MEMPHIS – Point guard Mike Conley scored 25 points and made nine assists for the Memphis Grizzlies as they beat Minnesota Timberwolves 108-106 at the FedEx Forum on Tuesday.
Small forward Justin Holiday scored two free throws with 0.1 seconds before the buzzer, helping the Grizzlies to their second consecutive win and improve their record to 22-33, although they remain second from bottom in 14th place in the Western Conference after racking up seven defeats in their last 10.
Holiday scored a total of 17 points for Memphis, while rookie power forward Jaren Jackson Jr. netted 23.
Second year forward Ivan Rabb also got in on the scoring, putting up 19 points as well as making 11 rebounds.
“It felt good, I was so happy that we played well. My buckets came in and i got some rebounds, but it was all about the team,” Rabb told reporters in the locker room after the game.
Marc Gasol was rested for the game, while media reports suggest that the Grizzlies are in talks with Charlotte Hornets over a possible transfer of the Spanish player.
The last minute manner of the defeat was particularly heartbreaking for Minnesota, who had fought back from 19 points down to be beaten at the buzzer by a pair of free throws.
For the Timberwolves, Dominican center Karl Anthony Towns posted a double-double of 26 points and 18 rebounds.
Towns was on court for 35 minutes, during which he made eight of 14 field goals, and made three assists.
Croatian substitute power forward Dario Saric scored 22 points, while Sudanese small forward Luol Deng, who also came off the bench, contributed 18 points, but neither could prevent their team from slipping to its second straight loss and a 25-28 record.
Minnesota’s inconsistent form, which has seen them lose six of their last 10 games remain in 11th place in the Western Conference.