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MINNEAPOLIS -- With bags under their eyes as big as the ones they had to pack for a rugged five-game road trip, the weary Memphis Grizzlies trudged into Target Center knowing they had one more fight before they could get back to the comforts of home. Kevin King Youth Jersey . The Minnesota Timberwolves gave them all of that and more and sent the Grizzlies packing with a costly defeat. Kevin Love had 24 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists for his third career triple-double in Minnesotas 102-88 victory over Memphis on Wednesday night. "A lot of time zones. A lot of travelling. A lot of battles," said Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley, who had just seven points on 3-for-15 shooting. Ricky Rubio had 14 points, seven assists and three steals and Kevin Martin scored 21 points for the Timberwolves, who are trying to play spoiler down the stretch of what has been a disappointing season. "We wanted to find some sense of motivation and thats what we found tonight," Love said. "We just wanted to knock off a team that is fighting right now." Marc Gasol had 18 points, seven rebounds and four assists for the Grizzlies. But Zach Randolph had just four points on 1-for-8 shooting and Memphis dropped a game that coach Dave Joerger called a must-win before tipoff. The Grizzlies (44-31) entered in seventh place in the jam-packed Western Conference, but with Phoenix (44-30) and Dallas (44-31) all in the mix for the last two spots. ""We were just kind of running in mud the whole night," Joerger said. "Youre going to have games like that, where youre very heavy-legged. Weve been playing with a playoff focus. Each game has meant so much since like Christmas. Youre starting to see the effects of it now." Ronny Turiaf had 11 points, seven rebounds and three blocks in his first game since Feb. 19 and the Timberwolves shot 53 per cent despite missing Nikola Pekovic with a sore right ankle. The Grizzlies were a tired bunch when they arrived in Minnesota after splitting the first four games of the road trip. With three teams essentially fighting for two spots, they just dont have time to be tired right now. The Wolves led by seven at halftime, and Rubio attacked Memphis right out of the second-half gates. He had six points, a steal and an assist in the first 4 minutes and kept the pressure coming. He drew three fouls on Conley to force him to the bench midway through the period, hit a 3-pointer and fired a 50-foot outlet pass to Kevin Martin for a layup during a flurry that helped build an 18-point lead. Rubio left the game briefly with a sprained left ankle after a spill under the basket, but the damage was already done. A 12-2 run in the fourth pushed Minnesotas lead to 100-80 with 3 minutes to go. "Everybody else has something on the line," Wolves coach Rick Adelman said. "So we want to go out and play as well as we can and spoil it for them and see if we cant be a factor in it." Randolph, Conley and Tayshaun Prince combined to shoot 7 for 32 and the Grizzlies gave in to a team that appeared to have given up on this season after falling out of contention in the hyper competitive West. Randolph finished with single digits in scoring for just the fourth time this season and first since Jan. 15. The Grizzlies now return home to face the Nuggets before going to San Antonio and hosting Miami in a tough three-game stretch. The Suns get the Clippers, Trail Blazers and Thunder this week while the Mavericks start a four-game road trip. "Youve got to put this one behind us," Randolph said. "Weve just got to forget about it. We know this aint us. We know we can play better." NOTES: Wolves C Gorgui Dieng had eight points and nine rebounds and received a big ovation before the game when it was announced that he was named Western Conference rookie of the month. ... Memphis F Jon Leuer, a Minnesota native, finished with four points in 3 minutes. ... The Grizzlies only turned the ball over 11 times, but it led to 19 points for Minnesota. Montravius Adams Youth Jersey . This week, topics cover the Blue Jays rotation, the futures John Gibbons and Alex Anthopoulos, protecting pitchers and a bonus question on his predictions for the MLB playoffs. Jamaal Williams Womens Jersey . - After three days of light, make that very light, workouts, Team Irvin and Team Carter are ready for tonights Pro Bowl. http://www.packerssportsonline.com/super-bowl-xlix-jamaal-williams-jersey/ .ca contributor Grant McCagg provides a look at some risers and fallers on the prospect watch.RENTON, Wash. - Its often forgotten that Bobby Wagner was not the first rookie to start at middle linebacker for the Seattle Seahawks since Pete Carroll took over.A year before Wagners arrival in 2012, K.J. Wright started his first NFL game at middle linebacker due to an injury. Because of his size and versatility, Wright has always remained Seattles security blanket should something happen at the position.So its little surprise that with Wagner out for at least a couple of weeks following a turf toe injury suffered last week, it will be Wright starting in his place on Sunday when the Seahawks visit St. Louis.Ive done it before. Its something thats not new to me at all, Wright said Wednesday. I hate to see Bobby go down but guys have to step up and I believe well handle it just fine.Wagner is the latest injury blow for the Super Bowl champions. Starting centre Max Unger (foot) and starting tight end Zach Miller (ankle surgery) have already been ruled out for this week. Miller will miss his third straight game and Unger his second.The one piece of possibly positive injury news is that cornerback Byron Maxwell could return sooner than expected from a calf strain suffered in Sundays loss to Dallas. Carroll said Maxwell will be evaluated daily but he wasnt ready to rule him out for this week.Hes made a big jump and well see. Well go day-by-day and see what happens, Carroll said. Its an unusual strain that he has but he has shocked the guys with how quickly hes bounced back by this point.Wagner was hurt in the second quarter last Sunday. He returned in the second half but was noticeably slower moving around the field. Rather than move Wright to the middlle mid-game, the Seahawks used undrafted rookie Brock Coyle to bridge the second quarter until Wagner could return. Jamaal Williams Youth Jersey. With a full week to prepare and outside linebackers Malcolm Smith and Bruce Irvin both healthy, it made more sense for the Seahawks to move Wright to the middle. Carroll did not have an exact timeframe for Wagners return, but said he would not need surgery.Malcolm is a legitimate starter on our team. Bruce is back raring to go and playing good football. K.J. is one of our favoured guys because of all of his versatility that he has, Carroll said. We maintain leadership and a voice in the huddle so were very fortunate we have this depth and (linebackers coach Ken Norton) has done a great job to keep these guys rotating. So in the event that you have to do something we have a really classy guy stepping in who really knows what hes doing.Smith, the Super Bowl MVP, was in for 25 plays against Dallas after not playing at all defensively the previous week against Washington. Smith had off-season ankle surgery and missed part of training camp during his recovery.Wright started the first game of his career back in 2011 at middle linebacker because of an injury to starter David Hawthorne. He filled in for two games last season when Wagner was out with a high-ankle sprain.Wright said there is little difference between the two positions, other than the need to call the plays.He has great instincts, Carroll said. 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