Clarke's double-double leads Grizzlies to title
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 16, 2019 11:10 AM
The Memphis Grizzlies pose for photographers after defeating the Minnesota Timberwolves in an NBA summer league championship basketball game Monday, July 15, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
By W.G. Ramirez, Associated Press
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Brandon Clarke had 15 points and 16 rebounds to lead the eighth-seeded Memphis Grizzlies to a 95-92 victory over the third-seeded Minnesota Timberwolves in the championship game of the NBA Summer League on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time).
Clarke, who was named overall MVP for the summer league, also had three blocks and four assists to earn the championship game MVP.
The Grizzlies, who led by as many as 17 points, led by only two after the three quarters, but got a boost from Grayson Allen, who scored 10 of his team-high 17 points in the second half and deflected the ball away to keep Minnesota from taking a last-second shot.
Bruno Caboclo and Dusty Hannahs also had 15 points for the Grizzlies, while Tyler Harvey added 12 points and five assists.
The Timberwolves, who went into the game as the lone undefeated team, clawed their way back into the game behind the hot hand of Kelan Martin, who drained three three-pointers in the third quarter. Minnesota cut Memphis’ lead to one point six times.
Martin led five Timberwolves in double figures, finishing with a game-high 19 points.
Jordan Murphy scored 14, Mitchell Creek had 13, Barry Brown Jr. chipped in 12 and Keita Bates-Diop finished with 10 for Minnesota.