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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.

Rockets GM Morey: 'The other thing that's difficult with the Warriors...'

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Rockets GM Morey: 'The other thing that's difficult with the Warriors...'

Since the Rockets added Chris Paul, Houston GM Daryl Morey has been asked about the Warriors many, many times.

And in a recent conversation with ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, he was forced to address Golden State again.

"Generally I felt like prepping or thinking about one team in your strategic planning is a mistake," Morey started. "That's what I would have answered for the last ... I've been in the league for 15 years.

"Now we're in the situation where I think we have a good chance to be the second best team in the NBA ... And the other thing that's difficult right now with the Warriors is they're a historically great team. They could end this run as being one of the best teams of all-time.

"In fact, you could argue some of these teams already have been close to that or were that. So I'm actually forced to think about the Warriors because the reality is we're here to just win the title. That's all I think about it and so you can't help but think about the Warriors."

Acording to Bovada, the Rockets have the fourth best odds (10/1) to win the title, behind the Warriors (-160), Cavs (4/1) and Celtics (9/1).

The NBA elected to have the Rockets face the Warriors on Opening Night.

The other game on Oct. 17 is between the Cavs and Celtics, so it appears the league agrees with the oddsmakers.

"It's not just closing the gap, because we're not gonna close it the whole way," Morey said. "We do feel like we closed it a lot this summer. But you're never -- I don't want to say never -- it's going to be extraordinarily difficult...

"You not only want to add players to get you closer, but you also need to take more risks. We're gonna continue to end up being in the news because we're gonna continue to try and take risks to get better.

"We haven't been perfect in our moves ... to close that gap with the Warriors, we have to take risks."

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

Report: Dwyane Wade, Bulls expected to agree on buyout

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Report: Dwyane Wade, Bulls expected to agree on buyout

It appears that the Dwyane Wade era in Chicago won't last much longer.

The 2006 NBA Finals MVP and the Bulls are expected to reach terms on a buyout agreement within the next few months, according to ESPN's Nick Friedell.

In July 2016, Wade signed a two-year deal worth $47 million -- with a $23.8 million player option in Year 2.

In late June, he exercised the option.

If a buyout happens, Wade would become a free agent.

He is very close with LeBron James, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony.

Anthony reportedly wants to be traded to Houston.

The Warriors open the season against the Rockets on Oct. 17.

Wade's status will be a story worth watching.

The 12-time All-Star will turn 36 years old in January.