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Grizzlies stave off Timberwolves behind Ja Morant’s 37

/ 03:04 PM May 06, 2021
Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant

Ja Morant #12 of the Memphis Grizzlies passes the ball away from Josh Okogie #20 of the Minnesota Timberwolves during the second quarter of the game at Target Center on May 5, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

Ja Morant scored 37 points, Desmond Bane hit a pair of clutch 3-pointers in the final minute and the Memphis Grizzlies weathered 42 points from Anthony Edwards to hold off the Minnesota Timberwolves, 139-135, Wednesday in Minneapolis.

Memphis (33-32) scored 73 first-half points and took a 10-point lead into halftime, but Minnesota battled back on the strength of 8-of-10 shooting from 3-point range in the third quarter.

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Edwards paced the Timberwolves’ 19-of-39 shooting from behind the arc, going 8-of-9 — his only miss coming on a buzzer-beater attempt at the end of the third period. His 42 points matched a career-high.

The raucous Minnesota rally set up a back-and-forth fourth quarter that Memphis played short-handed. Grayson Allen left the game in the first half with an abdominal strain, while both Jonas Valanciunas and Dillon Brooks fouled out in the final period.

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Brooks finished with 16 points while Valanciunas exited with only nine points and five rebounds.

In their place, Memphis got key contributions off the bench from Brandon Clarke, who recorded a double-double with 12 points and a team-high 10 rebounds.

Xavier Tillman scored 11 points and grabbed nine rebounds, including a critical offensive board with a minute to go. He kicked the ball out to the wing to an open Bane, who sank the first of his two 3-pointers down the stretch.

Bane matched the career-high of 22 points he set in the Grizzlies’ last game, seven of which he scored in the final minute Wednesday.

Minnesota (20-46) pulled ahead when Karl-Anthony Towns scored the last of his 22 points on an and-one.

Despite scoring his most since hitting for 44 points in the season opener, Morant made just one 3-pointer, but it came after Towns’ three-point play and gave Memphis the lead the rest of the way.

D’Angelo Russell finished with 22 points and 14 assists for Minnesota.

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Kyle Anderson scored 20 points for the Grizzlies.

–Field Level Media

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