The Warriors closed out a 100-93 win over the Memphis Grizzlies by outscoring them 14-0 over the game's final three minutes on Friday night. Stephen Curry scored 19 of his game-high 33 points in the second half, giving the Warriors their 45th win of the season. Marreese Speights recorded 15 points and eight assists in his first start with the Warriors as David Lee sat out with a strained right hamstring. The Warriors' bench, led by Draymond Green (12 points, nine rebounds) and Jermaine O'Neal (10 points, six rebounds), outscored the Grizzlies' bench 33-17 as Golden State improves to 18-6 when winning the battle of reserves this season. Next up for the Dubs is a Sunday night matchup against the New York Knicks.
Mark Jackson
On tonight's game:
"Just awfully impressed with our energy, effort and the way we battled. I thought Mo (Marreese) Speights was spectacular. Draymond (Green) was outstanding and Jermaine O’Neal continues to keep the jab in the face of father time. Steph (Stephen Curry) obviously made huge plays. A great win for us. To think that we were minus our two top rebounders and to beat them on the boards says a lot about how we competed."
On Draymond Green guarding Zach Randolph:
"I wasn’t concerned because Zach Randolph is as good a scorer in this league on the block no matter who is guarding him. You can put the best defender on him and he can still get big numbers. All I asked Draymond (Green) to do is what he does every single second of every day and that is compete. He was overmatched, but he’s been overmatched his entire life. Our bigs did a great job of competing against that. That’s all you have to do and then let the chips fall where they may. They competed. Just an impressive win."
On Draymond Green's intangibles:
"If I’m in a foxhole I want him. He doesn’t care. He knows one way and that is to compete, to fight and to battle. He’s be questioned his whole life. He’s not afraid of the moment offensively or defensively. Just a spectacular night for him. This was a guy that when he came into the league people were saying ‘Why is he shooting threes?” and he’s winning ballgames with us knocking down shots and making huge plays on the defensive end. The guy is a tremendous warrior, no pun intended."
On demanding that Stephen Curry had the ball in the final few minutes:
"I’ve done it before, but probably not as adamant. I wanted to make sure that he knew to go get the basketball. That’s not saying something against anybody else, but we knew what we wanted offensively and we wanted it in our best player’s hands. That doesn’t even mean he shoots the ball, but we wanted to force them to make a decision and fortunately he went to get ball and the guy is a superstar basketball player and made incredible plays again tonight. Can’t say enough about hm. The impressive thing about it was they were up 93-86 with everything going their way and we close the game on a 14-0 run and Steph (Stephen Curry) was Steph."
On the final 14-0 run to close out the game:
"It’s nothing new to us. This is who this team is. We were shorthanded with tailor made excuses with guys being hurt and they just battled. If I have to go with a group, I’m going with this group. Just a big time win. They understand that the lights are bright and the pressure is on and we embrace it."
Stephen Curry
On this being a win:
"Understanding that Memphis is right behind us and these are home games that we’ve got to have to close out the season. All that and especially how the game went, like you said, with four minutes left, down seven, to close it out like we did. Huge win—sets us up for good momentum going into Sunday and we’ve just got to come back and be as focused as ever."
On Marreese Speights stepping up:
"Huge. We always tell him to be ready because obviously I’m sure he wants more playing time. Coach always preaches next man up and that you’ve got to be ready when you’re numbers called. There are going to be times when we’re going to rely on him to win us a game and provide huge minutes, and tonight was that kind of theme. Obviously he didn’t finish the game out but his attitude and the way he played all game was infectious for sure, knowing that he was prepared for that moment without getting as much playing time as he wants."
Draymond Green
On defending Zach Randolph:
"Make him take tough shots. You know he’s trying to get to that left hand, which everybody in the league knows. You’re still not going to stop him but you know that. You just try to sit on that left hand and try to make him take tough shots. One thing about Z-Bo is he never stops moving. If the ball is on the other side of the court, he is on the other block wedging for position. Whether it’s a rebound, a swing, a duck-in, whatever it is you just have to make sure you never relax. As soon as you relax he’s going to bury you under the rim and once he gets the ball under the rim, usually it’s going to go in because he has great touch."
