Grizzlies try to avoid 3-game slide in Minnesota

( - The Memphis Grizzlies are in the midst of a two-game losing streak and will try to snap out of it Saturday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center.

The Grizzlies haven't lost two in a row since early January and remain in second place in the Western Conference. Memphis' consecutive losses came on the road against the Sacramento Kings, then at home versus the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday.

Chris Paul scored 11 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter as he and the Clippers avenged their loss to the Grizzlies earlier this week with a 97-79 win.

"Chris Paul dominated the game," Grizzlies head coach Dave Joerger said. "They set the tone."

Zach Randolph led Memphis with 20 points and 10 boards, while Mike Conley scored just four points on 2-of-11 shooting in the Grizzlies' second straight loss. Courtney Lee added 12 and Marc Gasol managed 11 points as the Grizz shot 37.9 percent from the field and 25 percent from long range.

The Grizzlies had a seven-game home winning streak halted.

The Timberwolves open a four-game homestand and they've won two in a row as the host, including Kevin Garnett's re-debut with Minnesota on Wednesday night.

The veteran forward, who was reacquired by Minnesota in a trade with Brooklyn last week, played 19 minutes in an emotional 97-77 home victory over Washington.

On Friday, the T-wolves fell in Chicago to the Bulls, 96-89, with Garnett out of the lineup. Minnesota coach Flip Saunders decided to rest Garnett in the first part of back-to-back games for the Timberwolves.

Kevin Martin ended with 18 points for the Timberwolves, who fell to 5-23 on the road this season. Ricky Rubio had 15 points and 10 assists, Nikola Pekovic recorded 12 points and 11 rebounds and Andrew Wiggins scored 14 points.

The Bulls trailed 85-84 before Kirk Hinrich made a layup to spark a late 9-1 run. Mike Dunleavy added a 3-pointer and Hinrich made another layup before Jimmy Butler converted a bank shot to give Chicago a 93-86 edge with 1:17 to play.

"I thought we played hard defensively," said Saunders. "For the Bulls, they have All-Stars who performed down the stretch. Butler made plays and Noah made plays and that's what you want your All-Stars to do."

The two squads split two meetings this season with the home team prevailing each time. The Timberwolves have won two in a row as the host, but Memphis had taken the seven previous encounters in Minnesota.