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By Jerry Feitelberg
The Golden State Warriors needed a game in which the bench played a significant role. That is what the team got Monday night at Oracle Arena as they led all the way to defeat the Memphis Grizzlies 110-93.
The Warriors’ bench players: Jonas Jerebko, Andre Iguodala, Jordan Bell, and Alfonzo McKinnie–all helped as their efforts took the pressure of the Big Three scorers. Those three tallied 95 points in the 130-125 win over Sacramento Friday night. The NBA defenses were keying on those three and forcing the Warriors to use their bench.
The Warriors won the first quarter 30-22. The Warriors led 13-12 before going on a 17-10 run to finish period leading by eight. Kevon Looney knocked down 7, and Jonas Jerebko made two 3-pointers. The Grizzlies tried to slow the game down and use its half-court offense to stay to close. Their strategy didn’t work as the Warriors’ offense clicked in the second quarter as they scored 31 points and the defense held the Grizzlies to just 16 points. The Warriors finished the first half leading 61-38. Thompson, Curry, and Durant each had 10 points. Jerebko made another three and finished with 9 for the half. Andre Iguodala made two 3s and he finished with 7.
The Grizzlies came to life in the third quarter. They outscored the Warriors 29-23 in the period and trailed 84-67 after 36 minutes of action. The Grizzlies could not close the gap in the fourth quarter. Omri Casspi, who played for Golden State last season, was on fire for Memphis. He scored 16 of his game-high 20 points in the final stanza. Each team scored 26 points in the quarter, and the Warriors won 110-93.
Game Notes and Stats: The Warriors’ Kevin Durant passed Larry Bird on the all-time scoring list, and Steph Curry passed the 15,000 point plateau in the game.
The Warriors improved to 21-10, and the Grizzlies fell to 16-14.
Durant led the Warriors with 23. Curry had 20 and Klay Thompson finished with 16, Jonas Jerebko was in double figures with 16, and Andre Iguodala 10. The Warriors mad 12 3-point shots and when they make more than 10 in a game, they are 20-3.
Casspi led the Grizzlies with 20. Marc Gasol had 15, Kyle Anderson 14, and Garrett Temple 13.
The Grizzlies shot 36% from the floor in the first half, but ended the night shooting 45.9%. The Warriors finished the game shooting 43.% The Warriors, on defense, made 9 steals and blocked 5 shots. They forced the Grizzlies into making 15 turnovers, and the Warriors committed 10.
Up Next: The Warriors travel to Salt Lake City to play the Utah Jazz Wednesday night at 6 pm PST.