Randolph has 26; Grizzlies beat Timberwolves 94-90

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 31, 2014 at 10:58 pm •  Published: January 31, 2014
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies are making a move in the Western Conference and are doing it on the road.

Zach Randolph had 26 points and 12 rebounds and Memphis overcame another strong effort by Kevin Love to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 94-90 Friday night.

Courtney Lee added 16 points for the Grizzlies, who have won five straight games and 10 of their last 11. Memphis has won six straight away from home, including a sweep of a three-game trip to Portland, Sacramento and Minnesota.

"It feels good, we are still getting to where we want to get," Randolph said.

One-half game behind Dallas for eighth place in the Western Conference, the Grizzlies are 13-7 on the road and 12-13 at home.

"This is huge for us, especially for the goals we have as far as making that playoff push," Lee said. "It definitely builds momentum."

The win could be costly because Memphis played the final 6:37 without starting guard Mike Conley, who sprained his right ankle when he landed on J.J. Barea's foot. Conley had 12 points on 4-of-14 shooting after scoring a combined 46 in his last two outings. He is to be re-evaluated Saturday.

"I can put weight on it now," Conley said. "Tomorrow is looking iffy, but hopefully after some treatment tonight and the next day we will go from there."

Memphis hosts Milwaukee Saturday.

Playing on a sore left ankle throughout the second half, Love led Minnesota with 28 points and 16 rebounds. Kevin Martin had 14 points for the Timberwolves, who lost for just the second time in seven games.

"We had our chances in the end and had some really, really great looks. We just didn't convert," Love said.

Randolph did.

He scored six points during a 9-2 Memphis run that turned a one-point deficit into a 91-85 lead with 59.6 seconds to play and later added two free throws.

"He's the man, he's the go-to player. He's a proud man, he's an extremely competitive man," said Memphis coach David Joerger. "Think of all the banging those guys take night in and night out, year in and year out. When he got down there and got it done going 11 of 20 with some offensive rebounds, makes big free throws. I'm really proud of him, really happy."

With Minnesota trailing by one, Love scored on a fadeaway jumper and on a layup after a feed from Barea for an 83-80 lead midway through the fourth quarter.