NBA Game Summary - Minnesota at Memphis
(Saturday, November 14th)
Final Score: Memphis 97, Minnesota 87
Memphis, TN (Sports Network) - Rudy Gay and O.J. Mayo each scored 19 points, and the Memphis Grizzlies snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 97-87 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves at FedExForum.
Marc Gasol added 17 points and 16 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who recorded their first win within the Western Conference in eight tries. Rookie Sam Young had 15 points -- his first double-digit performance -- and Mike Conley added 10 points and seven assists in the win.
"Now we've got the feeling what it takes to win games, we've got to try and mimic that every night," said Conley. "We have to be able to come out with the same intensity and be able to play the second half like we do the first half. We normally play very well coming out of the gates, so if we can do that we have a lot of chances to get a lot of wins."
Corey Brewer scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the T'Wolves, who have lost 10 straight since a season-opening win. Minnesota continued to play without Al Jefferson, who is attending to a family member's illness. Ryan Gomes and Ryan Hollins both had 15 points, while Ramon Sessions added 13 points and eight assists in defeat.
Entering the fourth with a five-point lead, Memphis went up 76-67 on Marcus Williams' three-point play two minutes in.
The lead jumped to 12 on the heels of a Young three-point play 1 1/2 minutes later, and the T'Wolves got within 10 on a Jonny Flynn basket with 5:15 left. But Gasol deposited two baskets, and the Grizzlies held on for the win.
Memphis trailed, 15-7, early in the first quarter, but rallied to take a 25-23 lead after the opening period behind seven points from Gay.
Minnesota outscored Memphis, 22-20, in the second quarter, and the teams went into halftime tied, 45-45.
Holding a one-point lead in the third, the Grizzlies went on an 8-0 run to take a nine-point advantage. Mayo's three-pointer made it 61-57, and Zach Randolph's tip shot completed the burst with just under three minutes to go.
"We came out with a lot of intensity and played pretty good, but the third quarter we had a letdown," admitted Brewer. "It's been that way all season. We have to learn to pick it up."
The T'Wolves scored six of the period's final eight points to go into the fourth trailing 68-63.
Minnesota is 0-5 on the road...Memphis had lost four in a row to Minnesota...Gasol tied a career-high in rebounds...Flynn had 10 points.
11/15 02:58:19 ET