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Gasol, Conley lead Grizzlies past Timberwolves, 100-87

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) With Mike Conley finally healthy to rejoin teammate Marc Gasol, and adding 6-foot-11, 242-poound rookie Jaren Jackson Jr., the Memphis Grizzlies have gone back to their long-trusted approach of physical defense.

It has got Memphis winning again, too.

Gasol had 26 points and 13 rebounds, Conley added 18 points and nine assists and the Grizzlies pulled away to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 100-87 on Sunday.

Memphis, which entered the game with the second-most points off turnovers in the NBA, forced Minnesota into 20 turnovers and turned them into 19 points in winning for the fifth time in six games.

''That's what gives us the best chance to win against any team,'' Gasol said about the physical style. ''I think that's who we try to be consistently. Obviously last year was a little glitch in the system, but for the past what, 10, 11, 12 years, this team has taken pride on being a very physical team, and that's what gives us the best chance to win.''

Gasol's shooting helped the Grizzlies overcome their own sluggish offensive start. He was 4 of 7 from 3-point range and Memphis hit 12 overall.

''It's a game-changer,'' Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff said of Gasol's outside shooting. ''Those shots break games open for you.''

Gasol scored 18 points in the second half.

Karl-Anthony Towns had 15 points and 20 rebounds for the Timberwolves. They had won three straight games since trading Jimmy Butler to Philadelphia.

''There was a physicality to the game that we probably didn't respond to as well as we could have or should have,'' Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau said.

The Wolves entered the game with the second-fewest turnovers in the NBA at 12.5 per game, but the Grizzlies were active early and forced Minnesota into eight turnovers in the first quarter. The Wolves had averaged 113 points per game in winning the first three games of the homestand after trading Butler.

''They play slow,'' Minnesota forward Robert Covington said. ''They played a part in it. We can't allow them to dictate our pace. We got to get the ball out, in transition we need to use our athleticism. Tonight, we weren't able to do that.''

Dario Saric, who came over from the 76ers along with Covington, hit three 3-pointers and scored 11 points in the fourth. Saric hit a 3 to draw the Wolves within eight points, but Gasol hit a pair of 3s on consecutive possessions after a timeout.

TIP-INS

Grizzlies: Memphis is 26-8 against Minnesota over the past decade. . The Grizzlies shot 33.3 percent in the first quarter and had six of their 12 turnovers. ... Memphis has won two in a row on the road for the first time since March 15-16, 2017.

Timberwolves: Minnesota held Memphis to 17 points in the first quarter, a season low for a Wolves opponent in any quarter. ... Derrick Rose scored a team-high 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting off the bench for Minnesota. ... The Wolves are 7-2 at home. . Towns had his fifth double-double in the past seven games.

GREEN RETURNS

Forward JaMychal Green returned to the Grizzlies' lineup after missing 12 games with a broken jaw. Bickerstaff said he wanted to use Green in short increments. Off the bench, Green had eight points and eight rebounds in 21 minutes.

''I felt a little rust, got to get my legs back underneath me,'' Green said. ''But other than that, it was just fun to be out there. We played great defense tonight, we got a lot of stops. We're moving the ball well offensively.''

UP NEXT

Grizzlies: Return home Monday night for the second game of the back-to-back against Dallas.

Timberwolves: Finish their five-game homestand Wednesday night against Denver.

