Warriors fall in Memphis despite big nights from Monta, Curry

February 19, 2012, 3:40 am
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The Warriors got down big early, but came back and had opportunities to win. But they failed to get a key rebound off a miss, and David Lee committed an offensive foul on the games last possession one that could have given Golden State a victory.The loss was the Warriors third straight.Grizzlies 104, Warriors 103
Player of the game: Tony Allen followed up a Rudy Gay miss with 5.6 seconds remaining to give the Grizzlies a one-point win over the Warriors. It was the second time this season Memphis defeated the Warriors by one point.

Its the little things that either win or lose ballgames, Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. We continue to find it out. There should be five guys in the lane chasing down that rebound. In the end, Tony Allen wanted it. Thats what winners do.

The final Warriors possession: On the Warriors final possession Lee committed an offensive foul with less than a second remaining, and the Grizzlies walked away with the victory.The play was Davids option, Jackson said. He turned the corner. a charge on the play. Thats what the call was. Once again, were in position to win the ballgame if we get a defensive rebound. Thats the disappointing part about it.Key stretch: The Warriors got off to an awful start in this one, showing very little intensity and wherewithal. They were completely manhandled on the interior and Marreese Speights came out of the gate with eight quick points.The Grizzlies also grabbed nine of the games first 10 rebounds, and adding to everything was that the Warriors missed 10 of their first 11 shots. All those ugly numbers helped the Grizzlies jump out to a 21-4 lead.The Warriors would eventually come back and even take an 11-point lead late in the third quarter. But they couldnt hold on. Then again, had they not gotten down so much so early, it might have been different late.The opposite of clutch: The Warriors have not fared well in close games this season and that was the case again on Saturday. The loss to Memphis dropped the Warriors record to 1-6 in games decided by three points or fewer.Currys slump: Point guard Stephen Curry was in a four-game shooting slump coming into Saturdays game against Memphis. Emphasis on was.After shooting 31.9 percent in the previous four games (15-of-47), Curry broke out in a big way and it started in the first half. Curry went 9-for-12 from the field, including 5-for-5 from 3-point range.The 23 points in a half were the most by Curry in a half in his career.Curry finished with 36 points, equaling the season-high he had against Denver.It was Currys shooting that was most responsible for the Warriors overcoming an 18-point deficit and heading into halftime up 56-54.Monta Ellis had 33 points for the Warriors.Uniform issues: The Warriors were wearing their home white jerseys despite playing on the road. The reason was because the Grizzlies were wearing Memphis Tams throwback jerseys.

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