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Memphis rally again to reach NBA 2nd round

The Memphis Grizzlies didn’t act their age in their NBA play-offs first-round series against the Minnesota Timberwolves, especially when they faced a double-digit deficit — all three times — entering the fourth quarter.

With another relentless and resolute finish, the Grizzlies finished off the Timberwolves. Their next challenge is coming fast: the Golden State Warriors.

Desmond Bane and Dillon Brooks each scored 23 points and the Grizzlies rallied yet again to eliminate the Timberwolves, winning 114-106 in Game 6 on Friday night.

“I wish we got better starts so we don’t have to put ourselves in that predicament but we’re always going to find a way to fight,” Brooks said.

Brandon Clarke added 17 points and 11 rebounds in another stellar effort off the bench for the Grizzlies, who withstood another quiet night by star Ja Morant and another double-digit deficit entering the fourth quarter.

“We stick together, stay on the same page, and I think it really showed on the big stage this series,” said Bane, who led the Grizzlies in scoring during the series.

The Grizzlies advanced in the playoffs for the first time in seven years.

Game 1 against the Warriors is in Memphis on Sunday.

“Physically, mentally, this series was a battle,” said a visibly drained Morant, who went 4 for 14 from the field and had 17 points and 11 assists.

“Obviously, the wins were pretty ugly outside of Game 2, but we got it done.”

Anthony Edwards had 16 of his 30 points in the first quarter for Minnesota.

Jaden McDaniels had 24 points off the bench and Karl-Anthony Towns added 18 points and 10 rebounds, but the late-game struggles were evident again.

“We showed it in our shot selection in the fourth, and it’s baked in our DNA right now,” coach Chris Finch said.

“We know we have to learn from this. We’re not all just going to be able to save the day.”

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