Grizzlies eliminate Timberwolves with win in Game 6
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Desmond Payne and Dillon Brooks each scored 23 points as the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 114-106 and won Game 6 again on Friday night.
Brandon Clark scored 17 points and 11 rebounds from the bench for a quiet night for star Ja Morant and another double-digit deficit of the Grizzlies in the fourth quarter.
The Grizzlies advanced to the playoffs for the first time in seven years, this time against the Golden State Warriors. They will host their first game in Memphis.
Anthony Edwards scored 16 of his 30 points in the first quarter for Minnesota. Jayden McDanillas had 24 points off the bench, while Carl-Anthony Towns had 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Morant went up 4-14 with 17 points and 11 assists.
When the Grizzlies take a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter and become the first team in NBA history to win so many games in the same playoff series, it feels right here – us – back in the 84-74 Wolves building. The advantage was a gap in the third quarter that passed quickly.
In the middle of the fourth game, Bane and Brooks each scored 3 points. After a total of 97 draws, Brooks committed an offense in just 26 seconds.
Bane then led 101-99 at 3-3 for the first time since the Grizzlies went up 39-38.
It was not long before Wolves fatal blow came, and like many others against the Grizzlies this season, he was always one step behind the glass.
Tyus Jones missed a double from the wing at that point, but the Grizzlies recovered and Morant made his second layup to lead 4 points.
Ant Goes Marching
The Grizzlies won just one game after the first quarter of the series, 33-32 in Game 2, and Edwards made sure they did not win another. In a big moment in the 2020 draft, he was the No. 1 overall pick with talent and talent, scoring 9 of the team’s first 11 points. Within about a minute of that stretch, he scored a three-pointer and blocked Morant’s layup with seconds left.
The crowd made contempt when the game operators showed a second-quarter table showing that Edwards and Morant were 16-0 at the time.
Beverly is Excited
With his energy, experience and perseverance, Patrick Beverly has been one of the most important Minnesota players on this team – an entire season, in fact. One of the infamous names in the NBA, Beverly was on the Grizzlies’ roster for a few days last summer’s trade from the Clippers to the Wolves and picked up quite a few big draft picks.
Morant grinned at the best player in the NBA, scored a three from the corner and put the Wolves up 69-56, and on the other hand scored a quick three. One shot, one offense. This led to the Grizzlies winning 12-0, with Beverly adding another 3.