The Memphis Grizzlies have been back in the Conference Semifinals for the first time in seven years. In game 6 at the Minnesota Timberwolves, the turn again in the final section, a double-digit deficit was still converted into a 114:10 success.
- Grizzlies vs. Timberwolves: The series at a glance
- Minnesota Timberwolves (7) – Memphis Grizzlies (2) 106: 114 (BoxScore), series: 2-4
- Anthony Edwards dominates the first half
- Wolves gamble away a lead again in the fourth quarter
Minnesota Timberwolves (7) – Memphis Grizzlies (2) 106: 114 (BoxScore), series: 2-4
Morant remained pale over long distances. The Point Guard put on a double double with 17 points (4/14 FG) and 11 Assists, but the MIP had only a single field goal on the habit. “I am tired, mentally and physically,” said Morant afterwards. “This series was a fight and with the exception of game 2, our victories were anything but beautiful, but we did our homework.”
Instead, the best scorers were Dillon Brooks (23, 9/19) and Desmond Bane (23, 9/15). Bane sank two important threesome in the fourth quarter, while Brooks fouled out six minutes before the end. A distance from Tyus Jones (10) in the final minute set +4 for the guests, Minnesota had no more answer. This was also true for Brandon Clarke (17, 11 rebounds, 5 offensive), who again annoyed the hosts under the boards. Jaren Jackson Jr. (17, 6/15, 14 rebounds) collected “only” 5 fouls this time.
The disappointment with the Wolves, on the other hand, was great, not least because of a two -digit tour. Anthony Edwards (30, 10/24) played great in the first half, after which bank player Jaden McDaniels (24, 8/9) was the best player in the Wolves.
Karl-Anthony Towns (18, 6/19, 10 rebounds) remained pale largely and only stabbed through a partly devastating throwing selection. D’Angelo Russell (7, 3/7, 3 steals, 4 tons) was even given in the fourth quarter.
Anthony Edwards dominates the first half
At the beginning it was the Edwards show that Morant hunted mercilessly and already had 16 points in the account after a quarter. Memphis was only with -1 behind because the three fell this time. Six of the first ten attempts fell, three of them went to Bane’s account, which among other things made Towns look very bad. Morant had not yet scored and also awarded two free throws.
It didn’t really get better for the Grizzlies star, but the hero made of game 5, Clarke, continued exactly where he had stopped. Minnesota could not control the BIG, but had the rest of the grizzlies under control. Edwards continued to deliver offense, but also made good plays on the defensive. Towns, on the other hand, was cleared several times, but still aged exemplary. The Wolves took a narrow lead into the cabin (52:49).
The first few minutes after the change were Kat, who felt it quickly and sometimes unpacked a no-look pass into the corner. The lead grew to 13 points before the grizzlies finally brought pace to its actions thanks to Morant and posted 12 points in a row. Memories of the mega comeback in game 3 were awakened, but bankers like Jordan McLaughlin and McDaniels put the hosts back on track. With 84:74 it went into the final section.
Wolves gamble away a lead again in the fourth quarter
There the grizz came back into striking distance with two fast threes, but it took the middle of the quarter before Bane equalized the game with his fourth three. Russell in particular was right for the Wolves in this phase with loss of ball, coach Chris Finch consequently put the ex-all star on the bench. At Memphis, on the other hand, Brooks fouled after a controversial offensive foul.
And yet another Bane triangle brought the grizzlies the first lead of the second half, Tyus Jones even increased 70 seconds before the end with the running clock from Downtown to +4. McLaughlin shortened, but Jackson Jr. countered by Leger and Patrick Beverley’s threesome was clearly too long. Morant brought the game home from the free -wire line.
Memphis now meets the Golden State Warriors in the Conference Semifinals and also enjoys home advantage in this series. Game 1 takes place on Sunday at 9:30 p.m. German time.
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Grizzlies vs. Timberwolves: The series at a glance
|1||16. April||9:30 p.m.||Memphis Grizzlies||Minnesota Timberwolves||117: 130|
|2||20. April||2.30 a.m.||Memphis Grizzlies||Minnesota Timberwolves||124: 96|
|3||22. April||1.30 a.m.||Minnesota Timberwolves||Memphis Grizzlies||95: 104|
|4||24. April||4 o’clock||Minnesota Timberwolves||Memphis Grizzlies||119: 118|
|5||27. April||1.30 a.m.||Memphis Grizzlies||Minnesota Timberwolves||111: 109|
|6||30. April||3 o’clock||Minnesota Timberwolves||Memphis Grizzlies||106: 114|