In a spectacular display of basketball prowess, the Minnesota Timberwolves, led by the dynamic Anthony Edwards, secured a commanding 119-97 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies this Sunday. Edwards, showcasing his scoring skills, racked up 24 points, propelling the Timberwolves to their fourth win in the last five games.
Karl-Anthony Towns and Mike Conley, not to be overshadowed, contributed significantly to the win with 18 points each. Conley, in a particularly standout performance, dished out a season-high 10 assists and demonstrated remarkable accuracy from beyond the arc, sinking 6 of 9 three-point attempts.
The Timberwolves' offensive arsenal was further bolstered by Rudy Gobert, who added 13 points to the tally. On the Grizzlies' side, Jaren Jackson Jr. led the team with 18 points, followed by Santi Aldama with 14. Despite their efforts, the Grizzlies' struggle was evident as Desmond Bane, who managed 13 points, faced challenges in finding his rhythm, shooting just 5 of 16 from the field.
This loss marked the Grizzlies' fourth consecutive defeat and their eighth straight at home, leaving them grappling to avoid the bottom of the Western Conference standings. The absence of Ja Morant, serving a 25-game suspension, has undoubtedly impacted the team's performance.
Timberwolves' Dominant Start
The Timberwolves, sitting comfortably atop the Western Conference, were dominant right from the first half. Their shooting efficiency was a sight to behold, maintaining a 60% success rate from the field and a remarkable 60% from the three-point line midway through the second quarter.
Meanwhile, the Grizzlies struggled with their shooting, managing under 40% overall and a mere 10.5% from the three-point range. Minnesota's lead ballooned to 20 points by halftime, and they continued their dominance into the third quarter, extending their lead to 24 points.
Despite some foul trouble for Towns and Gobert, the Timberwolves didn't let up, quashing any potential comeback from Memphis. The Grizzlies did manage to cut the deficit to 12 points in the third quarter, but a quick eight-point burst from the Timberwolves, including three-pointers from Conley and Nickeil Alexander-Walker, put the game out of reach for Memphis.
Looking ahead, the Timberwolves are set to host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night in the NBA In-season Tournament. The Grizzlies, meanwhile, will face the Utah Jazz on Wednesday, hoping to turn their fortunes around in front of their home crowd.