The Memphis Grizzlies survived the first round of the NBA playoffs and meet the Golden State Warriors in the semi-finals of the Western Conference.
The team around his Star Ja Morant turned a big deficit again on Friday evening (local time) in the last minutes of the game and defeated the Timberwolves with 114: 106. In the third quarter, the hosts were 13 points ahead, the 101: 99 three minutes before the end was the first tour for Memphis in the second half. The Timberwolves had already broken in in the games before.
The best thrower of the game was the young Anthony Edwards for the Timberwolves with 30 points. Desmond Bane and Dillon Brooks came to 23 points each for the grizzlies, Morant had 17 points. The Grizzlies were the favorite in the series as the second best team at the Western Conference and now also have home advantage against the Warriors. The first duel between the two is in Memphis on Sunday.
The conference semi-finals are now complete. In the west, the Dallas Mavericks around international Maxi Kleber also meet the Phoenix Sun. The two semi-final series in the Eastern Conference contest defending champion Milwaukee Bucks against the Boston Celtics with Daniel Theis and the Philadelphia 76ers against Miami Heat. The 76ers have to do without their Star Joel Embiid for a long time, who rose a break in the eye socket on Thursday and probably failed for weeks.
The semi-final winners play the participants in the final series around the NBA title in the conference finals. In each series, a team needs four victories to assert themselves.