Selden scores 23 as Grizzlies surprise Wolves 101-93
ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 27, 2018 10:44 AM
Memphis Grizzlies' Wayne Selden, center, passes to teammate Deyonta Davis and away from Minnesota Timberwolves' Gorgui Dieng (5), of Senegal, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game on Monday, March 26, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Hannah Foslien)
By Brian Hall, Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Wayne Selden scored 23 points, Marc Gasol had 20 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, and the Memphis Grizzlies surprised the Minnesota Timberwolves with a 101-93 victory on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time).
Selden and Gasol each hit four three-pointers as Memphis went 15-of-31 from beyond the arc and snapped its 17-game road losing streak, dealing a blow to Minnesota's playoff hopes. The Timberwolves (42-33) started the night tied for seventh in the Western Conference standings with Utah.
Jeff Teague had 25 points and seven assists for Minnesota, which lost its second straight game and dropped to 6-7 since All-Star Jimmy Butler was lost to a knee injury. Karl-Anthony Towns had his league-leading 62nd double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds.
Six players scored in double figures for the Grizzlies. JaMychal Green added 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Having lost 23 of its previous 24 games, Memphis showed early on it wasn't going to roll over for the playoff-hopeful Wolves.
The Grizzlies shot 63.6 percent in the second quarter on their way to a 59-all tie at the break.
Teague keyed an 8-0 run in the third as the Timberwolves opened an 82-76 lead. But Selden hit three triples in the fourth as Memphis outscored Minnesota 23-11 in the final period.
Grizzlies: Tyreke Evans missed his second straight game for personal reasons. ... F Chandler Parsons returned after missing the past two games with knee soreness. Parsons had three points and five assists. ... Memphis' last road win was Dec. 31 (Jan. 1, PHL time) against Sacramento. It was the team's longest road losing streak since dropping 18 in a row from Jan. 4-March 19, 2008. ... Led by Selden, the Grizzlies got 46 points from their reserves.
Timberwolves: Cole Aldrich missed the game with an illness. Derrick Rose missed his third straight game with a sprained right ankle. ... Jamal Crawford scored 10 points but was 3-of-12 shooting. ... The inaugural class of the Minnesota High School Basketball Hall of Fame was honored at halftime. The team includes former NBA players Kevin McHale, Randy Breuer, Khalid El-Amin, Ron Johnson and Mark Olberding, along with WNBA point guard Lindsay Whalen.
Grizzlies: Host Portland on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time).
Timberwolves: Host Atlanta on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time).