Memphis 90, Minnesota 86

Boxscore | Recap
Wednesday, January 4, 2012 8:00 PM
Location - Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Officials - # Nick Buchert, #55 Bill Kennedy, #59 Gary Zielinski
Attendance - 17404

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Memphis 20 23 14 33 90
Minnesota 14 23 22 27 86

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Memphis 3-3 2-1 1-2 W2
Minnesota 2-4 2-3 0-1 L1

Recap


Tony Allen scored 20 points in a perfect shooting performance and Rudy Gay added 19 points to help the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 90-86 on Wednesday night.

Allen was 8 of 8 from the floor and hit all four of his attempts from the free-throw line.

O.J. Mayo scored 14 points off the bench and Mike Conley had 12 and eight assists for the Grizzlies, playing their first game since learning that All-Star forward Zach Randolph will miss up to two months with a knee ligament tear.

Kevin Love led the Timberwolves with 27 points and 14 rebounds for his league-leading sixth double-double of the season. Rookie Ricky Rubio finished with 12 points and 10 assists in a season-high 32 minutes.

The Grizzlies overcame a five-point deficit in the fourth quarter with a 13-0 run that concluded when Mayo’s free throw made it 76-68 with 4:07 remaining.

Love would cut the lead to 78-76 with a 3-pointer from the wing with 1:45 to play. The Timberwolves then had a chance to tie or go ahead when Anthony Tolliver’s errant pass was intercepted by Conley and led to an Allen layup the other way for the four-point lead.

Rubio nailed a 3 to get it to 84-83 with 16.5 seconds to go but Mayo later made two free throws for an 88-85 cushion. Minnesota's Luke Ridnour was then fouled and made his first free throw before being called for a lane violation while attempting to intentionally miss the second.

Top Game Performances

Memphis   Minnesota
Tony Allen 20 Scoring Kevin Love 27
Mike Conley 8 Assists Ricky Rubio 10
Marc Gasol 10 Rebounds Kevin Love 14
Mike Conley 6 Free Throws Made Luke Ridnour 4
Mike Conley 3 Steals Luke Ridnour 2
Tony Allen 1 Blocks Kevin Love 2

Team Stats Summary

Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Memphis 90 41.2 3-9 21-25 16 46 2 13 12
Minnesota 86 40.2 7-21 13-24 15 50 3 5 17

Upcoming Games

  • Minnesota will play their next game at home against Cleveland. The Timberwolves have a W/L % of .333 after a win and .333 after a loss.
  • Memphis will play their next game on the road against Utah . The Grizzlies have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .500 after a loss.
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