Timberwolves topple Grizzlies

Sat Jan 23, 2016 11:55pm EST
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(The Sports Xchange) - Minnesota Timberwolves interim coach Sam Mitchell has been urging his team to get out in transition virtually all season and against the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday, he got what he was looking for.

The Timberwolves exploded for 37 points in the second quarter and then held on late for a 106-101 win.

The loss ended a four-game winning streak for Memphis, who entered the night winning six of seven overall.

"Everyone thinks it's easy to just roll the ball out there and say 'run it,'" Mitchell said.

"There's a time in the meat of the game where you have to play (half-court offense), take your lumps and go to the hole and take your beating. But early in the game, why would you want to do that?

"We had (21) points in transition at the half and that got us in a rhythm of being aggressive."

Despite a double-digit lead heading to the fourth quarter, the Timberwolves did not make it easy on themselves.

The Grizzlies had chances down the stretch to take the lead but were never able to overcome the Timberwolves, who led by as many as 16 points in the first half.

Trailing by one with 35 seconds left, the Grizzlies had the ball to inbound in the offensive end of the court but were called for a five-second violation.   Continued...