Grizz Compete Early, But Fall To Warriors In 2nd Half

The Grizzlies played a great first-half defensively, as the Golden State Warriors slumbered through the opening quarters to the tune of a 58-58 tie at intermission. But, the Warriors pulled away during the 3rd quarter, outscoring Memphis 34-15.

First Half Showed Some Good Things

For 24 minutes, the Grizzlies (5-4) defense looked as good as advertised as they stuck their hands in passing lanes, poked balls loose from behind, and held the Warriors (10-1) to just 6 3-pointers in the first-half. Kyle Anderson had 4 steals to go along with 2 from Garrett Temple and Jaren Jackson contributed 5 blocks, including 2 in one possession.

Dillon Brooks scored 11 first-quarter points as Memphis led 31-29 after the first 12 minutes of gameplay. The Grizzlies forced turnovers early in the 2nd quarter, but were unable to capitalize on most of them as Golden State outscored the Grizz on points off turnovers, 23-11. Memphis turned the ball over just 10 times in the game, while the Warriors coughed it up 13 times.

Klay Thompson (18) and Kevin Durant (16) led the reigning Champs in the first-half, before finishing the game with 27 and 22, respectively. Steph Curry had just 10 first-half points, as the Grizzlies defense did a solid job of running the Dubs off the 3-point line, and had them settle for midrange Thompson and Durant jumpers. And free throws. GSW was 16-16 from the line in the first-half, compared to 7-8 for Memphis.

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Third Quarter To Not Remember

Draymond Green did not return for the start of the 2nd half with an injury, but the Warriors were able to crash the offensive glass and eventually got their offense rolling thanks to a boost from Alfonzo McKinnie (14 points, 4-5 from 3) and the hot hands of Thompson and Durant and the Warriors led 92-73 after the 3rd. Seriously, look at this shot Klay makes in the video below. What in the hell.

And then it was never really close as Quinn Cook (13 points) put the game away in the 4th quarter as the Warriors went on to win 117-101.

Dillon Brooks finished with 18 points, while Jackson and Shelvin Mack both scored 15. Marc Gasol scored 8 points to go along with 10 boards and 9 assists. But the big fella attempted just 2 shots from the field! T-W-O! The Grizzlies will not beat anyone with Marc Gasol taking just 2 shots. Mike Conley also finished with just 9 points. And that ain’t going to cut it either.

Blue Note Bourbon Player of the Game

Dillon Brooks and his 18 points will take the honors this game, even though he largely disappeared after his dominant 1st quarter of basketball until garbage time. I can’t give it to anyone else.

Next Man Up

The Denver Nuggets (9-1) will come to Memphis for a Wednesday night matchup at FedExForum.


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