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.

NBA Gameday: Warriors must summon intensity for early start vs Magic

NBA Gameday: Warriors must summon intensity for early start vs Magic

Having destroyed three highly regarded opponents in their toughest week of the season, the Warriors on Sunday face an altogether different kind of challenge.

This time, it’s simply waking up.

The Warriors will pursue their seventh consecutive win, facing the Orlando Magic at Amway Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 9 a.m Pacific., the earliest game of the season for the Warriors.

The last time the Warriors (37-6) played such an early game in the Eastern Time Zone was March 26, 1995, also in Orlando.

The Magic (18-27) will want to be on alert for Warriors star Stephen Curry, who torched Orlando for 51 points last Feb. 25, his last visit to Amway Center.

BETTING LINE:
Warriors by 12.5

MATCHUP TO WATCH:
Kevin Durant vs. Aaron Gordon: It’s the most efficient high-producer on offense (Durant) vs. one of the top five athletes in the league (Gordon). Durant is taking apart all defenders, and Gordon isn’t known for his D. No, the South Bay native is most known for his ability to fly. Durant’s task will be to minimize lob attempts while keeping him off the offensive glass for easy put backs.

INJURY REPORT:
Warriors: F/C David West (L thumb fracture) is listed as out. G Shaun Livingston (rest) is listed as out.

Magic: G Evan Fournier (R foot soreness) is listed as questionable. G Jodie Meeks (R thumb sprain) and G C. J. Wilcox (L Achilles tendinitis) are listed as out.

LAST 10:
Warriors: 9-1. Magic: 3-7.

SERIES HISTORY:
The Warriors have swept the Magic in each of the past three seasons, compiling a six-game win streak during which they’ve won by an average of 10.8 points per game.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH:
EARLY FOCUS: After such astonishing success in a grueling week, with three emotional games, the Warriors may be susceptible to a letdown against inferior competition. Will they be able to summon the intensity from the start?

THE BIG MEN: Zaza Pachulia will have his hands full with Nikola Vucevic, the USC product who is one of the league’s more skilled scorers in the paint. Vucevic is not much of a defender, though, so Pachulia may find a few opportunities via the back cut or the pick-and-roll.

INSIDE D: If ever there were an offensive team begging to be defended by a zone, it is the Magic, who are 25th in field-goal percentage and, even worse, 28th in 3-point shooting percentage. The Warriors should be in good shape if they limit penetration.

Ex-Warrior rips Thunder for not defending Westbrook after Pachulia incident

Ex-Warrior rips Thunder for not defending Westbrook after Pachulia incident

Late in the first half of Wednesday night's game against the Thunder, Warriors center Zaza Pachulia made hard contact with Russell Westbrook, sending the Oklahoma City star sprawling to the ground.

The referees reviewed the play and gave Pachulia a flagrant foul.

Replays show Pachulia appearing to stand over Westbrook and none of his Thunder teammates coming to his defense.

Raja Bell, a 12-year NBA veteran who was briefly a Warrior during the 2009-10 season, was not happy with the reaction of the Thunder players.

"You are supposed to come flying across the court. You don't have to punch him, because that's a lot of money. But he should catch a forearm across his shoulder, a shove in the back, you ain't gonna knock down Russell Westbrook, the everything to the team I'm playing on, who feeds me, who makes me better, you ain't gonna do that and just stand over him and ice grill him. Not a chance," Bell said on Thursday during the NBA Crossover show on CBS Sports.

The incident started a war of words between Westbrook a Pachulia following the game.

"I don't know. He hit me kind of hard. But it's alright. I'm going to get his ass back. Straight up," Westbrook said when asked about what happened on the play.

He was then asked if he noticed Pachulia standing over him.

"I didn't see that until just now, but I don't play that game. I'm going to get his ass back. Whenever that is, I don't know, but I don't play that game," Westbrook said.

Pachulia responded to Westbrook's comments moments later.

"I can't worry about that kind of comment. I'm part of an amazing team and we have a great goal of winning a championship. I'm all in with my energy, 100 percent. So we're thinking about this team, staying healthy, moving forward, getting better, getting to the playoffs and playing for the championship. That's what I'm thinking about. I'm not thinking about those kind of comments.

"That team is not there, so they may be thinking about other stuff like getting me back. Okay, you can get me back. But again, it's my 14th year, we all know what my game is, to play hard, not dirty. If it was a hard foul, it was a hard foul. It wasn't dirty at all. I'm not worried about this," Pachulia told the media.