Dillon Brooks and Desmond Bane scored 23 points each and the visiting Memphis Grizzlies used another fourth-quarter comeback to defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves, 114-106, in Game 6 and win their Western Conference first-round series on Friday, April 29 (Saturday, April 30, Manila time).
The Grizzlies, who trailed by as many as 13 points in the third quarter, outscored the Timberwolves 40-22 in the fourth, adding to two other victories in which they overcame double-digit deficits.
Jaren Jackson Jr. added 18 points and 14 rebounds, Brandon Clarke contributed 17 points and 11 rebounds, Ja Morant had 17 points and 11 assists, and Tyus Jones scored 10 for the second-seeded Grizzlies, who advance to face the third-seeded Golden State Warriors.
Game 1 is Sunday afternoon in Memphis.
Anthony Edwards scored 30, Jaden McDaniels added 24, Karl-Anthony Towns had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Patrick Beverley scored 10 for the Wolves.
Minnesota led by 10 after three quarters, but Jackson and Jones made back-to-back three-pointers to start the fourth-quarter scoring and pull Memphis within 84-80.
The Grizzlies got as close as 3 points before Jordan McLaughlin had a basket and 2 assists to help Minnesota take a 91-84 lead.
Brooks’ three-pointer pulled Memphis even at 97 before Edwards made 2 free throws to put Minnesota back in front.
Clarke made 1 of 2 free throws before Bane sank a three-pointer and Morant scored on a drive for a 103-99 Grizzlies lead with 2:25 left.
McDaniels sank a three-pointer, but Jones answered with his own triple.
McLaughlin scored on a drive, but Jackson answered with a dunk for a four-point edge with 36.3 seconds left. Morant and Jackson made 2 free throws each to seal the victory.
D’Angelo Russell scored the first 5 points of the third quarter as the Wolves pushed their three-point halftime lead to 57-49.
Towns scored 5 straight points as Minnesota extended the margin to 66-53.
Morant and Brooks scored 5 points each during a 12-0 run that pulled the Grizzlies within 69-68.
Beverley and McDaniels each made a three-pointer as the Wolves built a 12-point lead before taking an 84-74 edge into the fourth quarter.
The lead changed hands eight times in the first half before the Timberwolves a 52-49 lead into the break. – Rappler.com