Jackson: 'Disappointing way to end the road trip'
In his return to the starting lineup, Stephen Curry scored a team-high 22 points. had five assists and nabbed three steals. (USATSI)
Grizzlies center Marc Gasol had his way with Andrew Bogut, who scored just one point in almost 30 minutes of action. (AP)
Looking very much like a team concluding a road trip with its second game in 24 hours, the Warriors faded down the stretch and took a 108-90 loss to the Grizzlies on Saturday night at the FedEx Forum in Memphis.
Stephen Curry's return provided an early burst, as he scored 17 first-half points and finished with a team-high 22. Andre Iguodala added 19 points as the Warriors took consecutive losses after winning the first two games of the road trip.
The Warriors made only four baskets after Curry's jumper with 9:56 remaining and the Grizzlies pulled away and coasted to victory.
Memphis power forward Zach Randolph got the best of his critical matchup against David Lee, finishing with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Lee fouled after 23 minutes with 13 points and nine rebounds.
The Warriors were not up to the defensive standard they've set through the first six games of the season, as Memphis shot 53 percent. In addition to the work of Randolph, guards Mike Conley and Tony Allen combined for 32 points on 13-for-17 shooting. All five Memphis starters finished in double figures and Mike Miller added 15 off the bench.
Curry's return was the brightest spot for the Warriors. After missing the game at San Antonio with a bone bruise on his left ankle, Curry moved well, nabbing three steals and making 4-of-10 3-pointers.
Iguodala rebounded from a poor game Friday night at San Antonio to deliver 19 points (on 8-of-10 shooting), with five rebounds, four assists and zero turnovers.
After an Iguodala jumper cut the deficit to three at 72-69 with 6:26 left in the third quarter, the Grizzlies responded with an 18-8 run to close the quarter and never really faced another threat. The Warriors at one point during that stretch committed four turnovers in less than three minutes.
With Curry back after a one-game absence and the return of Harrison Barnes, the Warriors are at their healthiest point of the season.
The Warriors return to Oracle Arena on Tuesday to open a three-game stand against the Detroit Pistons, who will be on a back-to-back after playing at Portland on Monday night. The Warriors swept two games against the Pistons last year and have beaten them four times in a row. But it's a retooled Detroit team, with the additions of Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings.