Memphis Grizzlies finish Minnesota Timberwolves in 6 for first series win since '15
MINNEAPOLIS -- A first-round series highlighted by dramatic Grizzlies comebacks, poster dunks,
foul trouble and a healthy serving of trash talk came to a close in Game 6 on Friday night,
as Memphis eliminated the Minnesota Timberwolves 114-106 with yet another impressive rally.
The Grizzlies advanced to the conference semifinals for the first time since 2015 and will host the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 on Sunday in Memphis (ABC, 3:30p ET).
"The series was a battle," Memphis point guard Ja Morant said. "We knew that every game would be a dogfight.
Coming in we knew, with this team, we wouldn't win this series in one game.
We knew that every game would be a dogfight, that we had to come in locked in and bring our energy from the start. Obviously,
the wins were pretty ugly outside of Game 2, but we got it done."
For the third time in the series, Memphis on Friday overcame a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter.
As the Grizzlies ate away at the deficit and took the lead in the closing minutes,
a pall fell over the long-suffering Timberwolves crowd at Target Center who just witnessed one of the most historic collapses in NBA history in Game 4 less than a week ago
"I feel like we're always confident no matter what the score is," Morant said. "We treat it pretty much as zero-zero."
The Grizzlies made a habit in the series of falling behind in the opening three quarters,
only to use some timely shot-making and defensive stops, as well as overwhelming the Timberwolves on the offensive glass to roar back.