After losing 11 in a row to the Grizzlies, the Warriors finally got the monkey off their back, and did so in impressive fashion, defeating Memphis 108-82 on Saturday night. The Warriors led from start to finish, and were carried by the usual suspects. Klay Thompson led all scorers with 30 points on 12-of-19 shooting. David Lee posted another double-double with 23 points and 11 boards, while Stephen Curry did the same with 22 points and a season-high 15 assists. It was the first win on the back end of a back-to-back for the Dubs so far this season. They’ll look to end the road trip on a high note when they take on the Bobcats in Charlotte on Monday.
On tonight's game:
"I think we showed who we truly are. We’ve been upset with the way we’ve played. We came in here against a team that we had not had much success, or any success, at all against and we got a quality win. I’m really proud of my guys. The energy, effort, enthusiasm and the way we executed. I thought some guys had some big nights. David Lee was back to the old David Lee. We need that guy and he was awesome tonight. Steph [Stephen Curry] was off the charts, directing the show and making plays. Congratulations to him for breaking the franchise record. I thought Klay [Thompson] was outstanding. Our bigs both did a great job on the back. Overall it was a big win for us."
On never losing the lead:
"It was very important. It was the first time in my career that I was locked and loaded to call an early timeout. Fortunately, it didn’t have to take place because of the way we came out. It was a big game for us."
On Stephen Curry not taking many shots in the first quarter:
"He recognized Klay [Thompson] was hot. Klay was getting open looks and great offense was coming off of it. Part of being a maestro is understanding who has the hot hand and making plays. I thought Steph did a great job of that, and when it came time he took over offensively."
On Stephen Curry playing 45 minutes:
"We need to win and he is our best player. [We were] staying aware of the fact of how he was feeling. He said he was fine so we kept him in there and kept the ball in his hands. That’s what the best players do: they will themselves and their group to big time wins."
"He did a great job. Early on he couldn’t find his shot. When we looked, Klay [Thompson] really carried us offensively. Steph was making great decisions. He didn’t force the issue. When it came time, he established a rhythm offensively. Overall, his game tonight was a thing of beauty."
On defensive efforts:
"That’s who we are. We’re built on the defensive end. It’s very positive that we got back to that. We paid attention to the details. We paid attention to their homerun hitters in the their lineup and did a great job of putting together 48 minutes of basketball. We’ve played this team well, but we haven’t played them well for 48 minutes. Especially coming off of last night [against Houston]. It was very impressive how my guys battled the obvious fatigue and found a way to come up with a quality win."
"We were very aggressive. [Andrew] Bogut did a great job. I thought David [Lee] did a great job of battling. Our perimeter guys did a great job making sure they didn’t hurt us from the offensive boards. We forced the issue across the board tonight."
On ending the 11-game losing streak against the Grizzlies:
"I’d be lying if I said it didn’t [mean anything]. They’ve had their way with us. It’s been a long time coming. For these new guys here, they don’t know the history. People talk about the San Antonio streak and all of that, but that’s not our history. This is the one streak that is ours and we own it. It’s very refreshing and it means a lot to come in and get a win."
On the game:
"We have to be a resilient team. We are not going to play perfectly all year long. We just have to respond, and I think we did a great job tonight. We had to set the tone. When you are up against a team at home, after a tough loss, it’s about who wants it more. We set the tone and got the win. It is important to do that on the road. We hit some shots, but defensively we played better. We took care of the ball. Klay Thompson was hot early. We had some match-ups that we wanted to attack. We didn’t force anything. We trusted our teammates and made plays."
On breaking the losing streak against the Grizzlies:
"We knew what the situation was. We knew what we had to do. In the past, they have been more accomplished. We knew we had to come out on top. We set our minds to it. It was a big win for us. We can be excited about bouncing back and getting the win, but we can’t go lose to Charlotte in our next game."
