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Gasol leads Grizzlies to victory, Rubio almost gets triple-double

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U.S. Sports Desk, Mar 31 (EFE).- Spanish center Marc Gasol, who for the second consecutive night on the weekend scored 21 points, once more was the key to the Memphis Grizzlies' attack, leading them to a 99-86 road win over the Minnesota Timberwolves in the Minneapolis Target Center.

Gasol, who on Friday night was key in the Grizzlies' 103-94 win over the Houston Rockets, played 35 minutes on Saturday, scored on 8 of 12 shots from the field as well as 5 of 6 from the free throw line, grabbed eight rebounds, delivered six assists and blocked three shots.

Guard Mike Conley contributed 19 points and power forward Zach Randolph delivered 14, and the win allowed the Grizzlies, who are 49-24 so far this season, to break a five-game losing streak on the road and notch their 11th consecutive win over the Wolves.

They also managed to claw their way back into fourth place in the Western Conference, passing the Los Angeles Clippers, who lost in a 98-81 matchup against Houston.

Gasol's countryman Ricky Rubio, meanwhile, had a fantastic game for the Wolves, despite the loss, garnering 23 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists in his 40 minutes of play, just shy of a triple-double.

The young Spaniard hit 6 of 12 shots, including two three-point dandies, as well as 10 of 12 from the free throw line.

The decisive stretch in the game came during the first five minutes of the fourth quarter, when the Grizzlies broke their opponents with their relentless attack and defensive intensity.

Center Derrick Williams scored 19 points for the Wolves and Puerto Rican guard Jose Juan Barea produced another 17, hitting on two three-point shots.

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