Timberwolves 111, Grizzlies 102
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Kevin Garnett had 30 points and 14 rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves overcame their second consecutive slow start to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 111-102 Friday night.
The Wolves trailed by as many as 11 points in the first half but used a 32-9 run that bridged the second and third quarters to pull away.
Garnett hit his first five shots in the second half as Minnesota built a lead that reached 18 in the fourth quarter. The Wolves hit eight of their first nine shots in the second half, while the Grizzlies made just one of their first nine.
Wally Szczerbiak added 22 points for the Wolves.
Minnesota had used a 15-0 second-quarter run to erase an early deficit in its season-opening win over Philadelphia on Tuesday. The Wolves have started the regular season 2-0 for only the second time in their 13 seasons. They won their first two games in 1997, both at home.
Rookie Shane Battier scored 22 points to lead Memphis.
Battier matched his seven-point total from the team’s first game in just 4 minutes and scored 15 points in the first quarter as the Grizzlies took an eight-point lead after one.
But the Wolves closed the first half with a 19-7 run to lead 57-56 at halftime.
Notes: The Wolves were beginning their first of 19 sets of back-to-back games of the year, as the team travels to Houston on Saturday. Minnesota was 3-14 last season in the second half of back-to-back games. ... Wolves guard Chauncey Billups played with a bandage over his left eye after taking an inadvertent elbow from teammate Rasho Nesterovic in practice Thursday. Billups needed two stitches. ... Battier returned to the city in which he played his final two college games. He scored 18 points for Duke in an 82-72 victory over Arizona in the national championship game at the Metrodome. ... Minnesota won 20 of the 24 games in the series against the Vancouver Grizzlies.