There would be no comeback on this night.
The Warriors played one of their best games of the season on Friday night in Memphis, getting ahead of the Grizzlies and staying ahead of the Grizzlies. All night long. The Warriors led by 13 points at halftime and 21 points after three quarters, then kept their foot on the pedal, winding up with a dominant 122-107 win.
It wasn’t long ago — Jan. 6 — when the Grizzlies rallied from a 24-point, second half deficit and 19-point deficit to start the fourth quarter on their way to a stunning 128-119 win in overtime against the Warriors at Oracle Arena. But the Warriors made sure there would be dramatics — ripping off the first five points of the fourth quarter to take a 103-77, which would be all she wrote. Draymond Green made certain of that.
We’ll link to “Warriors WrapUp,” the postgame show on 95.7-FM The Game when it becomes available.
It was a significant win for the Warriors because Golden State entered having lost both games this year to Memphis — once at Oracle and once in Memphis. But this one was all Warriors from the get-go and it was Green who set the tone. And he did it despite scoring just four points.
Few people can fill up a boxscore line like Green, and his was remarkable. Get a load of these numbers for Green, who got a triple-double the crazy way: 12 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals (franchise-record). He also had five blocked shots. It was the first time in NBA history that a player had a triple-double without double digits in points.
While the Warriors were in control for 48 minutes, the only dicy part came late in the second quarter. The Grizzlies had cut a double-digit lead to five late in the half and were threatening to be very much in the ballgame at intermission. But the Warriors — led by Andre Iguodala — bumped the lead to 62-49 at half. Iguodala had 15 points in the first half in just 15 minutes, and he didn’t miss a shot. He finished with 22 points on 6-for-7 from the field.
The Warriors made sure they didn’t give up any kind of big lead in this one. Coach Steve Kerr had his starting unit on the floor with two minutes left and a 16-point lead. But could you blame him after the last game? What that showed was Kerr wasn’t thinking about Saturday’s game in Oklahoma City. First things first. Take care of the Grizzlies. And Green made sure of that.