Timberwolves blow big lead, fall to Grizzlies

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Photo credit: AP/Brandon Dill

The Timberwolves season finally began Wednesday night.

The game showed some glimpses of excitement that is expected to happen throughout the season, but the result did not end the way they had hoped for.

Andrew Wiggins had a game high 25 points on 7/14 shooting but also missed a pair of free throws late in the game, which proved costly in the 102-98 loss. Karl-Anthony Towns chipped in 21 points and Gorgui Dieng had 12 points and 14 rebounds. Towns was -14 on the night, the worst of any player on the Timberwolves.

Zach Lavine had 19 points and hit a late three to cut the deficit to 98-96, but the Wolves could not come back. Rookie Kris Dunn went 4/6 from the field with eight points in 15 minutes.

Big money man Mike Conley led the Grizzlies with 24 points, Marc Gasol had 18 and Zach Randolph had 19 points and 11 rebounds off the bench.

The Wolves led 90-86 late and by 17 in the first half. We should see plenty of close games like this throughout the season, but it will be interesting to see how many of them will result in victories.

Up next: Wolves head west to face the Sacramento Kings on 10/29.

Ali Siddiqui @asiddiqui15

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