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Friday, July 16, 2010
Ellington nets 25, boosts Wolves to win

Courtesy NBA.com

An evenly matched contest throughout, the Minnesota Timberwolves edged the Memphis Grizzlies 66-65 despite a buzzer-beating three-pointer by Memphis first-round draftee Greivis Vasquez in the nightcap at the COX Pavilion in the eighth day of competition at the 2010 NBA Summer League on the campus of the University of Nevada - Las Vegas. In a game that featured five ties and six lead changes, the Timberwolves came out on top after a tight fourth quarter.

Sam Young hit a 3-pointer with just seven seconds left in the game to bring his Grizzlies within two, 64-62, but the Timberwolves sank two free throws with six seconds to play to bring their lead back to four, 66-62. Then, as the seconds ticked down Vasquez spotted up and nailed a 3-pointer, but the fourth quarter heroics weren't enough as his team fell to the Timberwolves by one.

The Timberwolves got the game started with a 9-2 run in the middle of the first quarter to extend their lead to seven points, 14-8, before trading baskets until the period ended. Neither team shot well in the first, with the Grizzlies coming in at 29 percent from the field and Minnesota shooting only 30 percent. At the end of one, Minnesota led 18-11.

In the second period, the tables turned, with Memphis going on a run of their own, outscoring Minnesota 16-3 in the first half of the quarter. Ultimately, Memphis bested Minnesota by six in the quarter, and led by as many as eight points, before settling for a half time deficit of one, 32-31. Minnesota's Wayne Ellington scored 10 points in the second, including back-to-back buckets to stop the Grizzlies mid-quarter run to bring the score to 29-25, Memphis.

Ellington and Patrick O'Bryant combined for all 14 of the Timberwolves points in the third, all of which came in the first six minutes of the period. The duo extended the Timberwolves lead to as many as 10 points, 46-43. Memphis fought back, though, outscoring Minnesota 8-0 in the last four minutes, including a Jeff Adrien and-one bucket with .8 seconds left in the quarter, to head into the fourth quarter down two, 46-44.

Young scored 14 of his game-high 25 points in the fourth quarter during the Grizzlies' comeback, while Ellington matched his high with 25 of his own. Memphis' Adrien led all rebounders with 14 boards on the night. He also scored 10 points.

Minnesota returns to action Saturday to take on the Portland Trail Blazers, while the Grizzlies finish their NBA Summer League stint on Sunday, when the team faces the San Antonio Spurs.

For more on Summer League, check out NBA.com