Grizzlies pull away to beat Timberwolves 99-86

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 30, 2013 at 10:48 pm •  Published: March 30, 2013
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Not only did Memphis start to hit shots, it also picked up its defensive intensity. Minnesota had just one basket, a 3-pointer by Rubio, in the opening five minutes of the fourth quarter, and also held the Wolves to 43.3 percent for the game.

"In that second half we kind of just hit a wall offensively," said Chase Budinger, who was 1 for 6 from the field. "Give credit to them. They're probably the best defensive team in the league at taking on the pick-and-roll."

In his third game back after missing two games with an abdominal tear, Gasol also had eight rebounds and six assists.

"Right now he's one of the top three centers in the league. He's doing a great job. He knows how to play," Rubio said. "He can assist like a point guard. He shoots the mid-range very well. And on defense it's tough because he's so big. He's great."

Rubio had nine points in the first quarter, including five during a 12-2 run that put Minnesota up 25-17.

The Minnesota reserves pushed the lead to 37-26, including a desperation 3-pointer by Alexey Shved, before the Grizzlies tightened up on defense and went on a 13-2 run to get within one late in the first half. However, Rubio scored on a drive at the buzzer to give Minnesota a 50-45 halftime lead.

NOTES: The Grizzlies are 20-16 on the road, setting a franchise record for road wins in a season. ... Adelman remains three wins shy of 1,000 for his career. ... Jerryd Bayless finished with two points for the Grizzlies. He'd been averaging 19.1 points in his last eight games. ... The Timberwolves had seven of their 17 turnovers in the third quarter and went 4 for 14 from the field in the period, scoring 17 points.



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