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By Jeff Hall
The Golden State Warriors are headed to the Conference finals for the first time in thirty-nine years with a 108-95 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.
The Warriors came out hot with all five Warriors starters scoring points in the first five minutes of the game. Klay Thompson started well for the Warriors with nine points under half way through the first quarter and it was a quarter the Warriors dominated. The Warriors opened the game 11 of 15 in field goal shooting in the first.
Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson had 11 points in the First quarter and together their combined 22 points outscored the Grizzlies in the first quarter that ended with the Warriors leading 32-19. Thompson was 3 of 3 from three-point range and Curry was 2 of 3 from beyond the arc.
Marc Gasol led the Grizzlies in scoring with six points. Mike Conley had four points for the Grizzlies in the first.
Both Curry and Thompson slowed down in scoring in the second quarter, but the Warriors continued their solid defensive play to sustain their big lead and by the half the Warriors lead was 58-49 over the Grizzlies.
Marc Gasol led the Grizzlies with 14 points in the first half.
Once again the Warriors played extremely well on both ends of the court holding the Grizzlies in scoring and the Grizzlies’ Bench scored 19 points in the first half.
The Grizzlies stayed in the game thanks to the pure toughness of Marc Gasol who practically carried his team on his back in the third. Gasol helped to shut down the Warriors offensively and defensively. Gasol stopped 4 shots that came his way within the paint. The Warriors became cold shooting in the third and that allowed the Grizzlies back into the game. The Grizzlies pulled within one point with three minutes remaining in the third . Wiping away the Warriors largest lead of 15 points reducing it to five but with no time remaining Curry knocked the wind out of the Fed-ex Forum after he fired up nearly a full court shot and gave the Warriors a 76-68 Warriors lead with a seventy-five foot basket to close out the third. That Basket drove the Warriors into the Western Conference Finals. 1976 is the last time the Warriors have made it this far in post-season action.
After the Curry shot the Warriors went on a 14-4 run to begin the fourth quarter. and the Warrriors held the lead through the entire game.
“We’ve come along way since I’ve been here. We came to play every night, it’ nice to see the results” said Curry after the game.
Curry led all scoring with 32 points and was 8 of 11 with the three-point basket. Klay Thompson had 19 points and Draymond Green had 14.
The Warriors did not allow the Grizzlies to score 100 points in the series.
Up next the Warriors will face the winner of the Los Angeles Clippers – Houston Rocket series. Game one is scheduled for Tuesday Night at the Oracle Arena.