NBA Basketball

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Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Memphis 22 32 42 24 120
Golden State 24 29 37 32 122
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Chase Center, San Francisco, California  Attendance: 18,064

Slumping Grizzlies set for energetic clash with Warriors

According to STATS
According to STATS

Memphis Grizzlies at Golden State Warriors

  1. The Warriors won the first matchup of the year between these teams with a 123-109 home victory on Christmas Day, their fifth straight win when hosting the Grizzlies (including postseason). That matches their longest home win streak ever versus Memphis (2017-18).
  2. The Grizzlies trailed by 10 after three quarters in Sacramento on Monday before being outscored 33-10 in the fourth in an eventual 133-100 loss. Memphis shot 2-for-20 from the field in the fourth, its worst field-goal percentage (.100) in any quarter in team history.
  3. Ja Morant surpassed 5000 career points in his last game on Sunday, the 226th game of his career. He is the third point guard in the last 50 seasons (since 1973-74) to reach that total in fewer than 230 games, along with Luka Doncic (194) and Trae Young (208).
  4. Golden State led by as many as 17 on Sunday versus Brooklyn before ultimately falling, 120-116, their largest blown lead in a defeat this year. The Warriors fell to 4-3 (.571) when leading at halftime this month after going 15-3 (.833) previously this season.
  5. Stephen Curry had 26 points, six rebounds and seven assists in the loss, giving him 934, 203 and 203, respectively, in 32 games on the year. That is the fewest games needed to reach 900-200-200 in a single season in franchise history.
  6. Desmond Bane is one of three players averaging at least 20.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists on 50.0+ percent shooting this month, along with Nikola Jokic and LeBron James (minimum 5 games).

One of the NBA's best budding rivalries will be renewed Wednesday night when the Memphis Grizzlies and Golden State Warriors duke it out again in San Francisco.

The Nos. 2 and 3 seeds in last year's Western Conference playoffs will be meeting for the second time this season, with Golden State using a 40-point, third-quarter explosion to run off to a 123-109 home win on Christmas.

That head-to-head was the first since a heated Western semifinal series last May in which the Warriors' Gary Payton II suffered a broken elbow on a hard foul by the Grizzlies' Dillon Brooks, who was suspended for one game.

Golden State won the series 4-2 en route to a fourth NBA title in the last eight years.

Memphis appears to be well-situated for another run at Western Conference -- and perhaps NBA -- honors this season despite having lost three in a row. The Grizzlies' stumble has come after they won 11 straight while vaulting into second place in the conference behind the Denver Nuggets.

The Grizzlies have used a 20-3 home record to build their lofty perch in the standings, and they will look to find their winning touch again in Wednesday's rematch.

The first two of Memphis' three consecutive defeats were heartbreakers, with the Grizzlies coming up one point short against the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday and two points shy of the Phoenix Suns on Sunday.

Exhausted from those efforts, and playing for the third time in four nights on the road, Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins chose to rest Ja Morant and Steven Adams on Monday in Sacramento. The result was a 133-100 drubbing by the Kings.

"Got to look ourselves in the mirror," Memphis veteran Tyus Jones said on the eve of the Sacramento loss. "We gotta want to be better if we want change. And if we don't, it'll be a long road trip for us."

The Grizzlies will end their five-game trip Friday at Minnesota.

The Warriors were without Stephen Curry for the Christmas win over the Grizzlies, but used 32 points from Jordan Poole to nearly offset Morant's 36.

That left the supporting casts to decide the outcome, with Golden State getting 24 points from Klay Thompson and double-figure scoring from four others, while Draymond Green provided his usual dirty work in the form of 13 rebounds and 13 assists.

Like the Grizzlies, the Warriors have been far better at home than on the road this season, although that wasn't the case Sunday, when Golden State opened a three-game homestand with a 120-116 loss to the Brooklyn Nets.

Curry had 26 points in the defeat, but Thompson and Andrew Wiggins combined for just 14 on 6-of-26 shooting overall and 0 of 10 on 3-pointers.

The Grizzlies can expect to see something different than last year's playoffs as Warriors coach Steve Kerr has inserted Poole into the starting lineup in recent games, going with a smaller lineup while shifting center Kevon Looney to the bench.

Poole, who never started in the Memphis series last year, has averaged 26.3 points in his last four starts.

"He seems to play better in the starting lineup for whatever reason. I can theorize (why)," Kerr said. "There is more space when he's playing with Steph. Generally, (opponents) will have a lesser defender on him. It's a good fit."

--Field Level Media

Updated January 24, 2023

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