Memphis at Golden State

Warriors score 78 in first half, put dent in Grizzlies' playoff chances

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Memphis Grizzlies didn't play like a team chasing a postseason spot.

Stephen Curry had 30 points and 11 assists, Reggie Williams scored 23 points, and the Golden State Warriors damaged the Grizzlies' playoff hopes with a 128-110 victory on Wednesday night.

Western Conference
SeedTeamGB
1o-Dallas-
2x-Denver-
3x-Golden State-
4x-Houston-
5y-L.A. Clippers-
6x-L.A. Lakers-
7x-Memphis-
8o-Minnesota-
Still alive
10z-Oklahoma City-
14y-San Antonio-
Eliminated
9o-New Orleans-
11o-Phoenix-
12o-Portland-
13o-Sacramento-
15o-Utah-
Complete Playoff Race

"We feel that every game from here on out we have to come with the purpose that it is a playoff game," Grizzlies guard Mike Conley said. "We've got to win these games to have an opportunity. We let this one slip away."

Monta Ellis added 21 points for the Warriors, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Corey Maggette and Anthony Tolliver each had 12 points and Chris Hunter, making his sixth start, recorded his first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

"You've got to be aggressive," Hunter said. "You can't worry about getting into foul trouble."

Rudy Gay had 25 points and 10 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who had won three of four. O.J. Mayo and Conley each added 21 points. Sam Young scored 14.

"We were sleepwalking the first half," Conley said. "They were being aggressive and making shots. We just didn't play defense in the first half."

All-Star Zach Randolph finished with 16 points and five rebounds before leaving in the third quarter with a sore left ankle.

The ninth-place Grizzlies fell 4½ games behind No. 8 Portland in the Western Conference with 10 games remaining. Memphis never led after the 9:18 mark of the first quarter as the Warriors went on to shoot nearly 55 percent for the contest.

"We didn't play any defense, nobody," Mayo said. "It's not about the offense. We gave up 78 points in the first half -- enough said."

Warriors coach Don Nelson pulled within three victories of Lenny Wilkens (1,332) as the NBA's all-time winningest coach.

Hasheem Thabeet crashed into Maggette under the Warriors' basket early in the third quarter, causing both players to fall to the floor, stunned for a minute or so. Maggette eventually jumped up and began arguing with an official about the no-call, which earned him a technical foul.

Williams scored 20-plus points in back-to-back games for the first time in his career.

The Grizzlies got within 12 points entering the final minute of the third quarter, but a flurry of 3-pointers from Williams, Curry and C.J. Watson upped the lead to 20 before Conley, who also had nine assists, hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to make it 103-86 entering the final period.

"We got a little quick with our shots and they were back in transition," Curry said. "We didn't know exactly how to handle it and that's when they got back in it. Luckily we made another charge and sealed the deal."

The Warriors shot better than 61 percent (16 for 26) in the second quarter to take as much as a 27-point lead before settling for a 78-56 halftime lead.

"Between bad offense and bad defense, they were able to increase that lead," Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins said.

Notes

  • Grizzlies C Marc Gasol practiced with the team on Tuesday but was on the inactive list for the fifth consecutive game with a neck injury.
  • The Warriors had their highest-scoring first half of the season, including a season-best 44 in the second quarter.
  • The 78 points allowed were a Grizzlies opponent franchise record.
  • Curry leads all rookies with seven games of 30 or more points.
  • The Grizzlies are 8-2 in their past 10 road games.
  • The Warriors have at least 10 3-pointers in 16 of their past 21 games.
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Corey Maggette finds room in the paint. The Warriors shoot 59.4 percent from inside the arc.  (Getty Images)
Corey Maggette finds room in the paint. The Warriors shoot 59.4 percent from inside the arc. (Getty Images)

Scoreboard
Memphis (38-34) 23333024110
Golden State (20-51) «34442525128
MEM:R. Gay 25 Pts
MEM:R. Gay 10 Reb
MEM:M. Conley 9 Ast
GS:S. Curry 30 Pts
GS:C. Hunter 10 Reb
GS:S. Curry 11 Ast
Players of the Game
Golden StateMemphis

S. Curry

R. Gay
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
3051125100
Memphis
O. Mayo, SG449-182-386121
M. Conley, PG419-202-239121
R. Gay, SF379-126-8100525
Z. Randolph, PF315-136-750216
H. Thabeet, C151-12-43154
S. Young, SF235-144-530214
D. Carroll, SF191-32-25114
D. Arthur, PF192-51-23055
M. Williams, PG100-40-01210
J. Tinsley, PGDid Not Play
L. Hudson, SGDid Not Play
M. Gasol, CDid Not Play
S. Hunter, CDid Not Play
H. Haddadi, CDid Not Play
R. Brewer, SGDid Not Play
Totals 41-9025-33411923110
 45.6%75.8% 
Golden State
S. Curry, PG4012-192-2511330
M. Ellis, PG397-167-868221
C. Hunter, PF343-74-5101410
A. Tolliver, PF266-110-061512
C. Maggette, SF215-82-454112
D. George, SG324-70-043411
R. Williams, SF298-145-652123
C. Watson, PG163-62-24019
A. Morrow, SG20-00-00010
A. Biedrins, CDid Not Play
R. Turiaf, CDid Not Play
A. Randolph, PFDid Not Play
V. Radmanovic, SFDid Not Play
K. Azubuike, SFDid Not Play
B. Wright, PFDid Not Play
Totals 48-8822-27453022128
 54.5%81.5% 
Other Games
Orl 84 Final
Atl 86
Den 99 Final
Bos 113
Wash 82 Final
Ind 99
Utah 113 Final
Tor 87
Min 95 Final
Char 108
Sac 79 Final
NJ 93
Cle 105 Final
NO 92
Phi 101 Final
Mil 86
Hou 104 Final
OKC 122
LAL 92 Final
SA 83