MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Kevin Love's 3-point shooting is opening up things for Minnesota's offense and Timberwolves took advantage Sunday, notching their first victory over the Memphis Grizzlies in almost four years.
Love had 30 points and nine rebounds, the Timberwolves hit a season-high 12 3-pointers and Minnesota beat the Grizzlies 101-93, snapping Minnesota's 11-game losing streak to Memphis.
Love, who connected on all but one of his nine 3-pointers in Friday night's loss to San Antonio, was 11 of 21 from the field Sunday, including 4 of 8 from outside the arc as Minnesota converted 12 of 26 from long range in winning for the third time in four games. Minnesota had made 11 3-pointers six times this season, including in Friday night's loss at San Antonio.
"It's crazy," reserve guard J.J. Barea said of Love's offense. "It opens up the drive for everybody. Everybody else can play freely. You know they are going to have to pay attention the rest of the game to him."
Nikola Pekovic scored 19 points, while Barea had 15, hitting 3 of 5 from outside the arc. Ricky Rubio finished with 12 points.
Mike Conley led the Grizzlies with 28 points before leaving with just under 4 minutes to go with a bruised left thigh. Zach Randolph had 20 points and 12 rebounds. Jon Leuer scored 15, and Jerryd Bayless added 14 as Memphis lost its third straight.
Conley was listed as day to day after the game. It was the latest in a spate of injuries for Memphis, which has lost starting center Marc Gasol and reserve swingman Quincy Pondexter indefinitely. Tony Allen and Ed Davis just returned from missing several games apiece with injuries. That has left the Grizzlies trying to work their way through makeshift lineups to find a defensive identity.
"I don't think it is frustration," Allen said. "It's all about getting it together and practice. We just have to keep sticking to the things that pretty much gained our notoriety."
Memphis made several runs at Minnesota in the fourth quarter, cutting the Timberwolves' lead to 95-92 when Randolph scored inside with 2:27 left.