Warriors finish off Grizzlies with fourth-quarter spurt
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Stephen Curry contributed two 3-pointers to a 14-5 fourth-quarter run Sunday night that enabled the Golden State Warriors to pull away from the Memphis Grizzlies en route to a 106-94 victory.
Curry finished with 21 points and Klay Thompson a game-high 31 for the Warriors (59-14), who extended the league's longest active winning streak to seven games while squaring the season series 2-2 with the Grizzlies.
Mike Conley had 29 points and a team-high six assists for Memphis (40-33), which lost ground in its pursuit of the fifth and sixth playoff spots in the West.
The Warriors led just 83-81 entering the fourth quarter and 89-86 three minutes into it after a 3-pointer by the Grizzlies' Troy Daniels.
But the Golden State defense then forced nine consecutive Memphis misses, allowing the Warriors' Curry-led offense to take charge.
The first of Curry's two late 3-pointers came at the end of a 7-0 burst that opened the lead to 96-86 with 4:57 remaining.
After Conley ended the Grizzlies' drought with a jumper, Curry countered immediately with another 3-pointer, this one opening the largest lead to that point at 99-88 with 3:33 remaining.
Thompson hit 7 of 11 3-pointers and Curry was 5 of 12, helping Golden State finish 17 of 31 (54.8 percent) from beyond the arc in the game.
Andre Iguodala was the third Warriors player with 20 or more points, accumulating 20 on 7-of-8 shooting from the floor.
The Warriors outscored the Grizzlies 51-24 on 3-pointers in the game.
Conley had four of Memphis' eight 3-pointers. He connected on 4 of 6 and his teammates combined to miss 19 of 23.
Zach Randolph had 15 points and JaMychal Green 13 to go with a game-high-tying eight rebounds for the Grizzlies, who dropped their third straight.
The game was tightly contested throughout, with neither team able to gain more than a nine-point advantage until Curry's 3-pointer with 4:57 left.
The Warriors gained a nine-point lead -- the game's biggest to that point -- on an Iguodala dunk that put Memphis in an 80-71 hole late in the third quarter.
But the Grizzlies immediately countered with a 10-1 burst to get even, with Daniels contributing a 3-pointer and Conley two baskets to the run.
NOTES: Both teams were without a key player. Warriors SF Kevin Durant (strained knee ligament) missed his 13th consecutive game and the Grizzlies held out C Marc Gasol (strained left foot). ... Asked before the game about Gasol's prognosis, Grizzlies coach David Fizdale reported, "It's not his surgical foot. It's not a rest thing. When something like that comes up, you just want to be cautious and err on the side of keeping him healthy." ... The Warriors improved to 9-4 without Durant. ... The Warriors managed to even the season series with the Grizzlies, a potential first-round playoff opponent, despite losing the first two meetings, including 128-119 in overtime in Oakland in January.