Kevin Garnett says an "unusual practice" led to some unselfish play by the Minnesota Timberwolves in their last outing. Whether that will translate into improvement on the road, however, remains uncertain.

After ending a skid with their largest margin of victory this season, the Timberwolves look to snap a three-game road losing streak when they face the lowly Memphis Grizzlies on Friday.

Garnett had 17 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists, and Minnesota (23-26) snapped a four-game losing streak by recording a season-high 38 assists to beat Golden State 121-93 on Wednesday night.

Garnett, who picked up his 17th career triple-double, passed the credit to Timberwolves coach Randy Wittman's different approach to practice Tuesday.

"It wasn't easy on our legs and I anticipate ... that's the way we're going to have to do it from here on out," Garnett said.

Minnesota now heads out on the road, where it has lost three straight and seven of eight, averaging 93.1 points per game.

The Timberwolves' 28-point victory Wednesday came after a 105-77 loss at Houston on Monday night.

"You go through tough situations and you learn from them," Wittman said.

Wittman sat Ricky Davis and Mike James in the second half of Monday's loss, when they combined for 13 points on 5-of-13 shooting and committed seven turnovers. The guards responded well against the Warriors, though, as Davis scored 26 points on 10-for-14 shooting and James finished with eight points and nine assists.

"You don't see that (38 assists) every day," Wittman said.

Davis is averaging 31.0 points in his last two games against the Grizzlies (12-38). He had 27 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in a 116-110 win over Memphis on Jan. 12 in the teams' first meeting this season. Garnett had 28 points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots in that contest.

Memphis has lost four straight and six of seven, allowing 112.3 points per game. The Grizzlies' latest defeat was 113-97 at Dallas on Wednesday night.

One season after being swept by the Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs, Memphis is 28 1/2 games behind them in the Southwest Division and has the NBA's worst record.

After being down 65-45 at halftime Wednesday, the Grizzlies got within seven points midway through the third quarter against one of the league's top teams.

"It was good to get a moral victory in that we came back a little bit and were right there, but at the end of the day, it's still a loss," Grizzlies guard Will Conroy said.

Conroy saw his most extensive action of the season, playing over 11 minutes in his fourth game since signing a 10-day contract on Jan. 30.

"I have to be stable and press the ball up the court and press the other team's point guard and try to make something happen, go to the glass, try to get a rebound and just try to help the team anyway I can," he said.

Pau Gasol had 29 points but also had nine of his team's 22 turnovers. He is averaging 29.7 points, 10.3 rebounds and 4.0 blocked shots while shooting 55 percent from the field in his last three games.


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