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Carter scores 32, Grizzlies beat Warriors 132-117 in finale

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Memphis rookie Jevon Carter had the game of his career on the final night of the regular season against a skeleton crew of Golden State Warriors.

Carter, who entered the game averaging 3.7 points, scored a career-high 32 points, Justin Holiday added 22 and the Grizzlies beat the Warriors 132-117 Wednesday night in the regular-season finale featuring plenty of reserves for both teams.

Carter, a second-round draft choice last summer, was 10 of 18 from the field and 8 of 12 from 3-point range. Memphis was helped by 21-of-46 shooting from outside the arc.

''I just figured why not go out with a bang,'' Carter said. ''Last game of the season, give it all I've got.''

Bruno Caboclo scored 21 points, and Delon Wright recorded his third triple-double in the last four games with 13 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists.

Kevin Durant led the Warriors with 21 points, while Klay Thompson finished with 19. Durant and Thompson were the only Golden State starters to play. Both saw action only in the first half.

Golden State entered the game with its playoff position set atop of the Western Conference and sat most of its starters, either by plan or as a bit of a precaution after Stephen Curry tweaked his ankle in Tuesday night's win at New Orleans. Curry, along with Draymond Green, DeMarcus Cousins and Shaun Livingston, took Wednesday night off.

Meanwhile, Memphis has played short-handed for weeks with various injuries. Nine players who logged significant minutes were not available, including point guard Mike Conley.

That left bench players for both teams to close out the season in a run-and-gun, minimal-defense affair. Memphis held an 86-68 lead at the half. The 86 points was a Memphis franchise record for points in a half. Carter already had reached 19 points at that point.

''Confidence and work,'' Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff said regarding the keys to Carter's performance. ''He has put in a ton of time working at it.''

The importance of the game for the Warriors was reflected in coach Steve Kerr's postgame comments - which focused on this weekend's first-round matchup with the Los Angeles Clippers.

''It's a good matchup geographically for us,'' Kerr said. ''But it's a hell of an opponent.''

TIP-INS

Warriors: A 3-pointer by Jacob Evans III in the first quarter was the fourth of the game, setting a franchise record for 3-pointers in a season. The previous record of 1,077 was set in 2015-16 . ... Quinn Cook's 3-pointer near the midway point of the first quarter put him past 500 points for the season. ... Durant was whistled for a technical in the first quarter - his 16th of the season. Under NBA rules, a player is suspended one game after the 16th. However, Warriors officials said the rule doesn't carry over from the regular season into the postseason.

Grizzlies: The 45 points in the first quarter were a season high for any period this season and only one less than the franchise record set against the Los Angeles Lakers Jan. 9, 2007. ... Carter's previous high this season was 15 points on March 2 at Dallas. ... Wright's third triple-double moved him to second place on the franchise list behind Marc Gasol, who had five.

LIMTED MINUTES

While Thompson and Durant did play, Kerr made it clear before the game, they would not spend many minutes on the floor.

Asked if Curry twisting his ankle changed his approach on the finale, the Warriors coach replied: ''Our approach is we've got to stay ready, keep our conditioning but not expose ourselves to too much risk, and that's a tricky thing to balance.''

Durant played 18-plus minutes, Thompson just less than 17.

LONG LIST

The Grizzlies had 28 different players don their uniform this season, matching their record for most players to see action for a team in a season. Carter became the 20th player to lead the team in scoring in a game. When someone referred it as an absurd stat, Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff replied: ''It is.'' Bickerstaff then reflected on the positive. ''Instead of thinking about that as a difficult thing, you think about how that means your team was playing. Your team wasn't a bunch of hogs.''

Durant noticed too. ''They have an all-for-one scoring group,'' he said. ''They can have anybody lead the team in scoring at any time in the game from anywhere.''

UP NEXT

Warriors: Host Los Angeles Clippers in first round of Western Conference playoffs.

Grizzlies: The offseason.

