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T-wolves hold off short-handed Grizzlies

o o MINNEAPOLIS--Finally, the Minnesota Timberwolves managed to turn a big lead into a victory. o The Timberwolves jumped out to an early advantage and went on to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 116-80 Tuesday in the home opener at Target Center. o Mi...

Nov 1, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins (22) drives to the basket and shoots the ball in the second half against the Memphis Grizzlies at Target Center. The Timberwolves won 116-80. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 1, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins (22) drives to the basket and shoots the ball in the second half against the Memphis Grizzlies at Target Center. The Timberwolves won 116-80. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

• MINNEAPOLIS-Finally, the Minnesota Timberwolves managed to turn a big lead into a victory.

• The Timberwolves jumped out to an early advantage and went on to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 116-80 Tuesday in the home opener at Target Center.

• Minnesota (1-2) led by as many as 40 points, the third time in as many games the Wolves led by at least 15.

• Zach LaVine had a game-high 31 points to lead Minnesota. Center Gorgui Dieng, who one day earlier signed a four-year contract extension, added 17 points for the Wolves, while Andrew Wiggins also scored 17. All five Wolves starters finished in double figures.

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• Deyonta Davis had 17 points off the bench for short-handed Memphis, which beat Minnesota in the first game of the season last week. Troy Williams added 14 points,

• Minnesota shot 58.1 percent in the first half, including 5 of 9 from 3-point range. LaVine had 20 of his 31 points before halftime. That included a dunk to complete an alley-oop pass from Karl-Anthony Towns. LaVine landed awkwardly on the play but eventually returned to action.

• Timberwolves rookie point guard Kris Dunn was impressive in his first NBA start. Dunn, who filled in for the injured Ricky Rubio, had 10 points and was active on defense all night. Dunn added five steals and six assists to his stat sheet in 30 minutes.

• Minnesota held big leads against Memphis and the Sacramento Kings in the first two regular-season games but went on to lose both contests by a combined seven points.

• The Grizzlies (2-2) were playing without two of their best players Tuesday. Star guard Mike Conley and center Marc Gasol did not play for maintenance purposes. Conley was averaging 19.7 points through Memphis' first three games, while Gasol scored 19.3 points a game in the early stages of the season.

• It was the first win as Timberwolves head coach for Tom Thibodeau, who took over in the offseason for interim head coach Sam Mitchell. Thibodeau was opposing another new head coach in Memphis' David Fizdale. In five seasons as the Chicago Bulls' coach, Thibodeau was 255-141.

• NOTES: Timberwolves PG Ricky Rubio was ruled out for Tuesday's game against Memphis with a sprained right elbow. Rubio was injured late in Minnesota's loss to Sacramento on Saturday. Rookie PG Kris Dunn started in Rubio's place. ... Grizzlies G Tony Allen (knee) played 19 minutes in his first action of the season, and he scored four points. ... Minnesota signed C Gorgui Dieng to a contract extension, the team announced late Monday night. The terms of the deal were not released by the team, but Dieng's extension was reportedly worth $64 million over four years. Dieng averaged 8.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in his first three seasons with the Timberwolves.

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