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Memphis Grizzlies Postgame Report
Postgame Report

Postgame Report: Grizzlies outlast Edwards, Timberwolves for 11th consecutive victory

by Memphis Grizzlies

Key Stat of the Night

  • Memphis shot 50% from the field in the second half after shooting 41.7% before halftime.

Key Run of the Night

  • Memphis trailed 106-105 with 2:45 remaining before closing the game on an 11-2 run. Desmond Bane’s fast break finger roll following a steal at midcourt put Memphis up three, and John Konchar connected on a 3-pointer with 1:02 left to give the Grizzlies a six-point lead.

Game Recap

The Grizzlies extended the longest single-season winning streak in franchise history with a 116-108 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday night at FedExForum.

At the center of the Grizzlies’ closing efforts was John Konchar, who notched his second career double-double with 15 points and a career-high 17 rebounds. Desmond Bane got it done on both ends of the floor with 21 points, three rebounds and a career-high four steals. Jaren Jackson Jr. added 20 points, five rebounds and five blocks. Ja Morant ended the night with 16 points with nine assists and eight rebounds. Brandon Clarke had 14 and eight rebounds off the bench.

Memphis had five players score in double-digits, outscoring Minnesota 66-38 in points in the paint and 48-13 in bench points while turning 18 turnovers into 23 points.

Anthony Edwards poured in 30 points with four assists, D'Angelo Russell added 29 points with six assists and Karl-Anthony Towns had 25 points, nine rebounds and three assists.

Edwards and Russell combined for 21 points in the first quarter as the Timberwolves built an early nine-point lead before the Grizzlies stormed back on a 20-7 run. Edwards poured in 12 points in the second quarter, giving the Timberwolves a 60-53 lead at halftime. Edwards went 7-for-12 from the field and 4-for-6 from three for 25 points in the first half, while Jackson Jr. led the Grizzlies with 11 points.

Morant’s 11-point third quarter gave Memphis the 90-84 lead with one quarter to go. The Grizzlies battled through a highly contested fourth quarter before Konchar, Bane and Clarke put the finishing touches on an 11-0 run in the final 1:26 of the game. The victory moved the Grizzlies to 30-14 this season and marked their 21st win in 25 games.

Next Game

The Grizzlies will face Luka Doncic and the division rival Dallas Mavericks on Friday, Jan. 14 at 9 p.m. CT. Fans can watch on Bally Sports Southeast and listen on ESPN 92.9 FM.

Team Quotes

Team Notables

  • The Grizzlies won their 11th consecutive game, extending the longest single-season winning streak in franchise history. Memphis also tied the longest winning streak in team history including multiple seasons (the Grizzlies won the final five games of the 2013-14 regular season and the first six of the 2014-15 regular season).
  • The Grizzlies’ winning streak includes wins over the Phoenix Suns, Golden State Warriors, Brooklyn Nets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers (twice) and Los Angeles Clippers.
  • Memphis improved to 30-14 this season and became the third NBA this season to reach the 30-win plateau. This is the second-fewest games the Grizzlies have ever needed to win 30 games in a season (30-12 in 2014-15).
  • The Grizzlies have won five consecutive home games, a season-high streak, leading into the final two games of their four-game home stand tomorrow against Dallas and Monday against Chicago.
  • Minnesota entered having won three of its last four road games.
  • Memphis took a 2-1 lead in the season series with the home team winning every game. The teams will play once more this season on Feb. 24 at Minnesota.
  • Assistant coach Darko Rajaković served a second straight game as acting head coach in place of Taylor Jenkins.

Player Notables

  • Desmond Bane led Memphis with 21 points and a career-high four steals. Bane, who entered the game shooting 87.7% from the free throw line, made all nine of his shots from the foul line.
  • Jaren Jackson Jr. recorded 20 points and five blocks. Jackson Jr., who has 21 blocks in his last five games, is one of three players in franchise history to average at least 4.00 blocks over a five-game span (Pau Gasol, Roy Rogers). Jackson Jr. also made two 3-pointers and registered a steal. He is the second player in franchise history to record at least five straight games with at least one 3-pointer, one steal and one block (Rudy Gay).
  • Ja Morant notched 16 points, eight rebounds and nine assists. The league’s leading third-quarter scorer (8.8 points), Morant tallied 11 in the third period tonight, helping Memphis outscore Minnesota 37-24 in the frame.
  • John Konchar came off the bench to score 15 points (6-7 FG, 3-4 3P) and grab a career-high 17 rebounds (14 defensive). Konchar fell one rebound shy of tying the franchise record for rebounds off the bench (18 by Zach Randolph) and the most rebounds by a reserve this season (18 by Montrezl Harrell).
  • Brandon Clarke finished with 14 points and eight rebounds, logging his eighth consecutive game scoring in double figures off the bench.
  • Anthony Edwards scored 25 of his 30 points in the first half.
  • D'Angelo Russell scored 29 points after averaging 29.0 points in the Timberwolves’ first two games against the Grizzlies.
  • Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 25 points and nine rebounds.

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