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Wolves go cold at end in loss to Grizzlies, 95-92

Kent Youngblood, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) on

Published in Basketball

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Monday evening the Timberwolves played a Memphis Grizzlies team that was on its second coach of the season, was without two of its top three players and was on an 11-game losing streak.

Perhaps you can guess where this is going.

The Wolves lost.

This time Jimmy Butler tried, but didn't have enough to win the game on his own. And the rest of the Wolves? Too many misses and too few stops.

As a result, the Grizzlies got their first win in 12 games, interim head coach J.B. Bickerstaff got his first win in Memphis and the Wolves ended the second half of back-to-back games with a 95-92 loss.

Butler scored 30 points -- his second straight game with 30 or more. And he had nine of those in the fourth. But his turnover late sealed the Wolves loss. And his off-balance three as time expired was a bad result coming out of a time out and had no chance from the moment it left his hands.

 

The Grizzlies were led by Marc Gasol's 21 points. JaMychal Green had 14 and Tyreke Evans had 16.

Taj Gibson had 14 points for the Wolves, Andrew Wiggins and Jeff Teague 12 each. Gorgui Dieng scored 10 off the bench.

Down 84-79 after Green hit a jumper with 9:04 left, Butler kind of took over.

He scored, was fouled and made the free throw. Tyus Jones stole the ball and scored. Then Butler went end-to-end for a basket with 6:47 left that put the Wolves up 86-84.

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