Posted March 30, 2013 on AP on Fox
Marc Gasol scored 21 points and the Memphis Grizzlies pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 99-86 on Saturday night. Mike Conley scored 19, Zach Randolph 14 and Darrell Arthur had 12 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter for the Grizzlies, who ended a five-game road losing streak with their 11th straight victory over Minnesota. Ricky Rubio just missed his second career triple-double with 23 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. Derrick Williams added 19 points for the Timberwolves, who were playing without center Nikola Pekovic. He missed the game after spraining his left ankle Friday late in a victory over Oklahoma City after scoring 22 points and adding 15 rebounds. Arthur scored nine points during a 16-2 run to start the fourth quarter, including a 3-pointer and follow shot, to give the Grizzlies an 81-69 lead with 7 minutes to play. A long jumper and a 3-pointer by Quincey Pondexter stretched the lead to 86-73. The Grizzlies are 20-16 on the road, setting a franchise record for road wins in a season. Four of their next five are outside of Tennessee. Memphis, which entered the night a half-game behind the Los Angeles Clippers for fourth place in the tight Western Conference and one game behind third-place Denver, looked to build on some momentum gained from a 103-94 home win over Houston on Friday. Not only did Memphis start to hit shots, it also picked up its defensive intensity. Minnesota had just one basket, a 3-pointer by Rubio, in the opening five minutes of the fourth quarter, and also held the Wolves to 43.3 percent for the game. Rubio had nine points in the first quarter, including five during a 12-2 run that put Minnesota up 25-17. The Minnesota reserves pushed the lead to 37-26, including a desperation 3-pointer by Alexey Shved, before the Grizzlies tightened up on defense and went on a 13-2 run to get within one late in the first half. However, Rubio scored on a drive at the buzzer to give Minnesota a 50-45 halftime lead. NOTES: Minnesota coach Rick Adelman remains three wins shy of 1,000 for his career. ... Jerryd Bayless finished with two points for the Grizzlies. He'd been averaging 19.1 points in his last eight games. ... The Timberwolves had seven of their 17 turnovers in the third quarter and went 4 for 14 from the field in the period, scoring 17 points.
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