Grizzlies 106, Warriors 101
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP)—Memphis coach Hubie Brown wasn’t pleased with his team’s play through three quarters. The Grizzlies redeemed themselves in the fourth.
“We were not very pretty for three quarters,” Brown said. “We had a ton of turnovers, and we were not guarding the way we can guard. … We finally started to defend in the fourth quarter and held them to nine points for seven or eight minutes.”
The Grizzlies shot 53 percent in the fourth quarter, while holding Golden State to 28 percent and outrebounding the Warriors 17-8.
The win snapped Memphis’ three-game losing streak and prevented the Warriors, who led 82-78 after the third, from tying their season high of four straight victories.
“Even though we shot a very good percentage through three quarters, in the fourth quarter, we sputtered a little bit and struggled to score,” Golden State coach Eric Musselman said. “We played three solid quarters of basketball, and in the fourth quarter, we let it slip away.”
Gasol, who was booed at times for his soft interior play, scored eight points in the fourth, including four in the final minute to protect the lead Memphis built with a 7-0 run midway through the quarter. The Grizzlies’ biggest lead was nine, 100-91 with 2:32 left.
The Warriors cut it to 102-100 on a 3-pointer by Speedy Claxton with 32.6 seconds left, but couldn’t get any closer. Gasol and Bonzi Wells each hit two free throws in the final seconds to clinch the win.
Cliff Robinson, who was whistled for fouling Gasol, didn’t agree with the call.
“That’s the same defensive play I made earlier in the game, and it wasn’t called a foul,” he said.
Jason Richardson led the Warriors with 19 points and nine rebounds, while Robinson finished with 17 points. Erick Dampier controlled the middle with 15 points, 15 rebounds and a pair of blocks. Reserve Brian Cardinal added 14 points.
Golden State shot 69 percent in the first quarter, but Memphis missed only four shots in the second period and led 61-56 at the half.
Both teams cooled off after the break, but nine points from Richardson in the third and Dampier’s control of the interior, helped the Warriors take an82-78 lead at the end of the third.
Warriors F Mike Dunleavy missed the first game of his career with a sprained left ankle. Dunleavy, who had started all 45 games this season, was injured in the third quarter of Friday’s win against Chicago. He had played in 127 consecutive games. … Golden State activated Van Exel prior to the game and placed F Troy Murphy on the injured reserve list with a bone bruise to his right ankle. Van Exel missed eight games with an inflamed left knee. … Memphis G Mike Miller returned to action after missing two games with back spasms. … Richardson’s 41-footer from beyond midcourt at the half was initially ruled good, but after further review, officials said the ball did not leave his hands before the horn. …The Grizzlies topped 100 points for the first time after scoring in the 70s the last three games. …With 26 wins, Memphis is within two victories of tying the franchise record of 28 lastseason.