MINNEAPOLIS — Ja Morant had 37 points and 10 assists and the Memphis Grizzlies held on for a 139-135 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.
Memphis overcame a big game from Timberwolves rookie Anthony Edwards, who tied his career-high with 42 points.
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After trailing for much of the second half, Minnesota finally took a 128-127 lead on a Towns 3-point play with 3:04 remaining. Morant answered with a step-back 3-pointer over Towns, and Memphis never trailed again.
Towns attempted a cross-court pass that went out of bounds with 1:43 remaining. Morant responded with a jumper at the other end. Bane later connected from downtown for a 135-130 Memphis lead with 55.5 seconds to play.
Minnesota previously used a 16-2 run in the third quarter to take a 93-88 lead. Keying the run was a sequence from Edwards in which he scored a transition dunk and immediately stole the inbounds pass for another basket.
Memphis answered Minnesota’s run, thanks in part to a pair of 3-point plays by Morant. The Grizzlies took a 107-103 lead into the fourth with a 17-8 run and never trailed in the fourth.
Edwards set a Minnesota rookie record for most 3-pointers in a game when he hit his seventh 3 in the fourth quarter. He was 8 of 9.
Edwards became the youngest player in NBA history to make 150 3-pointers. . Edwards now has 31 20-point games this season, two shy of tying Christian Laettner for Minnesota’s rookie record.