The Warriors take it to the Grizzlies, defeat them in Memphis 122-107

February 10, 2017

Golden State Warriors, NBA

by Jerry Feitelberg

The Warriors beat the Memphis Grizzlies for the first time this season downing them by a score of 122-107. The Grizzlies are the only team in the NBA to have defeated the Dubs twice this year. They blew out the Dubs in Memphis earlier in the season, and then the Grizzlies overcame a 24-point deficit at Oracle Arena on January 6th to beat the Dubs in overtime. The Warriors did not want to lose a third straight game to Memphis. They came out with guns blazing and never trailed. The Warriors know that Memphis likes to slow the game down and force teams to play their game. That tactic worked when the Dubs lost in January. The Grizzlies, the worst shooting team in the NBA, always seem to find a way to stay close and refuse to go down. The Warriors’ Klay Thompson was on fire in the first period. Klay hit 4 3-point shots, and 14 points total in the first quarter. The Dubs finished the period leading 29-22. Steph Curry had 8, and Kevin Durant added 6.

The Warriors increased the lead to 12, but the Grizzlies kept coming back. Memphis cut the deficit to five 54-49 late in the quarter. The Warriors scored the last 8 points to increase the lead to 13 at halftime. Andre Iguodala hit a trey, and Draymond Green stole the ball from Marc Gasol and went coast-to-coast and made a slam for the exclamation point. Dubs lead 62-49 after 24 minutes of play. Klay led the Dubs with 18, Steph had, 11, KD 8, and Andre Iguodala kicked in with 15. However, Draymond Green was fantastic. He didn’t do much scoring, but he had 7 rebounds, four assists, two blocks, and seven steals.

The Warriors outscored the Grizzlies 36-28 in the third quarter to lead by 21 after three periods of play. Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Steph Curry, and JaVale McGee paced the Warrior attack. The Warriors continued to play excellent defense.  In the fourth quarter, the Warriors did not let down. They were well aware of their collapse in the January game at Oracle. They increased the lead to 26, but the Grizzlies would not go away. With 4 minutes left in the game, they trailed 115-101 and Warriors’ head coach, Steve Kerr, was starting to get a little nervous. He didn’t have to worry. Draymond Green, who was the player of the game, made two more steals and the Dubs were able to seal the win. Warriors win 122-107.

Game notes and stats- The Player of the Game was Draymond Green. He scored just four points but made NBA history as he made a very rare triple-double. Draymond had 10 assists, 12, rebounds, and a franchise record 10 steals and was the first player to do it scoring less than 10 points. Also, and this is just the frosting on the cake, he blocked five shots. Quite a performance for the young man from Saginaw, Michigan. Klay Thompson finished the night with 36, Steph 18, KD 24, and Andree 22. The Warriors shot 50.6% from the floor and made 15 3-point shots. They also had another game with over 30 assists. They had 14 steals and 13 blocks. Excellent numbers as they lead the NBA in those categories. They were able to run the court as they scored 30 fast break points and another 38 in the paint. Michael Colney led Memphis with 20. Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph each ad 17. Tony Allen had 15, Toney Douglas 11, and James Ennis finished with 10. The Warriors improve to 45-8 while Memphis falls to 33-23.

The Warriors play a back-to-back game Saturday night in Oklahoma City against the Thunder. Kevin Durant will be returning to OKC for the first time since leaving as a free agent to join the Warriors. The game should be very entertaining. Game time is at 5:30 pm.

 

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