Wolves crush Grizzlies in home opener 116-80

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After losing the first two games, the Timberwolves came out flying in their home opener on Tuesday night, winning 116-80.

The Wolves blew a 17-point first half lead in the first game (against the Grizzlies) and 18 in the next. This time they started out hot and never looked back.

They led 29-16 at the end of the first quarter and 62-36 at the half. They also led by as many as 40 in the third quarter.

Zach Lavine had a game high 31 points,which included going 5/9 from 3-pt range. Andrew Wiggins and Gorgui Dieng each chipped in with 17 points. Karl-Anthony Towns had 11 points and 10 rebounds. Rookie Kris Dunn, starting in the place of Ricky Rubio (elbow) had 10 points, six assists and five steals in 29 points.

It will continue to be exciting to see this young team progress the rest of the season. With Rubio also out for perhaps a long period, coaches and fans will have the chance to get a good look at Dunn. So far he is off to a decent start after three games.

Deyonta Davis led the Grizzlies with 17 points, who were without Mike Conley and Marc Gasol.

Up next: The Wolves return home Thursday night to face the Denver Nuggets.

Ali Siddiqui @asiddiqui15

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