with a layup, long jumper and 3-point pointer to give Minnesota an early 10-2 lead. Russell converted over the arc to push the Timberwolves advantage to 31-22 before Konchar responded with his own 3-point pointer.

–Field level media

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