MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Rudy Gay scored 21 points, Zach Randolph
and O.J. Mayo added 20 apiece and the Memphis Grizzlies won their
seventh straight home game with a 135-110 victory over the
Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night.
Mike Conley added 18 points and eight assists, and Sam Young
scored 17. Marc Gasol finished with 12 points. Memphis has won 10
of its past 13.
Randolph had 12 rebounds and Gasol had 10, helping Memphis to a
45-37 rebounding advantage.
Corey Brewer led the Timberwolves with 22 points, while Al
Jefferson scored 21, all in the first half. Wayne Ellington had 17
points and Kevin Love finished with 14 points and nine rebounds as
Minnesota dropped its fourth straight.
Memphis put the game away with a 40-22 third quarter, as Gay and
Randolph both had 10 points in the period.
The 135 points were a season high for Memphis, which is 8-0 at
home against teams with a losing record.
The Grizzlies hit their first five attempts outside the arc,
helping to build an early 11-point lead. But Minnesota kept pace
with the shooting to stay close through the bulk of the half.
After the Timberwolves pulled even on Ellington's 20-foot
jumper, the teams remained within a basket of each other, the
Grizzlies taking a lead, and the Timberwolves matching them.
Jefferson was getting to the basket against Gasol, scoring 21
points in the half, missing only two of his first 12 shots.
Four Grizzlies already had reached double figures at the break,
led by Mayo's 12.
Memphis was able to create a bit of space by outscoring
Minnesota 8-2 to close the half for a 66-59 lead at the break.
Memphis continued the rally in the third, eventually extending the
run to 16-4 spanning halftime.
The Timberwolves started to show the effects of their
three-overtime loss at Houston on Wednesday night, and by the time
Randolph connected on a 3-pointer from the right corner, Memphis'
lead had reached 93-73.
The advantage eventually would reach 25 before entering the
fourth quarter, as Memphis already had a season-high in 3-pointers
made, connecting on 10 of 15 outside the arc before the fourth
That was part of Memphis shooting 66 percent through the first
three quarters, ending the night at 59 percent, compared to 48
percent for Minnesota.
NOTES: Minnesota has given up at least 100 points in the past 10
games. ... With his start, Mayo became the first player to start
the first 120 games of his career since Dwight Howard between
2004-06. Howard eventually started his first 149 games. ... The
Timberwolves were finishing a four-game road trip, their longest of
the season. Meanwhile, Memphis was playing the first of three games
in four days, all at home. ... Memphis' 40 points in the third
matched the highest quarter for the Grizzlies this season.