Grizzlies score 86 in first half, rout Warriors

Reuters

The Memphis Grizzlies dizzied the visiting Golden State Warriors in the regular-season finale for both teams Wednesday night, parlaying a remarkable 86-point first half into a 132-117 shocker.

The loss had no bearing on the playoff seeding for the Warriors (57-25). The two-time defending champions enter the postseason as the top seed in the Western Conference and they will open the playoffs against the No. 8 seed, the Los Angeles Clippers, who defeated the Utah Jazz, 143-137, in overtime Wednesday.

The win allowed the Grizzlies (33-49) to avoid what would have been a second straight season of at least 50 losses.

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Rookie Jevon Carter scored 19 of his career-high 32 points in the first half, when the Grizzlies ran off to an 86-68 lead.

Justin Holiday, a former Warrior, had 20 of his 22 points in the first half and Bruno Caboclo had 16 of his 21 in the first 24 minutes, when the Grizzlies shot 61.7 percent and went 14-for-23 on 3-pointers.

Memphis finished 21-for-46 on 3-pointers, outscoring Golden State 63-39 from beyond the arc.

Carter, known as a defensive specialist as a collegian at West Virginia, and a second-round pick last June, had never previously scored more than 15 points in an NBA game.

He came off the bench to hit all five 3-pointers he attempted in the first half and 8 of 12 for the game.

Holiday made five 3-pointers while Caboclo shot 6-for-6 from the floor in the first half en route to an 8-for-14 night.

Tyler Dorsey chipped in with 18 points and Delon Wright 13 for Memphis, which closed the season strongly at home, with wins over playoff-bound Portland, Utah, Orlando, Houston and Oklahoma City among its last nine home dates.

Wright, acquired in-season from Toronto, completed a triple-double, his third in the past four games, with 11 rebounds and 11 assists.

Playing only the first half, Kevin Durant had 21 points and Klay Thompson 19 for the Warriors, who sat out Stephen Curry one night after he sustained what was labeled a mildly sprained foot in a win at New Orleans.

With nothing at stake, the Warriors also chose to rest Draymond Green, DeMarcus Cousins and Shaun Livingston.

Jordan Bell had 15 points and a team-high eight rebounds for the Warriors, who had won the first three games of the season series from the Grizzlies.

Marcus Derrickson (13 points), Damion Lee (10) and Quinn Cook (10) also scored in double figures for Golden State, which finished the season with a 27-14 road record.

--Field Level Media

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