"It was the first time in my career that I was locked and loaded to call an early timeout," Jackson said. "Fortunately, it didn't have to take place because of the way we came out."
Meanwhile, the Grizzlies' injury woes continued to build when Pondexter went to the locker room in the latter stages of the half and did not return.
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.
"We need to go out there and take an attitude of competing our tails off and letting the chips fall where they may," Memphis coach Dave Joerger said, "and not worrying about anything on the periphery."
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 were 0-4 in the second game of back-to-backs this season before Saturday's victory. ... 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.