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Memphis Grizzlies Postgame Report
Postgame Report

Postgame Report: Grizzlies stride to 120-108 victory over Timberwolves

by Memphis Grizzlies

Key Stat of the Night

  • Nine different Grizzlies players connected on a 3-point field goal, led by Grayson Allen's five and De'Anthony Melton's four.

Key Run of the Night

  • Memphis ripped off a 35-9 run between the end of Q3 into Q4 over 9:18 of play, highlighted by three triple’s from De'Anthony Melton, to extend the Grizzlies' lead to 25 points (115-90) with 5:42 remaining in the game. The Timberwolves never cut the lead to fewer than 12 points for the remainder of the game.

Game Recap

The Memphis Grizzlies used efficient offense and opportunistic defense to grab a 120-108 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves at FedExForum on Friday.

The Grizzlies were lights out from beyond the arc all night, shooting 48 percent from three as a team. Jonas Valanciunas led the way from the start and finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Grayson Allen was 5-of-7 from 3-point range for 15 points. De'Anthony Melton contributed 14 points off the bench and Ja Morant added 11 points and seven rebounds.

Karl-Anthony Towns notched a double-double with 30 points and 16 rebounds while Anthony Edwards continued his stellar rookie campaign with 22 points and six assists. Naz Reid added 18 points and five rebounds off the bench

Valanciunas got the Grizzlies out to a quick start but it was Towns who kept the Timberwolves in lockstep. Towns' 10 points and seven rebounds set the pace, but the Grizzlies 50 percent shooting from three to keep the 30-28 lead in the first quarter.

The Timberwolves poured in 38 points in the second quarter to limit the Grizzlies' lead to 68-66 at halftime. Towns led the Timberwolves with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Valanciunas had 13 points and five rebounds in the half and Allen caught fire from beyond the arc, going 4-of-6 on 3-point attempts to get 12 points.

The combo of Edwards and Towns kept the Timberwolves close until the Grizzlies went on a 12-3 run at the end of the quarter to take a 92-84 lead into the final quarter.

Memphis found their groove in the fourth quarter during a 35-9 run to close out the game and bring the Grizzlies back to .500.

Next Game

The Grizzlies kick off a four-game road trip with a matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday at 7 p.m. CT.

Team Quotes

Team Notes

  • The Memphis Grizzlies started the month of April with their second matchup this season with the Minnesota Timberwolves... Memphis will play 11 of its 17 games this month on the road, including a seven-game road trip from April 16-26, the longest in the Memphis era of the franchise (2001-02 season to present).
  • Memphis has now won the last five games in the overall series against Minnesota and 11 of the last 14 matchups.
  • The Grizzlies' second-unit outscored the Timberwolves' reserves 56-38 while knocking down eight 3-pointers, tallying seven steals and racking up 11 assists… Memphis entered tonight ranked third in the NBA in bench points per game (39.8), first in bench steals (4.5), second in bench assists (10.0) and fourth in bench 3-point percentage (.385).
  • Memphis had eight different players score in double figures, including all five starters and four players off the bench.
  • Memphis out-rebounded Minnesota 53-39… The Grizzlies currently rank tied-for-fifth in the NBA in rebounds per game (46.2)

Player Notes

  • Jonas Valanciunas posted a double-double with 10 points, 16 rebounds and four assists in 25 minutes. Valančiūnas, whose 16-game streak with 10+ rebounds is the longest current streak in the NBA.
  • Valanciunas grabbed 225 rebounds from March 2-31, the franchise record for a 15-game span… Valančiūnas led the NBA in rebounds per game (15.1) during the month of March.
  • Grayson Allen totaled 15 points (5-7 3P), three rebounds and one assist in two minutes. This was Allen’s fifth game this season with five-or-more 3-pointers. Prior to this season, Allen had only done this twice in a single season (2019-20).
  • De'Anthony Melton added 14 points (5-10 FG, 4-6 3P), four rebounds and three assists in 24 minutes off the bench.
  • Xavier Tillman posted 12 points, four rebounds and one steal in 22 minutes
  • Karl-Anthony Towns posted a double-double with 30 points, 16 rebounds and one block on 11-of-25 shooting.

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