MINNEAPOLIS, April 19 (Ticker)
-- The Memphis Grizzlies continued their
impressive play heading into the postseason.
had 18 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists and
added 10 points and 12 rebounds as the
Grizzlies edged out a 102-92 double-overtime triumph over the
Minnesota Timberwolves in the regular-season finale for both
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Memphis held a 87-85 edge with 3:48 remaining in the second
overtime before Cardinal and Roberts combined for all the
scoring in closing 15-7 surge.
"I'm proud of the efforts from our guys," Memphis coach Mike Fratello
said. "They hung in there and the group that was on the
floor to finish the game did a really good job for us. I'm
really happy for Brian. He made huge shots for us."
The Grizzlies (49-33), who are the fifth seed in the Western
Conference, rested most of their starters in preparation of
Dallas(60-22) in the opening round of the playoffs. Memphis
lost three of four meetings to Dallas during the regular season.
"We have played well in April (8-1)," Memphis swingman Shane Battier
said. "That hasn't been the case in the last two years.
The main focus has been to play well and go into the playoffs
with some momentum. Obviously, Dallas is playing good as well.
It's a big challenge, but it's a challenge that should be fun."
, rookie Anthony Roberson
and Dahntay Jones
combined to score 37 points off the bench for Memphis, which
shot 44 percent (41-of-92) from the field and made 8-of-11
Rookie Bracey Wright
scored 19 points while Eddie Griffin
collected 17 points and 15 rebounds for the Timberwolves
(33-49), who shot 35 percent (34-of-97).
"It's definitely a relief that it's over," Griffin said. "It's
been a long season for us, with ups and downs. But we're going
to put it behind us now and we've got to try and be a better