On tonight's game:
"Tonight was a two-fold situation. We wanted to bounce back after last night’s game. Also, we haven’t won here in so long. The Memphis Grizzlies were a team that we needed to beat. So it was an all-around good night for us. It was nice to get out of here with a win and to get some momentum back. Last night’s game was frustrating. So it was nice to get back on track, to be clicking on all cylinders, and to play well as a team is huge. Tonight I feel like we were a lot more aggressive to start the game. We played well defensively to start the game. Also, we didn’t have dumb turnovers that led to easy baskets for the other team. We took care of the ball and shared the ball. We got rebounds, played solid defense, and stuck to our principals. We got a strong lead. They made a good run, like we knew they would. We lengthened our lead in the third quarter to finish it off."
On his progression as a player:
"I felt a lot better. I was trying to be more aggressive. I think if I can get quality shots up, then it’s going to open up the guards more. I’m going to continue to play more aggressive and go from there"
BACK TO BACK
After opening their road trip with a loss in Houston on Friday, the Warriors will return to action on Saturday when they face the Grizzlies on the back end of a back-to-back. This will be third matchup between the two teams, and the Warriors are hoping that the third time will be the charm after they suffered losses in their first two meetings. This will be the fifth time the Warriors have played on consecutive days, not to mention the second time they play in Memphis in this scenario, and the Dubs will be looking for their first win on the back end of a back-to-back.
LAST TIME OUT
The Warriors fell behind and could not re-capture Tuesday’s comeback magic, dropping the opener of a three-game road trip, 105-83, in Houston on Friday. Stephen Curry had 22 points to lead the Warriors, who shot just 35.5 percent from the field and issued 22 turnovers that led to 23 points for the Rockets. Stephen Curry had 22 points to lead the Warriors and Harrison Barnes added 14, while Kent Bazemore (12 points) and Marreese Speights (9 points, 7 rebounds) put in some quality minutes off the bench with the game out of hand. GAME RECAP
ALL IN THE KLAY
If there is one indicator of Warriors success, look at the performance of Klay Thompson. He has averaged 24.1 points and 4.6 made 3-pointers while shooting 57.3 percent from beyond the arc in Warriors wins, a stark contrast to his 16.0 points and 29.3 3-point percentage in losses. Thompson leads the NBA with 68 made 3-pointers and he’ll certainly like to get back on track after he made just two of his 10 shot attempts in Houston on Friday. DUB THE VOTE
SEEKING A RECORD
Stephen Curry set an NBA record with 272 made 3-pointers last season, and he’s on the verge of making history once again. The Splash Brother has sunk 699 3-pointers in his career, and he needs just one more to tie Jason Richardson’s franchise record. Curry is a dangerous shooter for many reasons, but what makes him truly unique is his ability to knock down the pull-up shot. Heading into Friday’s game, he led the NBA with 13.4 points off of pull-up jumpers, defined as shots from at least 10 feet away in which a player dribbles at least once before shooting. MORE ANALYTICS ON CURRY’S SHOOTING | DUB THE VOTE
MEMPHIS SCOUTING REPORT
The Grizzlies have had the Warriors’ number in recent years, having won each of their last 11 games against the Dubs. Marc Gasol has been a key cog in that winning streak, but he will miss Saturday’s game with a sprained left MCL. With Gasol out, the offense will likely run through Mike Conley and Zach Randolph, both of whom have caused Warriors problems this season. Conley has averaged 19.5 points against the Dubs this season, while Randolph has put up 22 points and 11.5 boards per game in those contests. The Grizzlies have lost four of their last six games, and the Warriors will like nothing more than to make it five of their last seven.
GSW: Toney Douglas (stress reaction, left tibia), Festus Ezeli (recovery from right knee surgery), Andre Iguodala (left hamstring strain) and Ognjen Kuzmic (fifth
metacarpal fracture, right hand) are out.
metacarpal fracture, right hand) are out.
MEM: Tony Allen (right hip contusion) is day-to-day and Marc Gasol (left MCL sprain) is out indefinitely.