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    MEMPHIS, Tenn. Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Norge . -- The David Fizdale era as Memphis coach didnt get off to a glowing start.The end of his opening night was much more enjoyable.The Grizzlies climbed out of a 16-1 hole, put together 16 straight points early in the second half and beat Minnesota 102-98 on Wednesday night, spoiling Tom Thibodeaus debut as Timberwolves coach.Memphis, which still trailed with 1:45 remaining, closed the game on an 11-5 run to seal the win for Fizdale, the former Miami Heat assistant who was hired to replace Dave Joerger in the offseason.You noticed I kept my poise, Fizdale said of the anemic start that caused him to call a pair of early timeouts. I was squirming on the inside, but I just knew our team just had some big-time jitters.Mike Conley scored 24 points and Marc Gasol added 18 to lead the Grizzlies in the season opener for both teams. Zach Randolph, in his new role as a reserve, had 19 points and 11 rebounds.Andrew Wiggins led the Timberwolves with 25 points, while Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 21. Zach LaVine added 19 points.Thibodeau found some good things for his team, particularly the fast start, but noted his young players need to finish.When we go back and we look into it, were going to see that the defense wasnt good enough, Thibodeau said. The rebounding wasnt good enough. The turnovers werent bad, but, you know, some of the mental mistakes got us down the stretch.TIP-INS:Timberwolves: Minnesota connected on eight of its first 10 shots. ... Rookie Kris Dunn, the fifth overall pick, made his NBA debut near the 4-minute mark of the first quarter. He finished with eight points after hitting all three of his shots in the first half. I think Im starting to get comfortable, he said, so I wasnt really nervous. But, you know, playing in a crowd like that, it was great.Grizzlies: G Vince Carter is the oldest player currently in the NBA at 39 years and 274 days. He entered the game in the first quarter, moving him into 26th place on the career games played list with 1,275. He passed Terry Porter. ... Memphis is 2-14 in home openers. The only win before Wednesday was in 2014 over Minnesota.SUCCESSFUL OPENINGFizdale became the first Memphis coach to win his debut since Tony Barone Jr. won his first game in the middle of the 2006-07 season, serving as interim coach after Mike Fratello was fired.FAST STARTAfter the 16-1 start, Minnesota would eventually lead 20-3, its largest lead of the night. We were playing the exact game plan we wanted coming in, Towns said. .We were playing defense at a high level. We were playing quick, the way we wanted to play.FIRST-AID LISTMemphis played without F Brandan Wright (left ankle) and Chandler Parsons (right knee rehab), who were inactive. G Tony Allen (right knee) dressed, but was ruled out before the game.UP NEXTTimberwolves: Continue on the road to open their season, facing the Sacramento Kings on Saturday.Grizzlies: Will follow their home opener with their first road game of the season, facing the New York Knicks in Madison Square Garden on Saturday. Adidas NMD Dame . Peter Gammons, an analyst for Major League Baseballs network and website, drew the ire of hockey fans on Sunday when he criticized the two NHL teams on Twitter for their physical game the night before. Adidas NMD Rosa . -- The proud fathers huddled near the Dallas Stars dressing room, smiling, laughing and telling stories while wearing replica green sweaters of their sons team. . -- The plastic that was taped across the lockers in Oaklands clubhouse came down and the champagne that was on ice went back into the cooler. AMES, Iowa -- West Virginia blew its shot at the Big 12 title when it lost by four touchdowns to Oklahoma last week.The 19th-ranked Mountaineers still have plenty left to play for -- including their best season in the Big 12. West Virginia (8-2, 5-2, No. 18 CFP) has never won more than eight games since joining the league, and a win over Iowa State (3-8, 2-6) on Saturday would accomplish that goal.We lost to a top 10 team, so thats just what happened, West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said. Weve had a great year. No one can take that away from us. Not going to let, not going to tolerate people talking about how we didnt do this or didnt do that.Still, the Mountaineers know that beating the Cyclones and Baylor next to close out the regular season would reassure a fan base thats suddenly anxious again.But Iowa State isnt the lightweight it was just two months ago. The Cyclones have won two in a row, including a 66-10 drubbing of Texas Tech last week that included a five-touchdown performance from quarterback Joel Lanning -- all on the ground.Iowa State also has one of the Big 12s best secondaries, ranking second in both yards allowed per game and yards allowed per attempt.The Cyclones can be leaky in stopping the run, though, a weakness the Mountaineers will no doubt look to exploit behind Justin Crawford and Rushel Shell III.Here are some of the story lines to follow as West Virginia and Iowa State prepare to meet for the fifth time:IMPROVING IOWA STATEEven though the Cyclones have eight losses, many of them turned out to be close games. Iowa State finally got its first Big 12 win against Kansas two weeks ago, and that appears to have sparked something within the program. The Cyclones thrashed the Red Raiders as a home underdog, defying the point spread by a staggering 60 points.Youve got tto lay a great foundation, Iowa State first-year coach Matt Campbell said. Human Race Sko. To play some of your best football in November says a lot about the kids in our program, to be honest with you, because with our record and some of the tough losses that we had ... it would have been real easy for our kids to fold the tent.CRAWFORDS DAYWest Virginias loss to Oklahoma certainly wasnt Crawfords fault. He rushed for 331 yards, the third-most in school history, with five carries of at least 36 yards.Im sure hes going to continue to get better just as everyone does who has his work ethic and characteristics, West Virginia quarterback Skyler Howard said of Crawford.PARKED IN AS THE STARTERSLannings record-tying performance overshadowed a fantastic effort by Jacob Park, the player who took his starting spot. Park threw for 285 yards and a pair of touchdowns against Texas Tech on 14 of 18 passing.You see his confidence growing. Hes got a really good arm, Campbell said.THE NUMBERSThat West Virginia is third in the Big 12 standings is a tribute to its defense. The Mountaineers are eighth in the league in scoring offense, but their 5.4 yards allowed per play is second-best behind Baylor. ... Iowa State kicker Cole Netten has hit 20 of his last 21 field goal tries dating back to last season. ... The Cyclones are averaging close to 31 points in Big 12 games, which is their highest since the league was formed in 1996.HE SAID ITThere arent too many West Virginia teams that have finished 11-2. Our plan is, our goal is, we want to win out and just send our seniors out with a bang, West Virginia safety Jarrod Harper said.---More AP college football at Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
      March 18, 2018 1:21 AM MDT