The Grizzlies ended their six-game losing streak against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday afternoon, 115–107. Unlikely heroes emerged for the team, which played without Ja Morant (back soreness), Kyle Anderson (heel soreness) and big man Jonas Valanciunas (illness). To make matters worse, Brandon Clarke also left the game with an aggravated hip injury.
Taylor Jenkins had clear instructions for his short-handed team on the road: "I hit the guys with a simple message that we were going to have some funky lineups up there and I just need guys going up there and competing," he said. "That's what we're all about and that's what we need to get back to and I'm super proud of them. To come out here against a playoff team, with a high level back-and-forth for our guys to dig down for 48 minutes it created energy for us and that's the positive spirit we need to have, win or lose and to come out on top of that, cements the recipe we're talking about."
With today's win, the @memgrizz remained undefeated this season (5-0) when Dillon Brooks (26 points today) scores 20+ points.— Grizzlies PR (@GrizzliesPR) December 1, 2019
Bruno Caboclo and De'Anthony Melton played significant minutes to help their team secure the victory. Caboclo added 12 points and 13 rebounds in 29 minutes for his first double-double of the season. With 12 pts and 10 rebounds in the 2nd half, Caboclo became the first reserve to post a double-double in a single half since Zach Randolph in 2016. Melton ended the game with nine points, a team-high eight assists, seven rebounds, and two steals in 23 minutes.
DE’ANTHONY MELTON and BRUNO!!! All-Heart game for em. Stay ready so you don’t have to get ready (TA voice)— Chris Vernon (@ChrisVernonShow) December 1, 2019
The @memgrizz shot 40%+ from 3P range on 40+ 3PA *on the road* for the first time in franchise history in today's win over the @Timberwolves.— Grizzlies PR (@GrizzliesPR) December 1, 2019
This is the third time this has happened in franchise history (home or road) and the second time in a regulation game.
“We did whatever we had to get a win at this point — and stop the losing streak we had been on, said Jones.” We corrected what needed to be corrected and it says a lot about this team and how we are able to stick with it. We came on the road here and beat a good team.”
Grayson Allen had a good game off the bench with 13 points on 4-of-9 from the field and 3-of-6 from beyond the arc. Allen also grabbed five rebounds.
On what it was that resulted in a strong second half…
“I think we let it slip away in the second quarter. We didn’t get a bucket, they would score, we turned it over and our guys were pissed off. They realized we had this lead on the road and we needed to go win a ball game and they kept their spirits up. They recognized that wasn’t good enough to finish, let’s come out the second half with our foot on the gas pedal and they started it with defense. It was a back and forth game but our guys had that mentality and broke through with the right stops, execution, and effort.”
Dillon Brooks, Grizzlies guard
On using unfamiliar lineups, but having success…
“We practice and we practice hard. Everyone’s focused, everyone knows the plays. Everyone is professional and is ready to contribute when their time comes. With Ja [Morant] out, Brandon [Clarke] out, Kyle [Anderson] out, and JV [Jonas Valanciunas], guys stepped up.”
On how the team defended Karl-Anthony Towns…
“We pressured the heck out of him, we didn’t want him getting to his spots. We just contested every single three he had. You know, he shot 1-for-10, that was great. A tribute to Jaren [Jackson]’s contests, Bruno [Caboclo]’s contests and just playing physical with him.”Up Next