Bouncing back from one match, the Memphis Grizzlies are now leading the Western Conference semifinal series against the Golden State Warriors 2-1. Memphis won two-in-a-row with point-guard Mike Conley back in business after a facial surgery. Conley scored 11 points, as the Grizzlies won 99-89 in game 3 on Saturday.
The side that recorded the best pre-season campaign scored only 6 of 26 from the 3-point range, and 19 out of 28 free throws. Memphis made the most of these and outplayed the Warriors at home. Zach Randolph notched up 22 points and Marc Gasol added 21 points and 15 rebounds to the winner’s tally. Courtney Lee also finished with 11 points.
In rebounds, Memphis led 44-39. From the paint the Grizzlies outscored the Warriors 46-32. The Warriors conceded 17 turnovers while the Grizzlies scored 22 points out of them. But starting 4th quarter trailing by 19 points, the Warriors showed their marvel by reducing the margin to 88-84 at one stage. Lee hit a 3 and Gasol pulled off a long jumper to restore Memphis’ drive home.
MVP Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 23 points but struggled with his shooting with 8 of 21 from the field and 2 of 10 beyond the arc. Credit goes to Memphis for tying him down.
“I have to play better for us to win games, especially on the road,” Curry said after game 3. “I hold myself to a high standard. I haven’t reached it yet. So looking forward to the challenge of getting that level in Game 4, setting the tone and could be a different outcome.”
Klay Thompson scored 20 points and Harrison Barnes added 16.
“This was a huge win for our franchise, a huge win for our team,” Memphis coach Dave Joerger said after notching up 2 in a row. “The crowd was fantastic.
Game 4 is on Monday at Memphis.