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Key Players
K. Looney
5 C
D. Wright
2 PG
22.2 Min. Per Game 22.2
8.6 Pts. Per Game 8.6
3.2 Ast. Per Game 3.2
3.4 Reb. Per Game 3.4
62.5 Field Goal % 43.4
63.1 Three Point % 43.6
61.9 Free Throw % 78.9
+ 3 Jacob Evans made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Damion Lee 0:07
  Marcus Derrickson missed jump shot 0:14
+ 3 Jevon Carter made 3-pt. jump shot 0:35
  Defensive rebound by Ivan Rabb 0:47
+ 2 Yuta Watanabe made jump shot 1:01
+ 3 Marcus Derrickson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jacob Evans 1:20
  Defensive rebound by Delon Wright 1:44
  Jordan Bell missed layup 1:46
  Bruno Caboclo missed 3-pt. jump shot 2:30
  Defensive rebound by Ivan Rabb 2:41
  Personal foul on Quinn Cook 3:08
Team Stats
Points 117 132
Field Goals 46-92 (50.0%) 48-98 (49.0%)
3-Pointers 13-30 (43.3%) 21-46 (45.7%)
Free Throws 12-14 (85.7%) 15-18 (83.3%)
Total Rebounds 47 54
Offensive 9 15
Defensive 30 34
Team 8 5
Assists 32 25
Steals 3 9
Blocks 5 0
Turnovers 14 11
Fouls 17 18
Technicals 1 0
21 PTS, 6 AST
13 PTS, 11 REB, 11 AST
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away team logo Warriors 56-25 41272227117
home team logo Grizzlies 33-48 45412818132
Team Stats
away team logo Warriors 56-25 114.1 PPG 43.3 RPG 28.4 APG
home team logo Grizzlies 33-48 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
K. Durant SF PPG RPG APG FG%
J. Carter PG PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
K. Durant SF 21 PTS 0 REB 6 AST
J. Carter PG 32 PTS 4 REB 2 AST
50.0 FG% 49.0
43.3 3PT FG% 45.7
85.7 FT% 83.3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Durant 21 0 6 7/10 0/2 7/7 1 18 1 0 0 0 0 -9 34
K. Thompson 19 1 3 8/12 3/5 0/0 0 16 1 1 0 0 1 -12 28
J. Bell 15 8 1 6/9 0/0 3/4 2 27 0 1 2 2 6 -9 24
Q. Cook 10 4 3 4/12 2/4 0/0 5 27 0 0 3 0 4 -4 17
A. Bogut 0 6 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 17 1 2 5 1 5 -15 6
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Durant 21 0 6 7/10 0/2 7/7 1 18 1 0 0 0 0 -9 34
K. Thompson 19 1 3 8/12 3/5 0/0 0 16 1 1 0 0 1 -12 28
J. Bell 15 8 1 6/9 0/0 3/4 2 27 0 1 2 2 6 -9 24
Q. Cook 10 4 3 4/12 2/4 0/0 5 27 0 0 3 0 4 -4 17
A. Bogut 0 6 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 17 1 2 5 1 5 -15 6
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
M. Derrickson 13 2 0 4/5 4/4 1/1 0 8 0 0 0 1 1 +12 15
D. Lee 10 5 2 4/10 1/4 1/1 0 23 0 0 0 1 4 -9 19
J. Evans 8 3 4 3/7 2/3 0/0 2 25 0 0 1 1 2 +5 18
J. Jerebko 6 3 3 3/5 0/1 0/0 2 18 0 1 1 0 3 -3 15
K. Looney 6 3 3 3/8 0/0 0/0 1 15 0 0 0 2 1 -7 15
A. Iguodala 5 1 5 2/10 1/6 0/0 0 22 0 0 1 1 0 -16 15
A. McKinnie 4 3 1 2/3 0/1 0/1 3 18 0 0 1 0 3 -8 8
S. Curry - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Cousins - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Green - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Livingston - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 117 39 32 46/92 13/30 12/14 17 234 3 5 14 9 30 -75 214
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Holiday 22 4 1 8/16 5/10 1/2 2 28 0 0 2 0 4 +5 26
B. Caboclo 21 4 2 8/14 3/6 2/2 3 30 1 0 2 0 4 +13 28
T. Dorsey 18 4 3 7/12 2/6 2/2 2 28 1 0 0 3 1 +17 29
D. Wright 13 11 11 3/7 3/5 4/4 1 36 3 0 3 3 8 +15 46
I. Rabb 6 8 6 3/10 0/2 0/0 3 29 0 0 1 2 6 +12 25
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Holiday 22 4 1 8/16 5/10 1/2 2 28 0 0 2 0 4 +5 26
B. Caboclo 21 4 2 8/14 3/6 2/2 3 30 1 0 2 0 4 +13 28
T. Dorsey 18 4 3 7/12 2/6 2/2 2 28 1 0 0 3 1 +17 29
D. Wright 13 11 11 3/7 3/5 4/4 1 36 3 0 3 3 8 +15 46
I. Rabb 6 8 6 3/10 0/2 0/0 3 29 0 0 1 2 6 +12 25
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Carter 32 4 2 10/18 8/12 4/4 1 26 1 0 1 1 3 +18 40
T. Zeller 8 4 0 3/6 0/0 2/4 2 18 0 0 1 3 1 +3 11
J. Washburn 8 6 0 4/7 0/2 0/0 2 23 3 0 1 1 5 -10 16
Y. Watanabe 4 4 0 2/8 0/3 0/0 2 19 0 0 0 2 2 +2 8
M. Conley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Noah - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Parsons - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Bradley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Valanciunas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Anderson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Brooks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Jackson Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Miles - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 132 49 25 48/98 21/46 15/18 18 237 9 0 11 15 34 +75 229