Grizzlies 110, Warriors 91
The Golden State Warriors built a 10-point lead early in the
second half before the Memphis Grizzlies and Tony Allen kicked up
With Allen scoring, rebounding and encouraging the Memphis
faithful to their feet, the Grizzlies erased the double-digit
deficit and left not only with a 110-91 victory over the Warriors
on Wednesday night, but a tighter hold on their playoff hopes.
”(Coach Lionel Hollins) told us we just weren’t playing hard at
all,” Allen said of Hollins’ ranting about energy before the
second-half rally. ”He told us we needed to step it up a notch on
the defensive end, and that’s what we did.
”We put on our hard hats in the second half.”
Allen scored 21 points while helping reverse Memphis’
lackadaisical first-half effort. He added eight rebounds and four
assists as Memphis not only won its fifth straight at home, but
assured the Grizzlies (42-33) of their first winning season since
2005-06, the last time the team made the playoffs.
”I tell him to concentrate more on defense and less on
offense,” Hollins said of his conversations with the sometimes
aloof Allen. ”I think that some nights the opportunities are
there. He slashes. There were a lot of transition buckets. There
were a lot of times when the lane was open, and he just drove and
beat his man to the basket.”
Mike Conley and Zach Randolph scored 20 apiece, with Conley also
recording seven assists. Randolph had 13 rebounds and six assists.
Coupled with Houston’s 108-97 loss to Philadelphia on Wednesday
night, the Grizzlies now have a three-game buffer on the
After the game, the Memphis locker room was intently watching
the end of New Orleans’ 95-91 victory over Portland. That left the
Hornets and Trail Blazers tied for the sixth spot, only a game
ahead of Memphis.
Monta Ellis and Dorell Wright each had 16 points as Golden State
lost its eighth straight on the road. David Lee had 12 points and
nine rebounds, and Vladimir Radmanovic had 11 points, all in the
”I think because we are a team that is still growing, you have
to understand how to win on the road and how to win in tough
buildings and tough environments,” Warriors coach Keith Smart
said. ”And how to win when you are tired and banged up at this
time of the year.
”This is all a learning stage for us.”
Ellis left the floor near the end of the game with a sprained
right ankle. X-rays were negative and he is listed as
”Hopefully, he’s OK,” Smart said. ”He’s done a fabulous job
for us all season long. Hopefully, everything checks out.”
Stephen Curry was 2 of 14 from the field and 1 of 6 outside the
arc for the Warriors, finishing with only six points. He did have
nine assists, but a half-dozen turnovers.
Golden State, second in the league in 3-point shooting at 39.4
percent, was 6 of 21 from outside the arc (28.6 percent).
”Tony Allen’s out there anchoring the defense,” Curry said.
”They all work together and move well. They clog the paint, and
when you get in the lane, it’s tough to finish. They’ve got some
big guys down there. We weren’t making our shots on that outside,
and that cost us.”
Meanwhile, Memphis, which leads the league in points in the
paint, held an advantage there 76-50 and helped the Grizzlies shoot
a season-best 56.5 percent on 48-of-85 shooting from the field.
Radmanovic led a rally by the Warriors bench to overtake an
early eight-point Memphis lead. While the rest of the Warriors had
misfired on their first six 3-pointers, Radmanovic was perfect on
his initial three.
The Warriors were coming off an overtime loss at Oklahoma City
on Tuesday night, but the Grizzlies were the ones who looked a tad
sluggish in the half, getting beat on the boards and not forcing
turnovers – two keys to their success.
The Grizzlies had a handful of steals in the third quarter –
three by Allen, who scored 10 points in the period. Memphis used
the energy to reverse Golden State’s momentum and ended the quarter
up 79-72. The Grizzlies then extended the lead to as many as 19 in
the fourth quarter.
”(Hollins) definitely let us play through it,” Randolph said
of the early lack of energy. ”We got it going. Tony got us going
on the defensive end with his energy, and we started playing the
game we know how to play.
”We definitely were a little lethargic when we came out, but we
definitely picked it up toward the end.”
After the Warriors took their 10-point lead early in the second
half, Memphis outscored Golden State 62-33 the rest of the way.
”They were dragging a little bit,” Hollins said of the
Warriors. ”It’s late in the season. I always say when you start
putting pressure on teams that are near or out of the playoffs, you
tend to find out if they’ll fight, and most nights they don’t.
”They didn’t have enough fight. It’s a long season, and they
were losing and tired from a game (Tuesday) night. We just did what
we had to do.”
Notes: The Warriors’ 91 points marked the first time in the last
nine games of the series that both teams didn’t reach at least 104
points. … Lee entered with double-doubles in 20 of last 36 games.
He fell one rebound short of another double-double. … Randolph
had 10 points in the fourth quarter. Memphis is 10-0 when he
reaches double-digits in the final quarter. … Memphis’ previous
high field-goal percentage for a game was 55.7 against Denver on
Feb. 13. … Memphis is 17-1 against teams playing the second night
of a back-to-back, including 14-0 at home.