Thompson has 30 and Warriors top Grizzlies 108-82
Klay Thompson scored 30 points and David Lee finished with 23 to
help the Golden State Warriors defeat the short-handed Memphis
Grizzlies 108-82 Saturday night.
Stephen Curry scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half,
despite shooting 7 of 16 on the night as the Warriors ended an
11-game skid against the Grizzlies. Curry had 15 assists, two more
Memphis’ team total
Mike Miller led the Grizzlies with 16 points, while Jon Leuer
and Zach Randolph added 15 points each. Mike Conley finished with
12 points, but was 4 of 12 from the field, part of Memphis shooting
37 percent. Kosta Koufos had 20 points and 16 rebounds.
Memphis played without starters Marc Gasol and Tony Allen, plus
Ed Davis, who had moved into the starting lineup. Then in the
second quarter, Memphis lost Quincy Pondexter, who started for
Allen, to a right midfoot sprain.
Lee had 11 rebounds and Andrew Bogut grabbed 12 boards as Golden
State outrebounded Memphis 47-40, while shooting 50 percent.
Memphis was limited to 2 of 10 from beyond the arc.
The Warriors led 49-43 at the half behind 18 points from
Thompson and 12 from Lee.
Thompson got the Warriors started early, connecting on 7 of 9
shots in the first quarter, including a pair of 3-pointers. That
helped Golden State build its lead to as many as 16 points in the
Memphis finally got untracked in the second quarter behind its
defense. Miller hit a couple of 3-pointers and finished with 10
And the Grizzlies’ injury woes continued to build when Pondexter
went to the locker room in the latter stages of the half and did
The Warriors’ defense and a short Memphis bench allowed Golden
State to stop the Grizzlies after halftime. Memphis was 3 of 18 to
start the third quarter and had three turnovers in the first 9
minutes of the stanza.
At that point, Golden State had matched its largest lead at
69-53, and the Grizzlies were dragging.
Curry had shaken off poor shooting in the first half, when he
missed all six of his shots. He scored 10 in the third, Thompson
and Lee had seven points each, and the Warriors extended their lead
to 77-60 at the end of three.
The lead would eventually swell to the final 26-point
NOTES: The Warriors’ last victory in the series was Nov. 3,
2010. Golden State had not won in Memphis since April 4, 2008. .
Curry’s 3-pointer with 10:48 left in the third moved him past Jason
Richardson as the Warriors top 3-point shooter. Richardson had 700
from outside the arc. Curry has 701. . The Warriors, who lost at
Houston on Friday night, were 0-4 in the second game of
back-to-backs this season. . Curry had led Golden State in scoring
the past five games. However, he did keep his streak of leading the
Warriors in assists. He has led the team in eight straight. …
Miller led the Grizzlies in scoring, becoming the eighth player to
lead Memphis in scoring the past eight games.