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Jarvis Greer

Timberwolves Make it 2-Straight Over Grizzlies

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Randy Foye scored 23 points, including the

go-ahead 3-pointer with 40 seconds left, and the Minnesota

Timberwolves weathered a late rally to beat the Memphis Grizzlies

94-87 Tuesday night.

Following his basket, Foye blocked O.J. Mayo's shot on the next

Memphis possession, leading to a fast-break basket by Ryan Gomes,

and the Timberwolves secured their third straight win - their

longest winning streak since January 2007.

Al Jefferson added 19 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks for

Minnesota. Craig Smith had 15 points, Gomes 14 and Sebastian

Telfair finished with 10 points and nine assists.

Hakim Warrick scored 22 points, and Mayo added 20 points, eight

rebounds and five assists for Memphis. Marc Gasol had 13 points and

Rudy Gay 12 as Memphis shot 42 percent.

The Timberwolves led by 10 with 5:26 remaining after Foye, who

had 10 points in the fourth, hit a 3-pointer. But Minnesota had to

weather a final rally by the Grizzlies, who used a 12-2 run to pull

even at 87 with 1:30 left.

The Timberwolves then scored the final seven points, five of

them by Foye.

The Wolves got off to a good start, hitting 61 percent in the

opening quarter for an early lead. Outside of Gomes, who missed

four of his five shots, the Timberwolves starters were a combined

8-of-11 from the field in the first.

Memphis managed 40 percent from the field as Minnesota led by


Minnesota guard Mike Miller left the floor limping with 7:40

left in the second period after tweaking his right ankle, the same

ankle that forced him to miss five games recently. He returned in

the second half.

The Timberwolves took a 45-39 lead into the locker room after

poor second-quarter shooting from both teams. Mayo hit only three

of his 11 shots and finished the night shooting 7-of-18.

Jefferson helped the Timberwolves maintain their lead with 11

points in the third quarter before heading to the bench for the

final 3:20 when he picked up his third foul.

Minnesota won despite getting very little production from its

bench - fourth in the league with 34.3 points per game.

After three periods, the Minnesota reserves had managed only

seven points - four from Kevin Love and a 3-pointer from Brian

Cardinal. The shooting didn't get much better overall and both

teams committed a half dozen turnovers in the third.

Minnesota still managed to keep the lead, 72-68 entering the


Notes: The game was a homecoming for Miller and Cardinal, who

along with Love, were part of the draft night trade that brought

Mayo to the Grizzlies. Miller played five-plus seasons with the

Grizzlies and is the team's career 3-point leader. Cardinal was

limited because of injuries during his four years in Memphis, but

holds the team record for highest career free throw percentage at

84.6 percent. Additionally, Timberwolves F Rodney Carney played at

the University of Memphis. Grizzlies G Steve Francis, who was

obtained by Memphis in a Dec. 24 trade with Houston and arrived in

town over the weekend, was on the inactive list for the second

straight game.

  The Grizzlies next game is at New Jersey Wednesday night.
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