On maintaining confidence in his shot:
"I struggled early. It’s just about maintaining that confidence. I think when I hit the first one I was probably 3-of-9 or something up to that point, so it’s just about maintaining confidence. I stay in the gym and work on my shot. I’m going to continue to take the shot and not lose confidence in it. Eventually they’ll fall and we’re able to come up with two big ones. The main thing is my coaches kept confidence in me, my teammates kept confidence in me to continue to throw me the basketball. I owe them that to knock those shots down."
Marreese Speights
On stepping up as a team:
"We had a good week of practice so we came out today excited to get back out on the court and play in front of the crowd. We knew we were a couple men short and we had to step up so that’s what we did and got the win."
On getting to start:
"I got an opportunity to start so I’m never going to be down on my team or coaches. I’m going to always stay ready whenever my name is called and keep working like I’ve been doing. I got an opportunity to start tonight and made sure I capitalized on it."
With an unusual scheduling quark giving the Warriors five days off between games, the team should be well rested for Friday’s home date with the Memphis Grizzlies. The ample time off gives the Dubs time to recover from its bumps and bruises, and that rest couldn’t come at a more perfect time as they gear up for the final 11 games of the regular season. Friday’s matchup will close out the four-game season series with the Grizzlies, and the game falls on another Authentic Fan Friday at Oracle Arena in which all fans in attendance will receive a Harrison Barnes Cheer Card, courtesy of Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. BUY TICKETS
The Warriors three-game winning streak came to an end with Saturday’s 99-90 loss to the Spurs. After coming back from 15 points down to take the lead early in the second half, the Dubs couldn’t maintain the momentum. Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 20 points and six assists and Andrew Bogut pulled down 17 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Spurs from extending their winning streak to 13 games. Neither team was particularly sharp offensively on the night, as the Warriors shot 40.3 percent from the field and the Spurs were held to 39.3 percent. GAME RECAP
With 11 games left in the regular season, the playoff picture is anything but set, and that is especially true in the Western Conference. Only two games separate fifth place from ninth, and one of those five teams will be left out when postseason play begins next month. The Warriors and Grizzlies are two teams that fall into that group. By going 13-5 since the All-Star Break, the Warriors have moved up to sixth in the West, while the Grizzlies aren't far behind. Only one game currently separate Golden State and Memphis in the standings, so Friday’s matchup will be an important one for both teams.
If you’re a fan of defense, you’ll want to tune into this game. The Warriors and Grizzlies are owners of two of the league’s top performing defenses, ranking in the top 10 in defensive rating (points allowed per 100 possessions), opponent field goal percentage and opponent scoring. The Warriors’ defense can possibly get another boost with the return of Andre Iguodala, who has missed the last three games with right knee tendinitis. Iguodala’s status for Friday night has yet to be determined, but the Dubs will certainly benefit from his return to the lineup along with standout center Andrew Bogut. The Grizzlies have a pair of premier defenders of their own in center Marc Gasol and swingman Tony Allen, so don’t be surprised if points are hard to come by on Friday.
The Grizzlies’ final Bay Area trip of the 2013-14 season will be the second of five straight road games. Heading into Friday’s matchup, Memphis had won nine of its last 11 games and has steadily climbed the ladder in the Western Conference standings. The Grizzlies’ rise to prominence coincides with the return of Marc Gasol, and the team has gone 26-9 (going into Wednesday) since the big man returned to action after recovering from a left MCL sprain. Gasol is the reigning Defensive Player of the Year and his impact on the game far exceeds his statistical output (13.9 points, 6.9 rebounds). In addition to Gasol’s excellence, the Grizzlies have a potent duo in guard Mike Conley (17.2 ppg), who is enjoying his highest scoring season, and Zach Randolph (17.3 ppg, 10 .2 rpg), who is one of 12 players in the NBA this season to average a points-rebounds double-double. The Grizzlies have had the Warriors’ number in recent years, but a Dubs victory on Friday would even the season series at two games apiece.
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Injury Report
GSW: Andre Iguodala (right knee tendinitis) has missed the last three games. Festus Ezeli (recovery from right knee surgery) is out. Nemanja Nedovic and Ogjnen Kuzmic are on assignment with the Santa Cruz Warriors of the D-League.

MEM: Quincy Pondexter (tarsal navicular stress fracture, right foot) is out. Jamaal Franklin is on D-League Assignment.