Memphis at Golden State

Warriors rally vs. Grizzlies to stay in playoff picture

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Typically when it gets to crunch time, the Golden State Warriors look for Baron Davis.

With their star sitting in the locker room after an early ejection, the Warriors needed someone else to carry the load.

Jason Richardson delivered by scoring 13 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter and Golden State rallied without its best player to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 122-117 Sunday.

"We wanted to step it up and pick up the slack for Baron," Stephen Jackson said. "Because on nights when we don't have it, he does it for us."

Richardson's fourth-quarter spurt helped avoid a loss to the NBA's worst team that would have dealt a crushing blow to the Warriors' playoff hopes.

Golden State, which hasn't made the postseason since 1994, entered the day two games out of a playoff spot. Denver and the Los Angeles Clippers were tied for seventh place in the Western Conference heading into the Nuggets' game at Seattle later Sunday.

"About the time you hope we'll finally have an easy game you have one of these," coach Don Nelson said. "I'm very happy we found a way to win this one because we couldn't afford to lose this one and stay in the hunt."

When the Warriors fell behind by eight points early in the fourth quarter, their chances appeared slim. Richardson then took over by scoring the next eight points of the game and 11 during a 17-4 run that put Golden State up 108-103 with just over four minutes left.

Richardson scored on a drive to start the run and then converted an acrobatic three-point play. He took a pass from Mickael Pietrus near the basket and made a twisting shot with his back to the basket while drawing a foul from Pau Gasol.

Richardson made the free throw and then hit a 3-pointer to tie the game the next trip down. Richardson added another 3-pointer during the run and Pietrus hit two as well for Golden State.

Jackson's three-point play with 1:14 to play gave the Warriors a 117-109 lead and they held on from there.

"When somebody screws up, the other guys pick it up," Nelson said. "That's why they call it a team sport. We've all screwed up. Baron's pretty happy that he won't be wearing the goat cap."

Jackson finished with 21 points and Al Harrington and Monta Ellis added 17 points each. Andris Biedrins had 13 points and matched his career high with 18 rebounds.

Golden State finished with a season-high 39 assists, getting nine from Ellis and Jackson and eight from Richardson.

"Everybody had to be playmakers without having Baron out there," Jackson said. "We all just stayed aggressive and shared the ball and that's how we were able to get a run going in the fourth quarter."

Gasol led Memphis with 23 points. Tarence Kinsey added 21 and Hakim Warrick and Chucky Atkins added 19 points apiece as the Grizzlies finished their road trip 2-4.

"They made plays when they needed to offensively and defensively and they came up with some stops," Gasol said. "They were very aggressive down the stretch and played with a lot of confidence making a lot of tough shots. They definitely made a lot of 3s when they most needed to when we had that lead."

Davis, who leads the Warriors in scoring and assists, was called for a pair of technical fouls with 1:22 remaining in the first quarter, leading to his ejection.

After scoring on a breakaway layup, Davis was called for the first technical by Tony Brown on the defensive end. Davis then slammed his hand on the scorer's table -- sending a piece of candy flying out of a jar -- as he walked to the bench during a timeout and was immediately called for the second technical by referee Steve Javie.

The Warriors have struggled this season without Davis, who missed 13 games earlier this season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in February.

Golden State went 4-9 during his absence, but has made a playoff push since his return, winning eight of 12 games before Sunday.

"In the past, we've played awful without him," Harrington said. "I think that showed growth for us that without him we were able to step it up."

Notes

  • Grizzlies F Mike Miller, who scored 78 points in the first two meetings against Golden State, missed the game with patellar tendinitis in both knees.
  • Nelson also got called for a technical foul late in the second quarter.
  • Golden State's Matt Barnes was called for a flagrant foul late in the third quarter for a hard foul on Harrington's drive.
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Al Harrington (17 points) soaks in the cheers as the Warriors get a much-needed win.  (Getty Images)
Al Harrington (17 points) soaks in the cheers as the Warriors get a much-needed win. (Getty Images)

Scoreboard
Memphis (19-56) 31253328117
Golden State (35-39) «32243036122
MEM:P. Gasol 23 Pts
MEM:P. Gasol 9 Reb
MEM:P. Gasol 5 Ast
GS:J. Richardson 26 Pts
GS:A. Biedrins 18 Reb
GS:S. Jackson 9 Ast
Players of the Game
Golden StateMemphis

J. Richardson

P. Gasol
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
26682395
Memphis
P. Gasol, C457-119-1195223
T. Kinsey, SG446-148-1185021
H. Warrick, PF358-163-490219
C. Atkins, PG345-125-614519
R. Gay, SG335-103-474615
D. Jones, SG192-83-32137
J. Harrington, PG162-21-22315
S. Swift, C122-34-45018
D. Stoudamire, PGDid Not Play
B. Cardinal, PFDid Not Play
M. Miller, SFDid Not Play
S. Padgett, PFDid Not Play
L. Roberts, PFDid Not Play
A. Johnson, PFDid Not Play
K. Lowry, PGDid Not Play
Totals 37-7636-45432220117
 48.7%80.0% 
Golden State
M. Ellis, PG455-156-1029317
J. Richardson, SG409-186-668526
A. Biedrins, C356-121-2183413
A. Harrington, PF297-130-235317
M. Pietrus, SF234-60-072512
S. Jackson, SG398-141-119221
M. Barnes, SF184-70-02139
B. Davis, PG113-40-02217
A. Foyle, CDid Not Play
Z. Cabarkapa, SFDid Not Play
J. Powell, PFDid Not Play
S. Jasikevicius, PGDid Not Play
K. Azubuike, SFDid Not Play
P. O'Bryant, CDid Not Play
Totals 46-8914-21413926122
 51.7%66.7% 
Other Games
Mia 88 Final
Det 94
Chi 105 Final
Atl 97
Wash 121 Final
Mil 107
Dal 104 Final
Pho 126
Cle 96 Final
Bos 98
Char 94 Final
Tor 107
Utah 86 Final
Hou 83
Min 105 Final
Orl 104
SA 99 Final
Ind 100
Den 114 Final
Sea 103
Sac 103 Final
LAL 126