10/21 22:04 CDT Gasol, Grizzlies build big lead, hang on to beat Warriors
Gasol, Grizzlies build big lead, hang on to beat Warriors
By CLAY BAILEY
Marc Gasol had 34 points and 14 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies built a
19-point third-quarter lead over Golden State before holding on to beat the
defending champion Warriors 111-101. James Ennis III added 13 points, and
Tyreke Evans scored 12 as Memphis shot 47 percent compared to 39 percent for
Golden State. Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 37 points. He and Kevin
Durant were ejected late in the fourth quarter.MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) --- Marc
Gasol had 34 points and 14 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies built a 19-point
third-quarter lead over Golden State before holding on to beat the defending
champion Warriors 111-101 on Saturday night.
James Ennis III added 13 points, and Tyreke Evans scored 12 as Memphis shot 47
percent compared to 39 percent for Golden State. The Warriors shot 12 of 38
from 3-point range.
Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 37 points, and Kevin Durant added 29 and 13
rebounds. But both were ejected with 43.6 seconds left after arguing with
officials --- Curry first after throwing his mouthpiece, and then Durant as he
followed Curry's argument.
Klay Thompson finished with 14 points on 5 of 16 shooting, including 2 of 8
from outside the arc.
The Warriors trailed by 19 late in the third quarter and Curry was saddled with
five fouls. Consecutive 3-pointers from Durant and an unintended tip-in by the
Grizzlies, credited to David West, cut the deficit to single digits with just
under 9 minutes left.
But Golden State never got close enough to catch the Grizzlies down the stretch.
The major burst for Memphis came early in the third quarter. The Grizzlies
turned up their defense, forcing a trio of turnovers and scoring 15 straight
points to stretch the lead to 18.
The Warriors connected on only 6 of 22 shots in the third, while Memphis went
10 of 18.
Warriors: The game was the only regular-season trip to Memphis for Golden State
as the teams face each other three times this season --- the other two games at
Oracle Arena. ... Draymond Green played in his 400th career game. ... Thompson
made a 3-pointer in the first quarter, marking his 57th straight game
connecting from outside the arc.
Grizzlies: F JaMychal Green, who started but was injured early in the opener,
did not dress. Jarrell Martin started in his place. ... Memphis defeated Golden
State twice last season, one of only two teams to hang two losses on the
eventual NBA champions. San Antonio also defeated the Warriors twice. ... The
Grizzlies hold a 13-10 advantage over the Warriors since 2011-12.
WARRIORS: Wrap up a three-game trip in Dallas on Monday with a game against the
GRIZZLIES: Start a two-game Texas road swing at Houston on Monday. They face
the Mavericks on Wednesday.
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