Jason Richardson has never appeared in the playoffs in six career seasons with the Golden State Warriors, but their postseason drought began long before he arrived.

The Golden State swingman tries to help his team move closer to its first playoff appearance since 1994 when the Warriors host the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday afternoon.

Golden State (34-39) is ninth in the Western Conference as it tries to catch Denver and the Los Angeles Clippers, the teams holding the final two postseason spots. The Warriors may be on the rise after Richardson helped them bounce back from two straight losses with an impressive 124-119 win over the Phoenix Suns on Thursday.

Richardson spurred the win with 36 points and 12 rebounds - both season-highs - and made a franchise-record eight 3-pointers despite coach Don Nelson's assertion before the game that the guard hasn't fully recovered after undergoing knee surgery before the season.

Richardson bounced back Thursday after being held scoreless for the first time since his rookie season in Monday's 126-89 loss to San Antonio.

"It was huge for me to come out tonight. That was one of the worst games I've had in my career," Richardson said. "I owe my teammates more, I owe my coaches more than what I did the last game and I really wanted to do something, but I wasn't really expecting to shoot the ball like that tonight."

Baron Davis added 21 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds for the Warriors, who scored 45 points in the first quarter and 77 in the first half - both season-bests - before holding off a late rally.

"We're battling for that eighth spot and we haven't been playing good basketball the last three games, so it was important for us to get this one," Davis said. "It got ugly at the end but we have two days before our next game so we have some corrections to make."

Golden State snapped a five-game losing streak to Memphis (19-55) with a 118-115 overtime victory on Feb. 21. The Warriors won despite allowing Mike Miller to make nine 3-pointers and score a Memphis team record 45 points.

Miller and Damon Stoudamire are both expected to miss their fifth straight games with patellar tendinitis. The absence of Miller is probably good news for the Warriors since the swingman also made 9-of-12 3-pointers and scored 33 points in the Grizzlies' 144-135 victory over Golden State in their first meeting on Jan. 3.

The high-scoring game wasn't surprising since Memphis and Golden State are the NBA's two worst defensive teams in terms of point allowed. Memphis is surrendering 106.3 points while Golden State is giving up a league-worst 107.3.

The Grizzlies failed to build on their first set of back-to-back wins of the season with a poor defensive performance in a 120-93 loss Friday at Seattle, allowing the SuperSonics to make 10 3-pointers and shoot 58.0 percent.

"I don't think you can play a lot of minutes of the zone in this league because teams shoot the ball,'' Grizzlies coach Tony Barone said. "They made shots early and they got off to a great start.''

The Grizzlies missed all seven 3-pointers, failing to make one for the first time this season, and committed 20 turnovers. Hakim Warrick was a bright spot with 26 points and 11 rebounds.

These teams conclude their season series Friday in Memphis.


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