Minnesota Timberwolves fans were forced to watch their team end up on the wrong side of an epic choke as the Memphis Grizzlies won 104-95 and took a 2-1 series lead.
The Timberwolves had lead for the entire game until midway through the fourth quarter and were up by as many 25 points at one stage in the third, but simply couldn’t hold off a resilient Grizzlies outfit.
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The Timberwolves got off to a blistering start at the Target Center in Minneapolis and leapt out to a monster first quarter lead of 39-21 against the fancied No. 2 Western Conference seed.
Perhaps the most stunning moment to come from the first half arrived via Timberwolves guard Patrick Beverley.
The 33-year-old was at the top of the arc on the left side with the ball in hand, facing off against Grizzlies superstar Ja Morant.
Beverley sped to his right in an attempt to drive past Morant, but the Timberwolves guard slipped and fell but somehow kept the ball alive.
He cut back on the inside of Morant before tossing the ball up against the glass, only to re-collect the ball and push it into the hoop to complete the wild play.
For all of Minnesota’s offensive efforts in the opening quarter, the Grizzlies did their utmost to eradicate the deficit in the second as well as shackling the home side.
Memphis ended the half on a 15-0 run in a quarter in which they kept the Timberwolves to a measly 12 points, but it was not enough to nudge ahead of Minnesota who led 51-44 at the break.
However, Minnesota Chris Finch’s half-time team talk worked a charm as the Timberwolves returned to scoring form in the third, outscoring the Grizzlies 32-23 to take a 16-point lead into the final period.
Once again the Grizzlies came roaring back, evaporating the home side’s lead on the back of an incredible 21-0 run to start the fourth quarter.
Ultimately it was a 37-12 scoreline in the final period that handed the Grizzlies a famous comeback victory.
GRIZZLIES 104 TIMBERWOLVES 95 (MEM leads 2-1)
JAZZ v MAVERICKS (Series tied 1-1)
NUGGETS v WARRIORS (GSW leads 2-0)