The Timberwolves shock the Grizzlies and win Game 1 130-117
(AP) — MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Anthony Edwards was overjoyed to win his first postseason game of his professional career.
He and the rest of the Minnesota Timberwolves are now looking for a lot more.
The seventh-seeded Timberwolves defeated the No. 2 seed Memphis Grizzlies 130-117 on Saturday to take home-court advantage in the first round of their Western Conference series.
Edwards, the first overall pick in the 2020 draught, remarked, “We’re putting on another show.” “That’s all there is to it.” Putting on another spectacle and making an effect.”
Karl-Anthony Towns, the All-Star centre, chipped up with 29 points and 13 rebounds. Jaden McDaniels had 15 points and Malik Beasley had 23. D’Angelo Russell and Patrick Beverley both had ten points.
The Timberwolves won their first playoff game since 2004 by defeating the Los Angeles Clippers in the play-in game. On their path to the Western Conference finals, they overcame Denver in the first round.
Walking away with a confidence-boosting victory, Towns added, was a terrific sensation.
Towns remarked, “We performed a lot of minor things that are required to win.” “We should be quite pleased with ourselves.”
The second game will be held in Memphis on Tuesday night.
Memphis was led by Ja Morant, who had 32 points and eight assists, and Dillon Brooks, who had 24 points. Off the bench, Brandon Clarke produced 13 points and 12 rebounds. Jaren Jackson Jr. had 12 points and Desmond Bane had 17.
“I think we were responsible for the most of it,” Morant remarked. “That’s why we were defeated.”
Memphis won 56 games in the regular season, tying the franchise record, and earning its best seed ever. For just their third Game 1 in Memphis, the Grizzlies enjoyed a sold-out Fed Ex Forum. However, after a week off, they struggled early and only led by two points twice, the last of which came midway through the second quarter.
Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins stated, “We did our hardest to be ready, but it’s been a minute since we played.” “However, we must come out ready to go. In the first quarter, we didn’t, and we suffered the price.”
The Timberwolves established franchise records for points in both the first quarter and the game in this clash of the NBA’s top-scoring offences and two of the league’s youngest teams this season. Memphis was also stifled by their 3-point shooting, rebounding, and defence.
The Timberwolves seemed to be a club that needed a win to secure its playoff seeding on Tuesday night. They went on a 9-2 run to start the game and led by as much as 13 points before taking a 41-33 lead for the team’s highest-scoring first quarter in franchise history.
Timberwolves: They surpassed the 121 points scored against Houston on April 21, 2018, in the lone game of the series that they won. Their first quarter surpassed the 32 points they scored against the Lakers in Game 2 of the Western Conference playoffs on May 23, 2004. … Towns’ double-double was his 43rd of the season. In the third quarter, Russell had five assists. However, he shot 2 of 11 for eight points after scoring 37 in his last game against Memphis in February.
Grizzlies: Through the first three quarters, Jackson established a franchise playoff record with seven blocks. Marc Gasol’s six blocks against Oklahoma City on May 13, 2013, were the previous high. Clarke’s double-double was his sixth of the season… Steven Adams and Michael Jackson had a combined total of seven nominations.
EXPERIENCE IN THE PLAYOFFS
The Grizzlies are hoping to use their own postseason experience now that they are down 0-1. Last year, Memphis won two play-in games before going on to win the first-round series against Utah. The Grizzlies went on to lose the next four games.
“Last year, we were in the same boat,” Morant remarked. “A series can quickly spiral out of control.”
A SECOND PROTESTOR
With 4:44 remaining in the second quarter, a lady shackled herself to the hoop stanchion and called a timeout. The lady was dressed in a blue shirt, indicating that she was with an animal rights organisation protesting a Minnesota co-factory owner’s farms, similar to the woman who fastened herself to the Timberwolves’ play-in game earlier this week.
Zoe Rosenburg, 19, wore a chain around her neck and fastened herself to the back of the Timberwolves’ bench’s basket closets. After security workers removed the chain from around her neck, she was brought to the rear and escorted out of the arena. She was arrested and is being detained at the Shelby County prison on charges of disorderly conduct and trespassing as of Saturday night.