MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 30: Jerryd Bayless #8 of the Minnesota Timberwolves dribbles the ball past Mike Conley #11 of the Memphis Grizzlies during overtime at Target Center on January 30, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 99-97 in overtime. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images) /
The Minnesota Timberwolves were able to come away with a win in overtime against the Memphis Grizzlies. Here’s a look at what this nail-biter entailed.
The Minnesota Timberwolves were able to come away with a win in overtime to the Memphis Grizzlies by a final score of 99-97.
While Karl-Anthony Towns did not play well overall, he did hit the game-winner as time expired in overtime.
Even though this isn’t technically the Grit ‘N’ Grind Grizzlies from a few years ago, their opponents can still expect a slow paced, grit n’ grind type of game. That’s what happened on Wednesday night as Minnesota was unable to score 100 points or more for the first time since Dec. 21 against the San Antonio Spurs.
Jerryd Bayless finished with a team-high 19 points and was the best player on the court for the Wolves in this one. The team as a whole finished the night shooting 37-of-95 from the field (38.9 percent) and just 8-for-35 from 3-point range (22.9 percent). They also lost the rebound battle by 10, but a large part of that was because of Towns’ foul trouble and the fact that he only played 26 minutes.
Minnesota is now 25-26 on the season and currently sits 11th in the Western Conference, only three games behind the Los Angeles Clippers and the No. 8 spot. Winning games like this against teams lower on the totem pole help the Wolves case towards getting into the playoffs for the second consecutive season.
The rest of the players
Anthony Tolliver picked up the most minutes tonight off the bench, adding 24 to his season total. It was a bit of a surprise coming on the heels of a DNP-CD on Sunday against Utah, but he scored 10 points and added four rebounds in this one.
Isaiah Canaan played his first game in a Timberwolves uniform and it went about as you might expect. He scored three points and finished with an abysmal -17 in the 13 minutes he did play.
Things aren’t going to be any easier for the Timberwolves in their next game; they will be back home at the Target Center against the Denver Nuggets on Saturday, Feb. 2 to face Denver. The Nuggets are 35-15 and sit second in the Western Conference.
This will be the second meeting these two have squared off in this season, with Denver winning the first one in a nail-biter by a score of 103-101.