NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, February 2nd (All times eastern)
Memphis Grizzlies (25-24) at Minnesota Timberwolves (11-36), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Memphis Grizzlies take aim at their fourth straight win tonight, when they pay a visit to the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center.
The Grizzlies have been on a roll lately, winning three straight and six of seven games, including Monday's 100-97 victory versus the Orlando Magic at FedEx Forum. Mike Conley led the way with 26 points and 11 assists for Memphis, which got 19 points and eight rebounds out of Marc Gasol.
Zach Randolph had 10 points and nine boards, finishing one rebound shy of his 15th straight double-double. Rudy Gay notched 13 points and seven boards, as the Grizzlies went over the 500 mark (25-24) for the first time since the third game of the season.
"You have to give a lot of credit to Rudy and Zach for not forcing shots, for not getting nervous, knowing that it was going to be a game like that," Gasol told NBA.com. "They got rid of it. They found the open guy and the guys were making their shots."
Memphis will try to work on its 10-17 road record this evening.
Meanwhile, the Timberwolves are coming off a 103-87 win over the Toronto Raptors and were able to end a six-game losing streak in the process.
Kevin Love collected his 33rd straight double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds, while Martell Webster scored 15 points off the bench for Minnesota, which won for just the second time in 13 tries.
"We did the easy things, the little things," Webster said. "We didn't try to create too much, we just let the offense determine what we do. I think if we continue to do that we'll be a good team."
The Wolves are 9-14 in the Twin Cities this season. Rookie Wesley Johnson, who had 14 points in the win over Toronto, is listed as questionable for Wednesday's game with a sore knee.
Memphis clobbered Minnesota, 109-89, on Oct. 30 this season in the Volunteer State thanks to Conley's 14 points, 11 assists, seven rebounds and seven of a franchise-record 22 steals. Suspended guard O.J. Mayo had 29 points in that one for the Grizzlies, who have won four of five in the series.
Memphis has lost seven of 12 and 11 of its last 17 trips to Minnesota.
02/02 11:07:54 ET