The Memphis Grizzlies clawed again from a 26-point deficit to stun the Minnesota Timberwolves 104-95 on Thursday and take a 2-1 lead of their NBA playoff collection.
Down 26 factors within the second quarter and 25 with 3:10 left within the third, the Grizzlies held their nerve in Minneapolis, the place they out-scored the Timberwolves 37-12 within the fourth quarter to match the fourth-largest comeback in NBA playoff historical past.
Desmond Bane scored 26 factors and Brandon Clarke added 20 — 12 of them within the fourth quarter — off the bench for Memphis.
Ja Morant related on simply 5 of 18 photographs from the sphere however put collectively a triple-double of 16 factors, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for Memphis, who used a 21-0 fourth-quarter scoring run to show the tables on the Timberwolves.
“Everyone stayed with it, stayed resilient all through the entire total recreation,” Bane mentioned. “Whether or not we have been up, down, no matter — it was sufficient to get it completed.”
Minnesota led 47-21 with 10:28 left within the second quarter when the Grizzlies mounted their first cost, trimming the deficit to seven factors at halftime.
The Timberwolves regained the higher hand with a fast begin to the third quarter, taking a 73-50 lead on Jaden McDaniels’ three-pointer with 4:28 left within the interval.
D’Angelo Russell’s three-pointer with 3:10 left within the third put Minnesota up 79-54, and regardless of the Grizzlies’ scoring surge to finish the interval they trailed by 16 going into the fourth.
Bane drilled a three-pointer with 8:33 to play to cap a 21-0 scoring run that tied the sport at 83-83.
Tyus Jones drained a three-pointer to place Memphis up for the primary time, 86-85, and so they didn’t path once more.
“It was simply effort and combating,” Clarke mentioned. “We have been down by, like 25, it was wanting unhealthy. However our staff has all the time discovered a manner this 12 months.”
Russell led the Timberwolves with 22 factors, however he missed all three of his photographs from the sphere in a scoreless fourth and teammate Karl-Anthony Cities, restricted by foul hassle and aggressive protection from the Grizzlies, was held to only eight factors.
“It’s an emotional victory — coming from being down loads,” Bane mentioned, however he cautioned that there was nonetheless lots of work to do within the best-of-seven Western Convention collection.
“We’ve bought to maintain our heads. It’s first to 4.”
Brunson powers Mavs
In Salt Lake Metropolis, the Dallas Mavericks took a 2-1 lead over the Utah Jazz of their collection with a 126-118 victory.
Jalen Brunson shook off a sore again to attain 31 factors for Dallas.
Spencer Dinwiddie scored 10 of his 20 within the fourth quarter and Maxi Kleber added 17 because the Mavericks held off the Jazz regardless of once more enjoying with out injured star Luka Doncic, who has missed all three video games of the collection to date with a calf pressure however seems set to return for recreation 4.
Donovan Mitchell scored 28 of his 32 factors within the second half for Utah, who minimize the deficit to at least one level on Mike Conley’s three-pointer with 6:42 left within the fourth quarter, however couldn’t get in entrance.
“Crucial factor was sticking collectively,” mentioned Brunson, who appeared to harm his again within the second quarter after Royce O’Neale collided with him.
He briefly left the courtroom however returned to finish one other large recreation.
“It is a robust place to play,” Brunson mentioned. “Their followers are nice for them. Once they had their runs, we didn’t fold.”