Stifling defense propels Grizzlies past Warriors
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The Memphis Grizzlies stunned Golden State 110-89 Saturday night at FedExForum for their sixth straight win, holding the Warriors to a season low for points.
The Memphis defense dominated from the start and the Grizzlies scored 30 points off 23 Golden State turnovers. It was only the second time this season that the Warriors failed to score 100 points. Their previous low was 97 in a 20-point setback to the Los Angeles Lakers on Nov. 4.
Playing without starting point guard Mike Conley (lower back), Memphis leaned on center Marc Gasol for 19 points, eight rebounds, six assists, two blocks and a steal. Swingman Tony Allen also had 19 points and forward JaMychal Green had 14 and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Memphis (17-8) stopped the Warriors' four-game winning streak. Golden State (20-4) came in having won 16 of its previous 17 games, but was never close Saturday and trailed by 28 points early in the fourth quarter before coach Steve Kerr pulled all of his starters.
Forward Kevin Durant led the Warriors with 21 points and seven rebounds. Point guard Stephen Curry finished with 17 points and eight rebounds but was just 4 of 14 from the floor and 3 of 11 from 3-point range.
The Grizzlies led by 23 at halftime and started the third quarter with a 7-0 run that pushed their lead to 68-38 at the10:39 mark after a dunk by guard Troy Williams (11 points). Seven Memphis players reached double figures, including forward Zach Randolph (14 points and seven rebounds), forward Jarell Martin (14 points and seven rebounds), and guard Andrew Harrison (11 points and five assists).
Golden State made 34 of 77 from the field for 44.2 percent and hit 9 of 27 from 3-point range for 33.3 percent. The Grizzlies made 38 of 87 shots for 43.7 percent and were 8 of 26 from distance for 30.8 percent.
The Warriors' only lead came at the 11:25 mark of the first quarter when Durant hit a 3-pointer to put them up 3-2. Memphis led 61-38 at halftime and the Warriors were shooting just 34.1 percent from the field, their low for a half this season.
NOTES: Golden State entered the game with six-game winning streak over Memphis, including a 4-0 season sweep in 2015-16. ... The Warriors also carried an eight-game road winning streak into Saturday's game. ... In the Grizzlies' previous three games -- all wins -- C Marc Gasol has averaged 30.0 points, 10.7 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.33 steals and 1.33 blocks while shooting 50.0 percent from the field and 50.0 percent from 3-point range. It's the first time in Gasol's NBA career that he has averaged 30.0 points in a three-game stretch. ... Memphis has played more games decided by five or fewer points (10) than any team in the NBA this season and has won them all. ... Warriors F Draymond Green leads the team in assists (7.3 per game) and steals (2.32 per game). ... Golden State swingman Andre Iguodala sat out Saturday (rest).