MINNEAPOLIS – Jonas Valanciunas had 24 points and 16 rebounds, Grayson Allen scored a season-high 20 off the bench, and the Memphis Grizzlies came back Wednesday night to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 118-107.
Brandon Clarke added 19 points for Memphis, which surpassed Minnesota 38-17 in the fourth quarter to win its third straight game.
The Grizzlies played without Ja Morant for the eighth game in a row and had a 50-21 lead in points from the bench. De'Anthony Melton scored 15 and rookie Xavier Tillman came in with 12.
"Our boys kept fighting, fighting through and when a window opened to attack, we took advantage," said Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins.
Malik Beasley had 28 points for Minnesota. D'Angelo Russell added 25 and Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 25 points and 14 rebounds.
The teams continue on Friday with a run of two games in Minnesota.
"Should be more physical," said Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders. "That's a physical group out there. Should be more physical, clear and simple. Be proud to guard the ball. Be proud to protect the rim."
The two youngest clubs in the NBA starting this season are still trying to find their way through injuries and ineffectiveness, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Morant is limited to three games due to a left ankle sprain, while Justice Winslow and Jaren Jackson Jr. have not played this season.
“It's always been the next man,” Allen said. & # 39; We just have a bunch of hoopers on this team. It makes it easy to get in different groups and just play. We have a bunch of guys playing the right way, that makes it easy. "
Towns has missed seven games after dislocating his left wrist. The Wolves were winless without their big man in the middle before beating San Antonio on Sunday with Towns sitting out the second game from back-to-back.
With Towns on the bench to start the fourth, Memphis went on a 14-0 run to take a 94-92 lead. Allen hit a pair of three-pointers in the sprint when the Grizzlies' bench took advantage again.
The wolves went to their starters to turn the tide, but couldn't keep Valanciunas down while the Grizzlies increased their defensive pressure.
"We didn't play a defense in the fourth," Towns said.
Grizzlies: After scoring 20 plus points in two consecutive games, Dillon Brooks was limited to nine on 4-of-15 shots. … Valanciunas set season highs in points and rebounds. He had eight attack boards. … G John Konchar was doubtful with an ankle sprained on the left side, but was active.
Timberwolves: In his second game back from a hamstring injury, Josh Okogie returned to the starting lineup, with Jarrett Culver coming off the bench. It was the seventh different starting line-up in 11 games for Minnesota this season. … V Jake Layman missed the game for personal reasons. … The Wolves had 13 sales against seven for Memphis.
PLAYING THE PAINT
Led by Valanciunas, the Grizzlies scored 80 points in the paint.
“One thing we're talking about is going downhill, getting a bit of paint in different ways and with different players,” said Jenkins. "We have a lot of guys who can really show up. That is our M.O. and we know if we can do that, that eventually opens up more outside views that we photograph with confidence."