Grizzlies Win Seventh Straight At Home

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.