The veteran Memphis Grizzlies showed more poise in the final quarter against the young Minnesota Timberwolves to hack out a 114-106 road victory Sunday.
Jeff Green finally found his shooting touch top-scoring for the Grizzlies with a season-high 21 points on 7-of-12 shooting while Mike Conley added 20 points, 7 assists and 2 steals.
Memphis held a slim 81-79 lead after the end of three quarters and it was close until the halfway mark of the final quarter. Tied at 89-all with 5:26 to go in the game, the Grizzlies unleashed a 12-4 run highlighted by a Green three-pointer with under two minutes to go in the game. The Grizzlies held on to the lead and the victory to notch back-to-back wins after a season-high four-game losing skid.
The Timberwolves were led by Zach Lavine’s 25 points and Andrew Wiggins’ 21 points. Rookie Karl-Anthony Towns had 14 points and 9 rebounds.
Minnesota actually shot the ball well in this one making 41-of-82 shots from the field (50.0 percent) but allowed 33 points to Memphis in the crucial fourth quarter. The Grizzlies shot 40-of-71 field goals overall (56.3 percent) including 9-of-17 from behind the arc (52.9 percent) and 25-of-27 from the free throw line (92.6 percent).
Memphis aims for their longest winning streak of the season when they host Russell Westbrook and the Kevin Durant-less Oklahoma City Thunder Monday.
The Timberwolves play on the road Tuesday when they face the Miami Heat and will try to snap a four-game losing streak.