Warriors 108, Grizzlies 82

Don Wade, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- It had to end sometime. Golden State halted an 11-game Memphis winning streak in the series with a 108-82 win over the Grizzlies Saturday night at FedExForum.
Shooting guard Klay Thompson paced the Warriors with a game-high 30 points. Power forward David Lee scored 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
Point guard Steph Curry had 22 points and tied his career high with 15 assists. Curry's second 3-pointer of the night, with 10:50 left in the third quarter, sent him past Jason Richardson (700) as the franchise's career 3-point leader.
The Warriors last beat the Grizzlies on Nov. 3, 2010. They had not won in Memphis since April 2008.
The Warriors have been on something of a roller coaster. They rallied from a 27-point deficit to beat the Toronto Raptors early in the week. Then Friday night in Houston they put themselves in a 19-point hole in the first quarter and never mounted a serious threat.
On Saturday, Golden State (12-9) beat the Grizzlies (9-10) on the boards 47-40 and in the paint -- 50 points to 42.
The Warriors shot 50 percent from the floor (44-for-88) to the Grizzlies' 36.5 percent (31-for-85).
Guard Mike Miller led Memphis with 16 points. Power forward Zach Randolph and forward Jon Leuer each scored 15. Point guard Mike Conley had 12. Center Kosta Koufos scored 10 with a game-high 16 rebounds.
Thompson rebounded from a horrific shooting night (2 for 10, 0 for 4 from 3-point range) Friday night in a loss at Houston to hit 12 of 19 shots Saturday.
Thompson got Golden State going with 16 first-quarter points. The Warriors led 37-21 with 8:07 left in the second quarter.
The Grizzlies went on 16-6 run and got the lead down to four points late in the half as Miller provided 10 second-quarter points and was 2-for-2 from 3-point range. An alley-oop basket by Lee on an assist from Thompson completed the first-half scoring and Golden State led 49-43 at the break.
Memphis swingman Quincy Pondexter suffered a sprained right foot late in the second quarter and did not return.
NOTES: With Memphis C Marc Gasol out (knee), teams are throwing a lot of weight at PF Zach Randolph. "He'll tell you he's not a tremendous pick-and-roll player," Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger said. "I think he's better than he gives himself credit for. We'll try to put him in some more pick-and-rolls and get him on the run a little bit to get people off his body." ... Grizzlies SG Tony Allen (hip bruise) and PF Ed Davis (ankle sprain) did not play Saturday night. ... The Warriors were coming off a 105-83 loss in Houston on Friday night in which they set season lows for shooting and assists. "After last night," coach Mark Jackson said, "we're grateful for the opportunity to get back on the floor." ... Coming into Saturday's game, the Warriors were 0-4 on the second night of a back-to-back. ... The Warriors' 46.8 field-goal percentage ranked fifth in the NBA.

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