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.