OAKLAND The Warriors had lost a pair of heartbreakers to the Memphis Grizzlies earlier this year each by a point. On Wednesday night at Oracle, there was no drama to be found. The Grizzlies got up 21-4 to start, got past a Warriors comeback and won going away.
Grizzlies 110, Warriors 92Player of the game: Memphis small forward Rudy Gay had 26 points and 12 rebounds to help lead Memphis to their third win of the year against the Warriors.Key stretch: The Warriors were down only 56-51 at halftime, but Memphis controlled the entire third quarter and pushed the lead to 11 by the start of the fourth quarter.Initially we didnt compete, we didnt get after it and they got whatever they wanted early on, Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. They pushed the ball and got easy field goal opportunities. dominated us in the paint. As a coach you dont want to have to coach energy, effort, passion. just an embarrassing effort for us.Another bad third quarter: The Warriors had another bad third quarter against the Grizzlies, like they did in four of their five road games. Before the final game of the Warriors recently concluded trip, the Warriors had gotten outscored by an average of 10 points in each of the first four games.That changed in the Warriors blowout win against Washington, but the third quarter bugaboo resurfaced. The Warriors led 56-51 at halftime and promptly fell behind by 13 points 69-56 midway through the quarter.By the end of the quarter, the Warriors were down 84-73.For three games now the fact are that when they decided to increase the volume we didnt match it across the board, Jackson said. They were too physical. They decided to play with force and we didnt match it.
Sixth man?: For the second consecutive game, Warriors coach Mark Jackson brought Stephen Curry off the bench. And for the second consecutive game, Curry shot the ball well and had a nice impact.Curry played 14 first-half minutes and scored 11 points on 5-for-7 shooting, to go along with two assists and three rebounds.Curry had 12 points on 5-for-7 shooting in just nine minutes off the bench against Washington on Monday.Lee rests: If theres one player Jackson doesnt like to take off the floor, its power forward David Lee. Not only does Lee lead the team in minutes at 37.3 mpg but Jackson will often go small and play Lee at center in order to keep him on the floor.Well, on Wednesday Jackson wasnt enamored with Lees play in the first half, nor the play of Dorell Wright. Both of those players got pretty quick hook in the first quarter after the Warriors got down big early.Lee played just nine minutes in the first half. He finished with 11 points and four rebounds.It was our second unit that brought us back, Lee said. The first unit came back in the third quarter and we cut it to two or three and they made another run and outplayed us again. It seems as though we didnt have our best night tonight and Ill take responsibility for that. No excuse for not getting a win on our homecourt tonight.Down big early: For the second time in as many games against the Grizzlies, the Warriors got down big early. In the Warriors Feb. 18 game against the Grizzlies in Memphis, they got down 27-9 before coming back and regaining the lead only to eventually lose 104-103.On Wednesday, the Warriors got down 21-4 by the midway point of the first quarter. But just like in Memphis the Warriors came back.In fact, the Warriors had a 36-35 lead by the eight-minute mark of the second half.