It didn't take long to discern how the Grizzlies would respond Wednesday night to a bitterly disappointing loss at Denver the night before.

Showing more energy and making a conscious effort to play off their big men, the Grizzlies jumped on the Minnesota Timberwolves early and cruised to a 104-95 victory in the Target Center.

"We got the kinks out and we came back ready to play," forward Zach Randolph said after leading the Griz with 24 points, 10 rebounds and the determination to limit Minnesota's double-double machine, Kevin Love. "Everybody contributed. That's what we need to win games without Rudy (Gay)."

The Grizzlies' first game since Gay was diagnosed with a partially dislocated shoulder and ruled out for three weeks didn't go so well. Against an undermanned Denver team, Memphis lost its identity and ignored the post while forcing isolation shots.

Every Grizzly who played looked much sharper against the Timberwolves. Randolph made 10 of 16 shots. The team's ball movement led to open looks for Mike Conley, who chipped in 22 points while Sam Young added 16.

"Everybody had a sour taste in their mouth after Denver," Conley said after also amassing nine assists. "We just wanted to come in and take care of business. Getting off to a fast start was important for our confidence and for our ego. We needed to get our swagger back."

Memphis (32-27) only trailed once when Minnesota center Darko Milicic scored the game's first basket. From there, the Griz maintained control in part because of a defensive effort that held the Timberwolves to 37-percent shooting.