Towns has 33 points, 23 boards to lift Wolves over Memphis

ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 24, 2019 10:41 AM
Towns has 33 points, 23 boards to lift Wolves over Memphis
Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) shoots against Memphis Grizzlies center Jonas Valanciunas (17) and forward Bruno Caboclo (5) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 23, 2019, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

By Clay Bailey, Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns had 33 points and 23 rebounds, and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Memphis Grizzlies 112-99 on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time) to end a five-game slide.

Andrew Wiggins added 22 points and rookie Josh Okogie had 17 as Minnesota, eliminated from the playoffs Friday night (Saturday, PHL time), ended its longest losing streak of the season. All five Minnesota starters reached double figures in scoring.

Mike Conley led Memphis with 23 points, and Jonas Valanciunas had 20 points and 14 rebounds.

Minnesota broke it open with a 19-4 run to start the second half as the Grizzlies were getting nothing offensively, going 3-of-14 from the field. The lead reached 19 at one point, and Minnesota carried an 84-68 advantage into the fourth.

Memphis led through most of the first half, carrying a 50-49 lead into halftime.


Timberwolves: Announced earlier Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) that veteran guard Derrick Rose will miss the rest of the season following surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow. ... The team had already announced Thursday (Friday, PHL time) that Rose, along with guard Jeff Teague and forward Robert Covington, likely would miss the rest of the season with injuries. ... The game was the last in a string where Minnesota played 5-of-6 on the road. The Timberwolves play seven of their final nine at home. ... Okogie reached double figures for the fourth straight games.

Grizzlies: Conley (general soreness) and reserve C Joakim Noah (right knee soreness), who missed Friday's (Saturday, PHL time) overtime loss in Orlando, returned to action. Noah left the game in the second quarter with the same problem and did not return. ... Conley has scored at least 20 points in seven straight games, the longest such streak of his career.


Timberwolves: Host the Clippers on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time).

Grizzlies: Host the Thunder on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time).

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