Grizzlies, Prince pound struggling Timberwolves

Updated: February 10, 2013

Tayshaun Prince poured in a game-high 18 points
on Sunday, as the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the injury-riddled Minnesota
Timberwolves, 105-88, at FedExForum.

Zach Randolph, Mike Conley and Austin Daye each donated 16 points, with
Randolph adding eight rebounds and Conley handing out eight assists for the
Grizzlies, who have won nine straight against Minnesota.

Marc Gasol stuffed the stat sheet with nine points, nine boards and eight
assists in Memphis’ second consecutive victory.

Ricky Rubio and Luke Ridnour recorded 17 points apiece to lead the
Timberwolves, who have lost four straight and 15 of their last 17 games.

Minnesota guard J.J. Barea sat out with a foot injury, while forward Andrei
Kirilenko missed his third straight game with a strained right quadriceps.
Forward Kevin Love remains sidelined because of right hand surgery.

Memphis held a slim, 21-20, edge after 12 minutes and the teams exchanged
buckets for much of the second until a late 8-0 Memphis sprint provided the
home team with a 40-32 lead with just under three minutes left in the half.

Ridnour quelled the spurt with a layup, but the Grizzlies closed the quarter
on a 7-3 swing to take a 47-37 cushion into the locker room.

Memphis continued its surge in the third, as the Grizzlies knocked down their
first five shots of the second half to build a 58-39 advantage less than three
minutes into the frame.

Minnesota got as close as 14 late in the quarter, but Memphis scored the last
six points of the stanza to take a comfortable 76-56 lead into the fourth.

The Grizzlies cruised in the final frame, as they led by double-digits
throughout the fourth en route to the victory.

Game Notes

Minnesota has lost eight in a row on the road to fall to 6-18 as the visitor
this season … Memphis improved to 20-8 at home … The Grizzlies are now
17-0 when scoring 97-plus points this season … Memphis outscored Minnesota,
20-4, in fast break points.