Conley, Holiday help Grizzlies beat Timberwolves 108-106
ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 06, 2019 11:58 AM
Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley, center, shoots between Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins, right, and Luol Deng, left, in the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)
By Clay Bailey, Associated Press
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Mike Conley had 25 points and nine assists in possibly his last game for Memphis, and the Grizzlies beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 108-106 on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time) on Justin Holiday’s two free throws with .1 seconds remaining.
Jaren Jackson Jr. added 23 points for Memphis, which won its second straight game. Ivan Rabb had a career-high 19 points to go along with 11 rebounds, while Holiday finished with 17 points.
Karl-Anthony Town had 26 points and 18 rebounds for Minnesota, and Dario Saric finished with 22 points. Luol Deng scored 18.
A pair of free throws by Towns with 15.7 seconds left tied it at 106. The game appeared headed to overtime until Holiday was fouled by Josh Okogie in the final second.
Memphis center Marc Gasol was a late scratch amid reports about the Grizzlies being in trade talks with the Charlotte Hornets. The Grizzlies have told teams they are entertaining trade offers for Gasol and Conley in advance of Thursday’s (Friday, PHL time) trade deadline.
Saric brought a boost off the Minnesota bench to offset an early Memphis lead.
But Conley closed the first half with a trio of three-pointers in the closing minute to help Memphis to a 66-54 lead at the break.
Timberwolves: Saric reached double figures for the first time since scoring 11 against Philadelphia on Jan. 15 (Jan. 16, PHL time). ... Minnesota made each of its 15 free throws in the first half and finished the game 19-of-20. ... Jerryd Bayless finished with five points, stopping his string of six straight games in double figures.
Grizzlies: Gasol came out of the locker room near the midway point of the first quarter and sat on the Memphis bench as fans responded with a standing ovation. ... Rabb’s previous career high was 16 on April 4, 2018, against New Orleans. ... Memphis had not won consecutive games since Dec. 23 and 26 (Dec. 24 and 27, PHL time).
Timberwolves: Play the Magic in Orlando on Thursday (Friday, PHL time).
Grizzlies: Play at Oklahoma City on Thursday (Friday, PHL time).