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Grizzlies take 11th place in a row behind Desmond Bane’s 21 points


Desmond Bane scored 21 points, Jaren Jackson Jr. added 20 and the Memphis Grizzlies retired in the dying minutes for their 11th straight victory, beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 116-108 on Thursday night.

Ja Morant had 16 points, nine assists and eight rebounds, and John Konchar added 15 points and 17 rebounds, his career best record.

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

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

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Minnesota Timberwolves goalie D’Angelo Russell (0) handles the ball against Memphis Grizzlies goalie Desmond Bane (22) in the second half of an NBA basketball game on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, in Memphis, Tenn.
(AP Photo / Brandon Dill)

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

The teams traded their leads four minutes from time. Two free throws from Brandon Clarke (14 points) 1:47 left gave the Grizzlies the lead for good. Memphis extended it with a layup from Bane, and Konchar’s 3-point pointer with 1:02 left extended the lead as the Timberwolves were cursed with turnovers down the stretch.

Konchar became a key player, and it wasn’t just his rebound against Minnesota. The third-year goaltender not only had a big night on the boards, but only missed one of his seven shots and finished 3 of 4 from outside the arc.

“He just does a lot of things on the ground for us,” Morant said, adding of Konchar’s shot. “You really can’t leave it open. He’s just a spark plug for us on the bench. . “

Morant also noted that Konchar’s 17 rebounds came from the guard position. “It’s pretty hard to do,” Morant said.

But Konchar couldn’t explain how he caught so many rebounds other than long shots as the 3s taken by Minnesota lead to long rebounds. “I don’t really have much for you on this one,” Konchar said when he insisted more on his rebound. “The ball sort of ends up in my hands.”

Memphis, who struggled in the first half and trailed 60-53 at the break, was not called in the third quarter as Morant scored 11 points. It was part of the Grizzlies who outscored Minnesota 37-24. This gave Memphis their biggest lead of the game at that point before the fourth 90-84.

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

“We don’t have time to take L’s that we should have won. Tonight I really think we should have won this game, and especially New Orleans,” Edwards said, adding: “These games make bad when you don’t have everything going well and you get to the end and you can’t get a rebound to complete a possession. “

DO NOT FORGET

Memphis’ winning streak includes wins against some of the league’s top teams, but memories of a 43-point loss to Minnesota on November 20 were enough for interim coach Darko Rajakovic to put any questions aside. of disappointment against the imberwolves. “The last time we played against this team they really punked us,” said Rajakovic, who was replacing head coach Taylor Jenkins, who is still in health and safety protocols.

LAST WORD

Konchar, who can be understated in his responses, made a pretty obvious observation about Morant when asked what makes the Grizzlies good in these situations. “He’s really good at basketball, if you didn’t know that,” Konchar said.

ADVICE

Timberwolves: Towns or Edwards led Minnesota in scoring in 31 of the team’s 42 games. … Minnesota are 2-16 when down after three quarters. … Jarred Vanderbilt took 13 rebounds.

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

FOLLOWING:

Timberwolves: Host Golden State Sunday night.

Grizzlies: Host Dallas on Friday night.


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