The wraps come off the New Look Memphis Grizzlies somewhat Monday night with the opening of their NBA Pre-Season schedule at FedExForum..
Juan Carlos Navarro and Rudy Gay both
scored 22 points and the Memphis Grizzlies used a fourth-quarter
rally to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 101-93.
Mike Miller added 14 points for the Grizzlies, while Darko
Milicic finished with 10.
Pau Gasol hit only 1 of 9 from the floor, but had 12-rebounds and 3-blocked shots.
Al Jefferson and Marko Jaric both scored 17 points to lead
Minnesota with Jefferson also grabbing 15 rebounds. Rashad McCants
added 15 points and Ricky Davis had 14, all in the first half, for
Memphis went on a 15-0 run in the fourth quarter to take a 98-86
lead. Gay had six points in the stretch, including an alley-oop
dunk off a fastbreak that started with a Minnesota turnover.
The Timberwolves went more than 6 minutes without scoring until
McCants' layup with 1:19 left.
Navarro, who's Spanish nickname is "La Bomba" (The Bomb) keyed the fourth-quarter comeback with consecutive
3-pointers that tied the game at 81.
But Memphis would not overtake the Timberwolves until Kyle Lowry
scored from the lane with 6 minutes left for an 87-86 lead.
Lowry keeps showing to be the best point guard on the roster.
Whenever he enters the game, he brings energy and defensive intensity with him.
His Defensive toughness helps turn miscues into fastbreaks and Grizzlies points.
The Timberwolves led by as many as 16 points in the first half
as Jefferson scored 13 points, hitting all four shots from the
field, and grabbing 12 rebounds in 13 minutes.
Minnesota shot 56 percent from the field in taking a 61-47
Despite promises of a faster pace from the Grizzlies under new
coach Marc Iavaroni, the Timberwolves outscored Memphis 10-0 on
fastbreak points in the first quarter.
Memphis did show its running ability early in the second half,
cutting the lead to 67-63. But the Grizzlies also missed
opportunities during the stretch as Pau Gasol muffed a dunk, Gay
missed a layup and a tip, and Miller misfired on an open 3-pointer
on the break.
the Grizzlies hit the road for the next Pre-Season game at the Indiana Pacers Wednesday night.