Lee, Warriors get first road win of the season in Detroit

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Lee, Warriors get first road win of the season in Detroit

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The Warriors got plenty of contributions against Detroit and won their first road game of the season. After struggling at the defensive end on Saturday against Charlotte, the Warriors held the Pistons to just 42 percent shooting to raise their record to 4-8 for the season.Warriors 99, Pistons 91Star of the game: Warriors power forward David Lee had a team-high 24 points to go along with six rebounds. Lee played his most efficient offensive game of the season, going 10-for-12 from the floor. His consecutive double-double streak ended at six with this game, and yet he was as effective against the Pistons as he was at any time during the stretch."He's playing great," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said."He understands when he makes mistakes. He's our post presence, not just scoring but also facilitating. He's doing it all, he's battling. It's tough for me to take him or Monta (Ellis) out of the game when they're playing at that level."Key stretch: The Warriors outscored the Pistons 10-0 early in the fourth quarter to open up an 88-73 lead. The run was sparked at the defensive end, with Golden State forcing three misses and two turnovers during the stretch."Unlike the Charlotte game (a 112-100 loss) where we didn't make the extra-effort plays, our defense kept us in the game in the first half," Lee said. "That put us in position when we made our run in the second half it wasn't to pull back even it was to pull ahead."Monroe produces: Pistons second-year forward Greg Monroe, whom the Warriors passed on in the 2010 draft in favor of Ekpe Udoh, finished with 25 points and eight rebounds.Ellis out early: Jackson went to his bench early on Sunday, and in a surprise, removed Ellis just six minutes into the first quarter. Ellis had three turnovers and picked up two fouls, which helped usher in Klay Thompson.Ellis played just 13 minutes in the first half, and was shaken up late in the second quarter when he bumped knees with Ben Gordon. Ellis was able to walk off the injury, but it was the second game in a row in which Ellis banged-up his left knee.Ellis hung in there and scored 17 points in the second half and wound up with 22 for the night."He's gotten frustrated lately because he's been physically abused at times and not getting to the line," Jackson said. "But great players, in spite of adversity, in spite of not getting the whistle, gut it out. And I'm proud of the way he handled it tonight and began to make plays."Lees first quarter: Lee helped get the Warriors off to a good start on Sunday, establishing himself on the interior. Lee had 13 of his 24 points in the first quarter and went 5-for-5 from the field in the period. Lee took turns scoring on Jonas Jerebko, then went to work against Jason Maxiell.Jenkins contributes: Jackson had been using rookie point guard Charles Jenkins sparingly in recent games but not against Detroit. Jenkins set a career-high in minutes (28) against the Pistons, and there was reason for it: Jenkins was solid.He played the entire third quarter, contributed on defense and didnt make any mistakes at the offensive end.Jenkins finished with eight points, five assists and zero turnovers.

Spurs beat Grizz, advance to face Rockets in Western Conference semis

Spurs beat Grizz, advance to face Rockets in Western Conference semis

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MEMPHIS, Tenn -- Kawhi Leonard scored 29 points, and the San Antonio Spurs advanced to the Western Conference semifinals by beating the Memphis Grizzlies 103-96 Thursday night to take the series 4-2.

The Spurs now have beaten Memphis four of the five playoff series between these teams, and this was San Antonio's second straight win over the Grizzlies in the first round.

Tony Parker added 27 points on 11-of-14 shooting, while LaMarcus Aldridge had 17 points and 12 rebounds. Patty Mills had 10 points off the bench for the Spurs. San Antonio outrebounded Memphis 46-28, with 16 of those offensive boards. That led to 17 second-chance points.

Their semifinal with Houston will start Monday night in San Antonio.

Mike Conley scored 26 points, leading the five Memphis starters in double digits. Marc Gasol added 18, Zach Randolph 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Vince Carter had 12 points.

The Grizzlies fell to 3-10 in elimination games, losing six straight.

This was a taut game with 16 ties and nine lead changes, especially with four ties in the fourth quarter.

The Spurs took control after the Grizzlies went up 88-81 on three free throws from Conley with 6:29 left. Then Leonard scored eight straight for San Antonio, starting a 22-8 run to finish the game.

Even with Conley and Gasol a combined 2 of 10 in the first quarter, the Grizzlies trailed only 24-22 after Conley knocked down a 3 at the end of the quarter for his first bucket of the game. Conley hit another 3 for the final shot in the second quarter, putting Memphis up 50-45. The team that led at halftime won each of the first five games.

Parker hit his first six shots before finally missing his seventh with 29 seconds left in the first half.

The Grizzlies took their biggest lead at 57-47 on a 3-pointer by James Ennis III. That gave Memphis as many made 3s (9 of 17) as the Spurs had attempted (3 of 9) at that point. Randolph's layup with 7:19 left matched that 10-point lead at 63-53.

Then the Spurs went on a 13-3 run over a 4-minute span to erase that lead on Aldridge's three-point play at 67-66. Aldridge finished with nine points in helping the Spurs lead 75-74 at the end of the quarter.

TIP-INS

Spurs: They improved to 36-15 with a chance to clinch a series under coach Gregg Popovich, who took over in the 1996-97 season. ... Manu Ginobili converted a four-point play with 1:31 left in the third, putting the Spurs up 73-69. ... The Spurs wound up tying the Grizzlies' reserves with 16 points thanks to Mills.

Grizzlies: The Grizzlies set a franchise record hitting eight 3-pointers in the first half, topping the previous mark of seven in the second half May 1, 2005, against Phoenix. ... Conley has 20 or more points in five straight playoff games, the longest such streak in franchise history.

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Memphis coach David Fizdale earned a $30,000 fine from the NBA for his "Take that for data" rant about the free throw discrepancy in Game 2. Well, Leonard was 9 of 10 at the free throw line through three quarters compared to the Grizzlies' 7 of 8. The Spurs were 18 of 20 through three quarters. The Spurs finished 22 of 25 compared to 20 of 24 for Memphis.

Warriors GM Myers 'very, very confident' Kerr will return to coaching

Warriors GM Myers 'very, very confident' Kerr will return to coaching

Steve Kerr did not coach in Game 3 or Game 4 against the Blazers and is out indefinitely.

On Thursday, Warriors GM Bob Myers spoke with Jim Rome about Kerr's situation.

“What he’s going through right now is not a product of stress, it’s not a product of coaching, it’s more a physical issue that will be solved," Myers started. "When it will be solved, no one can say. But it is solvable, it’s fixable and like I said, he’s going to coach, but right now he just can’t.

"There’s some things that need to be corrected. But I think he’ll get back. I’m very very confident he will be back coaching, I just can’t say when.”

Kerr was not at practice on Wednesday and is consulting with specialists at Stanford this week.

Kerr is finishing up Year 3 of the five-year deal he signed back in May 2014.

"I think this guy is going to coach for a long time, because he thoroughly enjoys it," Myers said. "He really loves the game, and he is a great teacher. And you’ve had him on, I’m sure you’ve met him and talked to him. It’s one thing to know the game, but he has the ability to communicate it and our players clearly respond.

"So I can see that’s why a question you’d ask I totally get it and other people have asked but no I think he’s going to be in this game for a long time, we just have to get him back healthy now.”

The Warriors' next practice and media availability is on Friday.

The next series against the Jazz or Clippers will start on either Sunday or Tuesday.