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  • May 31, 2019
    导出博客文章This early in the NBA season, its hard for teams to get familiar with each
    other. The Minnesota Timberwolves and Memphis Grizzlies are the exception.The
    two teams play in Memphis for the second time this season on Saturday night. It
    will be third regular-season meeting after Minnesota and Memphis also met in the
    preseason. The two teams have split the first two regular-season games, each
    winning on its home court.The Grizzlies (7-5) will be happy to head home after
    finishing a four-game road trip in Dallas on Friday night. Memphis finished the
    road trip with three straight wins after beating the Mavericks 80-64.I was happy
    to see our defense, Grizzlies coach David Fizdale said. I always tell the guys
    our defense will travel. Your offense dont always get on the plane with you. But
    our defense was really stingy tonight.Parsons return to Dallas was one of
    Fridays storylines. The familiarity between teams played a part in the first
    half, in which neither team scored more than 19 points in the first two
    quarters.We stopped being friendly, Fizdale said. If you watched the first
    quarter, everybody was having conversations with the other team like they were
    all pals. And we dont have the luxury to be buddies.I think we took it light,
    like thinking they didnt have their players, but this (Mavericks) is an NBA team
    with NBA players. We didnt show them respect by playing like that. So I got
    after them pretty good and they came out in the second half and got after
    it.Familiarity with Minnesota could breed contempt.The Timberwolves (4-7) opened
    the season at Memphis and led by as many as 17 early before losing 102-98 as the
    Grizzlies charged back. Minnesota won the second game handily 116-80 at home as
    Memphis rested point guard Mike Conley and center Marc Gasol.Fizdale didnt play
    any of his starters more than 32 minutes on Friday with the back-to-back
    scheduled against the Timberwolves.Memphis also got guard Tony Allen back after
    he missed four games with a strained right groin. Allen scored 11 points off the
    bench in Fridays win.Well have to wait and see how I feel tomorrow, Allen said.
    I thought I did a good job of icing and stretching. Ill get some rest tonight
    and see how I feel tomorrow.Minnesota has won three of its past five games,
    including Thursdays 110-86 dismantling of Philadelphia in which three players
    posted double-doubles. Andrew Wiggins scored 35 points and tied a career high
    with 10 rebounds. Karl-Anthony Towns had 25 points and 10 rebounds, and Gorgui
    Dieng added 12 points and 10 rebounds.I think we character this game as a point
    in the road that we have to look back and we have to understand and grow from
    this, Towns said. We held them to, I think, 33 points in the first half. Thats
    very good for us to do. Weve got to do a better job from here on out, especially
    in the third quarter.The Timberwolves started Friday as the sixth-highest
    scoring team in the league. They were also the highest-scoring team in the first
    quarter. But theyve been the worst in the third quarter, blowing several leads
    along the way.Wiggins has been the biggest factor in Minnesotas offensive surge.
    He has scored more than 30 points in three of his past six games. During that
    stretch, Wiggins has scored 33 points, grabbed 5.3 rebounds and passed out 3.5
    assists per game. He shot 50.7 percent from the field while taking 22.67 shots
    per game.There were times last year where I just drifted to the corner and
    stayed there, Wiggins said. I think Im just being more active. My awareness is
    higher. Im just doing more. Swell Flaske
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    . PAUL, Minn. LOS ANGELES -- Golden State lacked its usual outside
    shooting touch. The Warriors still had an easy time with the Clippers.Klay
    Thompson scored 24 points, Draymond Green added 22 points and the Warriors won
    115-98 Wednesday night for their seventh straight victory over Los
    Angeles.Stephen Curry had 19 points for Golden State, and Kevin Durant, who came
    in averaging a team-best 27.0 points, was held to 16 on 5-of-17 shooting.Curry
    failed to make a 3-pointer for just the second time this season, going 0 of 8.
    The Warriors were 7 of 30 from long range.You try to affect the games other ways
    when your shot is not falling, Curry said. Thats kind of the test. To stay
    locked in and not get frustrated because I know it wont happen that often. Wed
    like to make every shot every night and have that free-flowing offensive rhythm.
    But for us, if we can defend and not turn the ball over, were going to be in
    good shape most nights. Tonight was a testament to that.Jamal Crawford scored 21
    points for the Clippers, who have lost five of seven. Four of their seven
    overall losses have come at home.Our spirit wasnt right, said Chris Paul, who
    shot 7 of 14. We gave them a lot of baskets. A team that shoots as well as they
    do, we cant give them points.Blake Griffin struggled, scoring 12 points on
    5-of-20 shooting and while committing seven of the Clippers 14 turnovers. J.J.
    Redick had two points, well under his 15.5 average.I turned the ball over, I
    missed some easy shots, forced some bad shots, Griffin said. We got some work to
    do, obviously.The Warriors set a dominant tone in the first quarter when they
    shot 56 percent. They erased the Clippers one-point lead with a 28-9 run to lead
    37-19.Golden States defense smothered the Clippers shooters, who were held to 33
    percent in the first, and forced coach Doc Rivers to bring in his second unit.
    The reserves couldnt get anything going while Thompson, Curry and Green combined
    to score 15 consecutive points as part of Golden States big run.Great night
    defensively, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. If we defend like that and take
    care of the balll, even on a night when shots arent going in, we have a chance
    to win anywhere, even on the road against a great team.ddddddddddddrailing by 20
    early in the second quarter, the Clippers clawed back within seven on three
    3-pointers by Crawford, including a rainbow that just beat the shot clock. Paul
    added seven points and DeAndre Jordan dunked to get to 53-46. But just as
    quickly, the Warriors restored their lead to 62-49 at halftime, capped by Greens
    3-pointer.Even a 12-0 run by the Clippers only cut their deficit to 14 points
    late in the third after they fell behind by 27 earlier in the quarter. On the
    Warriors last possession, Curry and two teammates fell down but Kevon Looney
    still dunked to send them into the fourth leading 91-75.TIP-INSWarriors:
    Thompson was coming off his career-high 60-point performance against Indiana on
    Monday. He was 8 of 18 from the floor against the Clippers. ... They have won
    seven straight on the road. ... They shot 48 percent from the floor, just under
    their league-leading 50 percent.Clippers: Their losing streak to the Warriors is
    the teams longest active skid against any opponent. ... Their last win against
    the Warriors came on Christmas Day 2014 at home. ... Doc Rivers, Griffin and
    Paul each got technical fouls. ... Jordan is two rebounds away from 6,000 in his
    career. ... G Raymond Felton missed the game for unspecified family reasons and
    is expected to be out a couple games. ... Jay Z, Chris Rock, Olympic champion
    gymnast Simone Biles and the Rev. Jesse Jackson attended the game.NEXT TIMEThe
    teams meet three more times in the regular season, once in January and twice in
    February.Dont get too cocky when we play them next time, Thompson said. Theyre
    very capable. It was just a great effort by us.UP NEXTWarriors: At Utah on
    Tuesday in the second game of a back-to-back as part of a five-game trip,
    equaling the teams longest of the season.Clippers: Host New Orleans on Saturday
    after a rare two-day rest. ' ' '