The Warriors played in the mud most of Sunday night, which is what happens sometimes when you play the Memphis Grizzlies. It took Stephen Curry’s fourth-quarter flurry to finally get the Warriors some separation and they rode it to a 106-94
Golden State (59-14) has now won seven consecutive games and lead the San Antonio Spurs by 2.5 games in the battle for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.
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Curry was in the midst of a so-so game when he came back into the game midway through the fourth quarter and the Warriors up just five. Curry promptly delivered a nice pass that turned into an assist after David West buried a jumper and then he followed that up with a 3-pointer. That bucket gave the Warriors a 96-86 lead — their biggest of the game.
Curry finished with 21 points and took care of the finish. Klay Thompson had 31 points, including 7-for-11 from 3-point range, and took care of much of the third quarter. Mike Conley led the Grizzlies with 29 points.
After bumping and grinding for more than a half, the Warriors seemed poised to finally put some distance between themselves and the Grizzlies late in the third quarter. Getting contributions from Matt Barnes and Andre Iguodala the Warriors took an 81-72 lead, their biggest of the night up to that point. But Conley spearheaded a quick and efficient 9-0 run and just like that it was all tied. The Warriors took a two-point lead heading into the fourth. It stayed tight till Curry did his thing.
For a good chunk of the first half Memphis did Memphis things to the Warriors, slowing them down and making them appear disjointed. Meanwhile, at the offensive end, the Grizzlies made sure to play at their glacial pace, which is always a good way to try to go about slowing down the Warriors.
But it’s tough to totally slow down the Warriors when they go 17-for-31 from the 3-point line, which they did. Meanwhile the Grizzlies made just 8-for-29 from 3-point range.