Grizzlies beat Warriors 94-87 to complete 3-0 trip

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 10, 2013 at 1:06 am •  Published: January 10, 2013
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"You play them, you're going to get better," Jackson said. "They execute you to death and playing them is going to force you to get better."

The Warriors were coming off their most lopsided loss of the season, 115-89 at the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night. They fell to 9-2 after a loss this season.

The length of Randolph, Gay and Gasol gave Golden State fits on both ends of the floor.

Memphis took advantage of several second-chance opportunities and started to pull away behind its big men in the second quarter. On one play, Randolph grabbed two straight offensive rebounds — with Lee falling to the floor — before he finished a layup through a crowd of defenders to highlight a 16-2 run to put the Grizzlies up 45-32.

Two late 3-pointers and a reverse layup by Curry eased a horrible defensive half for the Warriors some. After shooting 54 percent from the floor and going ahead by 14 points, Memphis only led 55-46 at the break.

Golden State mixed in some matchup zones and held the Grizzlies to 5 for 18 shooting in the third quarter, getting a spark from Thompson's two 3s and Jack's aggressiveness off the bench. Jack got Allen in the air on a pump-fake and made a long jumper while getting fouled to start a three-point play, and Curry swished another from the perimeter to tie the game at 74 midway through the fourth.

Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins sent his frontline back in the game and the trio overwhelmed the Warriors when it mattered most.

"That's the strength of their team, is grinding in the paint and offensive rebounding," Lee said. "It's disappointing, because that's been one of our strengths throughout the season, and we've just got to come back and do a better job of it next game."

NOTES: Warriors C Andrew Bogut did some light shooting and jogging before the game. He has not played since Nov. 7 while he recovers from the lingering effects of microfracture surgery on his left ankle. ... Grizzlies G Josh Selby was not with the team for personal reasons. ... Memphis also beat the Warriors 104-94 in Golden State's home opener Nov. 2. ... Memphis hosts San Antonio on Friday, while the Warriors welcome Portland.



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