If the Golden State Warriors manage to score 100 points in Game 6 at Memphis on Friday, they’ll make it to the Western Conference Finals. The Grizzlies bounced back in the series by battling the Warriors in Game 2 and 3, though they failed miserably due to their poor shooting record, which continued in game 5 at California on Wednesday. The Warriors notched up a comfortable 98-78 win to lead the best of seven semifinal series 3-2.
The Grizzlies appeared helpless with their shots, scoring only 32 points on 31.1 percent in the entire second and third quarter. Memphis scored only 30 points from the paint and were 4 of 15 from the three-pointer range. Warriors defense organization was remarkable.
“I think I said the first couple of games our defense was good enough,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr noted after his team held Memphis to 1.6 points per minute. “I was wrong. It wasn’t good enough. This is what it’s going to take, this kind of defense.”
In the first half the Warriors stole the show by netting 9 three-pointers. Impregnable defense helped the Warriors lead 12 by second quarter, 17 at the end of the third. No special explosion was required from Stephen Curry. Klay Thompson topped the scoring with 21 points and Harrison Barnes added 14 to winners tally.
Zach Randolph notched up 11 of his 13 points in the first half. Marc Gasol added 18 points for the Memphis. After the first 19 minutes, the Grizzlies led 23-10, but the hosts came back strongly to end the quarter on a 16-2 run.