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Key Players
M. Gasol
33 C
K. Towns
32 C
33.6 Min. Per Game 33.6
20.2 Pts. Per Game 20.2
2.1 Ast. Per Game 2.1
11.7 Reb. Per Game 11.7
45.5 Field Goal % 48.2
44.8 Three Point % 47.9
71.4 Free Throw % 91.8
+ 2 Karl-Anthony Towns made dunk, assist by Dario Saric 0:22
+ 2 Garrett Temple made layup, assist by Kyle Anderson 0:34
  Defensive rebound by Mike Conley 0:39
  Andrew Wiggins missed jump shot 0:43
+ 1 Mike Conley made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:50
+ 1 Mike Conley made 1st of 2 free throws 0:50
  Personal foul on Andrew Wiggins 0:50
+ 2 Karl-Anthony Towns made dunk 0:56
  Robert Covington missed driving layup 0:57
  Defensive rebound by Karl-Anthony Towns 1:12
  Marc Gasol missed 2nd of 2 free throws 1:14
Team Stats
Points 100 87
Field Goals 35-82 (42.7%) 31-79 (39.2%)
3-Pointers 12-28 (42.9%) 12-29 (41.4%)
Free Throws 18-25 (72.0%) 13-16 (81.3%)
Total Rebounds 48 57
Offensive 10 9
Defensive 33 39
Team 5 9
Assists 26 20
Steals 11 8
Blocks 9 3
Turnovers 12 20
Fouls 20 20
Technicals 0 1
26 PTS, 13 REB, 3 AST
15 PTS, 20 REB, 2 AST
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away team logo Grizzlies 10-5 17302825100
home team logo Timberwolves 7-10 2023192587
Team Stats
away team logo Grizzlies 10-5 102.7 PPG 41.2 RPG 23.8 APG
home team logo Timberwolves 7-10 112.4 PPG 45.3 RPG 24.5 APG
Key Players
M. Gasol C PPG RPG APG FG%
D. Rose PG 18.0 PPG 2.7 RPG 4.3 APG 48.2 FG%
Top Scorers
M. Gasol C 26 PTS 13 REB 3 AST
D. Rose PG 18 PTS 3 REB 3 AST
42.7 FG% 39.2
42.9 3PT FG% 41.4
72.0 FT% 81.3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
M. Gasol 26 13 3 8/13 4/7 6/10 3 35 2 3 2 3 10 +14 48
M. Conley 18 1 8 5/12 2/5 6/6 1 35 0 0 2 0 1 +21 33
J. Jackson Jr. 13 2 1 6/10 1/2 0/0 3 18 0 3 3 1 1 +7 17
G. Temple 8 8 1 3/9 1/2 1/2 4 33 2 0 1 1 7 +21 19
K. Anderson 4 3 7 2/4 0/1 0/0 4 31 2 1 1 0 3 +11 23
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
M. Gasol 26 13 3 8/13 4/7 6/10 3 35 2 3 2 3 10 +14 48
M. Conley 18 1 8 5/12 2/5 6/6 1 35 0 0 2 0 1 +21 33
J. Jackson Jr. 13 2 1 6/10 1/2 0/0 3 18 0 3 3 1 1 +7 17
G. Temple 8 8 1 3/9 1/2 1/2 4 33 2 0 1 1 7 +21 19
K. Anderson 4 3 7 2/4 0/1 0/0 4 31 2 1 1 0 3 +11 23
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
S. Mack 12 1 2 5/10 2/4 0/0 1 27 1 0 0 0 1 +4 18
J. Green 8 8 1 3/9 0/0 2/2 2 21 1 2 1 4 4 +8 20
O. Casspi 6 1 0 1/4 1/2 3/5 0 10 2 0 0 0 1 -1 9
M. Brooks 5 4 3 2/7 1/4 0/0 0 12 1 0 1 0 4 -2 15
I. Rabb 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 -3 1
W. Selden Jr. 0 1 0 0/3 0/1 0/0 1 10 0 0 1 0 1 -15 0
C. Parsons - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Y. Watanabe - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Carter - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Brooks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 100 43 26 35/82 12/28 18/25 20 234 11 9 12 10 33 +65 203
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
R. Covington 15 2 2 5/11 4/8 1/2 2 37 4 1 0 0 2 -16 26
K. Towns 15 20 2 6/10 1/1 2/2 5 38 0 1 4 3 17 -11 36
A. Wiggins 14 2 4 6/18 1/4 1/2 4 33 0 0 4 0 2 -15 20
T. Gibson 5 4 0 1/5 0/0 3/4 2 19 1 0 2 4 0 -15 8
J. Teague 2 4 4 1/9 0/2 0/0 1 29 1 0 3 1 3 -18 12
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
R. Covington 15 2 2 5/11 4/8 1/2 2 37 4 1 0 0 2 -16 26
K. Towns 15 20 2 6/10 1/1 2/2 5 38 0 1 4 3 17 -11 36
A. Wiggins 14 2 4 6/18 1/4 1/2 4 33 0 0 4 0 2 -15 20
T. Gibson 5 4 0 1/5 0/0 3/4 2 19 1 0 2 4 0 -15 8
J. Teague 2 4 4 1/9 0/2 0/0 1 29 1 0 3 1 3 -18 12
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Rose 18 3 3 6/11 2/4 4/4 0 29 1 0 2 0 3 +3 26
D. Saric 14 3 1 4/10 4/7 2/2 4 28 1 0 3 0 3 +2 17
G. Dieng 2 6 0 1/2 0/1 0/0 2 9 0 1 2 0 6 -2 7
T. Jones 2 4 4 1/3 0/2 0/0 0 14 0 0 0 1 3 +7 14
A. Tolliver - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Bayless - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Nunnally - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Bates-Diop - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Terrell - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Okogie - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Deng - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 87 48 20 31/79 12/29 13/16 20 236 8 3 20 9 39 -65 166