NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, December 2nd (All times eastern)
Memphis Grizzlies (6-12) at Minnesota Timberwolves (2-15), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Minnesota Timberwolves hope to build on their first win in over a month when they welcome the Memphis Grizzlies to Target Center on Wednesday.
Ryan Gomes scored 27 points as the Timberwolves snapped their 15-game skid with a 106-100 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Sunday.
Damien Wilkins added 15 points, 12 rebounds and six assists for the Timberwolves, whose only other victory came in the October 28 season opener, thanks to Wilkins' buzzer-beater over the still-winless New Jersey Nets.
Corey Brewer and Jonny Flynn each scored 16 for Minnesota, which also avoided tying a franchise-record losing streak. Minnesota suffered a 124-111 loss versus the Nuggets on Wednesday before dropping a 120-95 decision two days later to the Phoenix Suns. But on Sunday at the Pepsi Center, the Timberwolves used a strong third quarter to avoid equaling the team record losing streak from February 29 - March 29, 1992.
"For us, there's nothing like a winning locker room," said Timberwolves coach Kurt Rambis. "There's a lot of relief in there."
The Grizzlies, meanwhile, fell to 1-3 on a five-game road trip Monday when Carlos Boozer tallied 24 points, pulled down 15 rebounds and dished out seven assists as the Utah Jazz crushed Memphis, 120-93.
O.J. Mayo had a team-high 20 points for the Grizzlies, who played without leading scorer Rudy Gay, who was attending a funeral. Sam Young and Marcus Williams both chipped in 17 points, and Zach Randolph provided 15 points and nine rebounds in defeat.
"We just couldn't get a stop when we needed it," Young said. "I think a lot of times we felt like we had some momentum but couldn't get the stops on defense."
The Grizz hope to have Gay back in the lineup tonight while starting point guard Mike Conley, who missed Monday's game with a sprained left shoulder suffered in a 98-88 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday, is day-to-day.
The Grizzlies snapped a four-game losing streak to Minnesota with a 97-87 win in Memphis last month.
12/02 10:39:15 ET