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Memphis at Golden State

Warriors 115, Grizzlies 109

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Keith Smart was determined to give Monta Ellis a break, even as the Golden State guard tried to convince his coach otherwise.

It nearly came back to hurt the Warriors.

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Ellis sat out nearly 5½ minutes stretching from the end of the third quarter into the fourth, then came back to score 17 of his 39 points down the stretch and lift Golden State to a 115-109 victory against the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday.

"That's why he's one of the elite players," said teammate Dorell Wright, who set a career high with seven 3-pointers. "He's the face of this organization because he can get going any time he wants to. He reminds me of Dwyane Wade. It was impeccable."

With point guard Stephen Curry sitting out a second successive game with a sprained right ankle, Ellis had to do more than merely score. He dished out eight assists and made a key steal off Marc Gasol with just over two minutes remaining while helping Golden State remain unbeaten at home this season.

It was Ellis' work over the final seven minutes that made the difference, however.

After sitting out the final 37 seconds of the third quarter and the first 4:48 of the fourth, Ellis returned and scored five consecutive points. He later added an off-balance jumper, then scored Golden State's final five points on free throws.

"He could have gone 48, he wanted to play 48," Smart said. "But I knew he had to get some rest time of about 15 minutes. They were chipping away, but I knew we had him to come back in the game and make some plays."

Ellis' performance helped the Warriors overcome a sloppy offensive night. Golden State committed a season-high 20 turnovers and shot only 41.3 percent from the floor, yet hung on to win.

Wright added 25 points and six rebounds, and David Lee had 15 points and 16 boards for the Warriors (3-1).

"We scrapped to the end," Ellis said. "Pretty much everyone that came off the bench played well. That's what we needed. Guys stepped up where we needed them."

Rudy Gay scored a season-high 35 points and had seven rebounds for Memphis, which lost its third straight at Oracle Arena. Mike Conley added 18 points and a career-high 13 assists.

"We need more everything," Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins said. "We didn't get to the free-throw line and we don't get second-chance points."

The Warriors played their second successive game without Curry, who has a right ankle sprain. Curry originally hurt the ankle in Golden State's final preseason game, then aggravated it in back-to-back home games against Houston and the Los Angeles Clippers. He is listed as day to day.

That opened the door for Ellis, who repeatedly attacked the Grizzlies inside. He shot 12 of 26 but went 14 of 19 from the free-throw line.

Memphis was also short-handed. Zach Randolph, the team's leading rebounder last season, sat out his fourth consecutive game with a lower back contusion.

"We really need to help out on defense and rebound better," Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo said. "We just have to get back to the drawing board and get back to defending. There's no need to panic, but at the same time we need to step it up."

Coming off a 108-83 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday, Golden State got another outstanding night from Wright. Wright, who signed a three-year deal with the Warriors in the offseason after six years with Miami, came within one point of his career best and one 3-pointer of matching Jason Richardson's franchise record.

The Grizzlies fell behind by 18 points midway through the third quarter but pulled within 110-106 on Gay's 3-pointer with 55 seconds remaining. After Ellis made three consecutive free throws, Gay made another 3-pointer to make it 113-109 with 29.9 seconds left, but Memphis couldn't get any closer.

Golden State made five 3-pointers in the second quarter and led by as much as 12. Wright had three of the 3s, including one with 3.4 seconds left that gave the Warriors a 64-52 lead at halftime.

Wright's seventh 3-pointer pushed Golden State's advantage to 82-66 midway through the third quarter before the Grizzlies made their best run of the night.

Conley scored five consecutive points, while Mayo and Gay later added 3-pointers as part of a 17-6 run that cut the Warriors' lead to 88-83.

Mayo finished with 23 points, while Darrell Arthur and Gasol added 10 points apiece for Memphis.

Reggie Williams had 16 points and a career-high eight assists for Golden State.

Notes

Golden State also played without F Brandan Wright, who had the stomach flu. ... The game drew only 16,607 fans, the lowest of the season at Oracle Arena. ... The Warriors have won their first three home games for the first time since 1990.

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Scoreboard
Memphis 2-326263126109
Golden State 3-1 «27372427115
MEM:R. Gay 35 Pts
MEM:M. Gasol 8 Reb
MEM:M. Conley 13 Ast
GS:M. Ellis 39 Pts
GS:D. Lee 16 Reb
GS:M. Ellis 8 Ast
Players of the Game
Golden StateMemphis

M. Ellis

M. Conley
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
399818713
Memphis
R. Gay, SF4614-233-473335
M. Conley, PG446-135-7713218
O. Mayo, SG379-202-225123
M. Gasol, C313-54-682410
D. Arthur, PF285-90-040610
S. Young, SF193-61-20017
X. Henry, SG120-20-01140
H. Thabeet, C101-22-44134
T. Allen, SG51-20-01012
H. Haddadi, C50-00-02110
A. Law, PG40-00-03200
Z. Randolph, PFDid Not Play
D. Carroll, SFDid Not Play
G. Vasquez, PGDid Not Play
Totals 42-8217-25392826109
 51.2%68.0% 
Golden State
D. Wright, SG438-172-360225
M. Ellis, PG4312-2614-1998539
D. Lee, C375-175-5162215
A. Biedrins, C301-30-05352
R. Carney, SF203-71-12017
R. Williams, SF345-114-548216
V. Radmanovic, SF162-60-01256
C. Bell, SG121-20-02303
D. Gadzuric, C61-30-13012
L. Amundson, PFDid Not Play
B. Wright, PFDid Not Play
S. Curry, PGDid Not Play
E. Udoh, PFDid Not Play
J. Lin, PGDid Not Play
J. Adrien, SFDid Not Play
Totals 38-9226-34482623115
 41.3%76.5% 
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Det 85 Final
Atl 94
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NJ 83
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Orl 128
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Phi 101
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Den 101
Tor 108 Final
Utah 125
SA 112 Final
Pho 110
OKC 92 Final
LAC 107
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Sac 100