Instant Replay: Warriors blow huge lead, fall to Grizzlies in OT

Instant Replay: Warriors blow huge lead, fall to Grizzlies in OT

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OAKLAND -- The Warriors came out in a sprint Friday night, only to falter so badly down the stretch it cost them the game.

Outscored 49-21 after the third quarter, the Warriors took a 128-119 overtime loss to Memphis that snapped a nine-game home win streak at Oracle Arena.

The Warriors (31-6) are 0-2 against the Grizzlies this season.

Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant led the offense, with Curry pouring in a game-high 40 points and Durant tossing in 27. Klay Thompson chipped in with 17 points, Draymond Green had 11 and Zaza Pachulia added 10.

The Warriors did most of their damage in the first three quarters, though, and collapsed in the fourth and OT.

The Grizzlies (23-16), who posted a 110-89 rout of the Warriors on Dec. 10 at Memphis, were led by guard Mike Conley and forward Zach Randolph, scored 27 points apiece.

STANDOUT PERFORMER

Often looking like the reigning MVP, Curry prior to the fourth quarter, was having one of his best offensive games this season.

Curry’s line: 40 points (15-of-27 shooting, 5-of-13 from deep, 5-of-5 from the line), six assists and four rebounds. He played 42 minutes and finished minus-10.

TURNING POINT

Though the Warriors went on a 21-5 third-quarter run, taking an 88-64 lead on a four-point play by Curry with 5:16 left in the quarter, Memphis battled its way back into the game with a 32-13 advantage in the fourth quarter.

Not until Memphis dominated OT, 15-8, was this one decided.

INJURY UPDATE

Warriors: G Klay Thompson (illness) was listed as questionable, upgraded to available an hour before tipoff. F James Michael McAdoo was a healthy inactive.

Grizzlies: F JaMychal Green (facial fracture) was listed as questionable, upgraded to available prior to tipoff. F Brandan Wright (L ankle surgery recovery) and C Deyonta Davis (L foot plantar fascia tear) were listed as out.

ROSTER NOTE

Rookie C Damian Jones is an assignment with the D-League Santa Cruz Warriors.

WHAT’S NEXT

The Warriors on Saturday travel to Sacramento, where on Sunday they will face the Kings at Golden 1 Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Vince Carter 'open' to joining Warriors; Curry comments on Instagram

Vince Carter 'open' to joining Warriors; Curry comments on Instagram

Vince Carter is 40 years old.

But he is not ready to hang 'em up.

Would he consider signing with a championship contender like the Warriors?

"I'm open for it," Carter said on ESPN's The Jump on Wednesday. "I want to win. I want to play and I want to do somewhat what Kevin Durant did. I want to do for my team. I want to go out there and play and provide and show that I can still play this game."

Carter averaged 8.0 points and 3.1 rebounds over 24.6 minutes per game with the Grizzlies last season.

He started 15 contests and shot just under 38 percent from distance.

The eight-time All-Star just finished a 3-year deal worth over $12.2 million.

"I'm just not one to just go to a team and ride the coattails," Carter explained. "You can say how old I am, whatever, whatever. I proved that I can still play in this league. I don't want to go sit on the bench and be a cheerleader ... I want to contribute."

Carter was teammates with Steph Curry's father, Dell, for three seasons in Toronto (1999-00 to 2001-2002)

The Instagram account "warriorstalk" posted a picture of Carter and Curry's father, Dell, walking off the court together.

And below that picture -- a shot of Carter and Steph Curry embracing after a Warriors-Grizzlies game.

Steph Curry not only "liked" the post, but he also left a comment:

"Me likey!"

The Warriors drafted Carter with the 5th overall pick in 1998 but traded him to Toronto for Antawn Jamison, who went 4th overall.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

No need for Warriors fans to fret over NBA's projected lower salary cap

No need for Warriors fans to fret over NBA's projected lower salary cap

There is no need for the Warriors fan to grow anxious with the news Wednesday night that the NBA salary cap and luxury tax threshold will be roughly two percent lower than initially projected.

For one, those players committed to returning are not likely to change their minds.

For two, the cap/tax figures also will influence other teams that might target members of the Warriors, such as Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston.

Even with the lower numbers, reported by multiple outlets, Kevin Durant remains in line for a raise from the $26.5 million he made last season, and he already has made clear his intentions to accept less than the $31.8 million the Warriors could’ve paid him.

With the cap expected to be about $99 million instead of the roughly $101 million originally forecast, that figure falls between $30 million and $31 million.

Durant’s willingness to be flexible -- designed to help the team in its attempts to retain Iguodala and maybe Livingston -- remains the most significant factor for the Warriors as they proceed. Even if Durant takes 10 percent less than, say, $31 million, he still would get a modest increase.

Stephen Curry, who also has announced his intention to re-sign with the Warriors, still could receive about $35 million in Year 1 of a five-year contract worth somewhere in the neighborhood of $200 million.

When the numbers are that astronomical, losing a small percentage is not such a crucial factor.

The Warriors surely knew the cap/tax figures would take a hit. Both figures are impacted by revenue generated through the playoffs, which featured only 79 of a possible 105 games.

Only two series -- Jazz-Clippers and Celtics-Wizards -- went the full seven games and eight of the 15 series ended in five or fewer games, including five sweeps.

The Warriors accounted for three of those sweeps.