Minnesota capturing guard Jimmy Butler, who had a recreation-excessive 30 factors, launched an off-stability three-level try on the buzzer that may have tied the sport, however the shot missed.
Memphis (eight-15) gained for the primary time since Nov. 7 at Portland, prevailing for the primary time beneath interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff. The earlier head coach, David Fizdale, was fired final week.
Gasol additionally had seven rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Tyreke Evans, who hit two free throws with 12.7 seconds left to provide the Grizzlies a 3-level cushion, completed with sixteen factors, 9 assists, 5 rebounds and three blocks.
Ahead JaMychal Inexperienced gave the Grizzlies 14 factors and 9 rebounds, and James Ennis scored thirteen factors off the bench.
Minnesota (14-eleven) received 14 factors from ahead Taj Gibson and 12 every from ahead Andrew Wiggins and guard Jeff Teague. Middle Karl Anthony-Cities had a recreation-excessive eleven rebounds with seven factors.
Minnesota shot forty four.three % from the ground and went four of 17 (23.5 %) from three-level vary. Memphis shot forty seven.2 % from the sector whereas going 6 of 21 (28.6 %) from lengthy distance.
The Grizzlies had a 24-eight edge on fastbreak factors and owned a forty one-34 rebounding edge.
Memphis was up fifty six-fifty three at halftime, however Butler led the person scoring with 17 factors.
NOTES: Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau solely used eight gamers Sunday in a 112-106 house victory over the Los Angeles Clippers within the first night time of a again-to-again set. Each starter performed at the least 35 minutes. Coming into the Monday recreation F Andrew Wiggins was tied for third within the NBA in minutes per recreation at 37.zero, and SG Jimmy Butler was seventh at 36.5. … The Grizzlies’ fourth-quarter rally in Cleveland fell brief Saturday night time as they misplaced 116-111, their eleventh straight defeat. The trouble, nevertheless, caught Thibodeau’s discover. “Cleveland’s the most well liked staff within the league, they usually simply might have gained that recreation,” he stated, including, “You aren’t getting right here accidentally, so in case you get to the NBA, you are a fantastic participant. Each workforce on this league is able to profitable.”