Postgame Report: Grizzlies light up scoreboard, rout Warriors 134-95 in Game 5
Key Stat of the Night
- Memphis scored 77 points in the first half, a franchise playoff record for points in any half. The Grizzlies recorded 25 points off turnovers before halftime, the most by any team in a first half over the last 25 postseasons.
- The Grizzlies outscored the Warriors 41-17 in the third quarter while outrebounding their opponent 16-8 and scoring 10 second chance points.
Key Run of the Night
- Memphis’ lead swelled to 55 points in the third quarter, and their 52-point lead at the end of the third quarter (119-67) tied the largest in an NBA playoff game since 1955 (other: Bucks at 76ers on March 30, 1970).
The Memphis Grizzlies delivered a 134-95 win over the Golden State Warriors in the face of elimination on Wednesday night at FedExForum.
The Grizzlies outscored the Warriors 41-17 in the third quarter on their way to the dominant victory in Game 5. Seven Grizzlies scored in double figures with Tyus Jones, Desmond Bane and Jaren Jackson Jr. leading the way. Jackson Jr. delivered on both ends, finishing with 21 points (6-10 FG, 4-6 3P), eight rebounds, three assists and two blocks. Jones notched 21 points with nine assists and three rebounds on 8-for-12 shooting from the field while Bane scored 21 points on 4-for-6 shooting from 3-point range.
Klay Thompson scored 19 points with three rebounds to lead the Warriors while Jonathan Kuminga added 17 points with three rebounds. Stephen Curry tallied 14 points with four rebounds.
Memphis closed the first quarter with a 9-0 run to take a 38-28 lead after one quarter. The Grizzlies shot 7-for-12 from three in the quarter as Jackson Jr. led the way with 10 points on 4-for-6 shooting from the field.
The Grizzlies stretched their lead to 77-50 at halftime using a 20-4 run in the second quarter. Memphis outrebounded the Warriors 30-17 in the first half and outscored Golden State 14-0 in second chance points, as Jackson Jr. and Bane led the Memphis with 13 points each.
Memphis put the game out of hand with a convincing 34-9 run over nine minutes to begin in the third quarter. The Grizzlies shot 52% from the field and 56% from three while holding the Warriors to 32% shooting in the third.
The Grizzlies outrebounded the Warriors 55-37 while scoring 50 points in the paint to Golden State’s 36. Memphis also grabbed 18 offensive rebounds while outscoring Golden State 24-6 in second chance points.
The Grizzlies look to even the series in Game 6 in San Francisco on Friday, May 13, at 9 p.m. CT.
On his pregame words about not doing more but doing better:I think everyone embraced the opportunity and the challenge that was ahead of us. We knew that we can get significantly better than previous games, even though some of them were close. I thought individually our guys came out with the right mentality, the urgency on the defensive end, so much better, the pace and just moving the ball. I think we had just great energy. We’re going to need that moving forward. Game 6 on the road. It’s going to be a tough one, but are we accepting the challenge? Are we responding to it? And are we going out there to do everything we can in our control to go in with a victory.
On how they were able to capitalize:Our pace. I mean, we were able to run. The ball movement and even more in the half-court, we only get to next actions and we were able to get in the paint and opened up a lot for us. Having better balance on the offensive end, but we capitalized because we had the urgency to run and capitalize.
On rebounding:Yeah, I mean, Steven (Adams)’s doing Steven things, but (Brandon Clarke) had a great bounce back game. Really proud of him just playing to his strengths. It just didn’t go his way the last couple of games, but he just keeps staying the course, keeps putting the work in, was watching the film, understanding where he can make an impact. He was huge for us tonight. Really efficient on the offensive end, activity defensively, the rebounding was huge. But we’re going out there doing what we’re supposed to do in terms of the technique, the gameplan, our habits, and when we do that, we can be really successful.
On how to keep the urgency and pace:Game 6 is an elimination game, so got to go out there. There’s no other way to describe it. We’ve got to go out there, accept the challenge, do everything possible individually and as a team to play our best basketball yet again.
On whether he feels the team made a statement tonight:I think it’s just a statement to ourselves. I’m not worried about statements to anyone else. It’s to ourselves about when we can control what we can control and we’ve that done all season long. All the work that we’ve put in individually and collectively. Good things can happen. The results will be the results. Obviously, this was a very impressive win for our group. Great bounce back for sure, but if we go out there and control the defensive focus and urgency, offensive focus and urgency, the little things that matter to winning, one possession at a time, good things can happen. So, just really impressed with our guys mentality coming in, and we’re going to defensively need that even more so going into Game 6.
On if Ja Morant could return in the postseason:As of now, pretty doubtful.
On Desmond Bane:He had great pop. It’s all of the around the clock work that he’s doing with our performance team. Him and Jared Boyd, they’re just working really hard on his body. I think he’s getting better game-to-game. I think the pace really helped us too. We were getting out there. We were flying around. It wasn’t just one or two guys on a given possession. It was mostly five guys early in possessions, middle in possessions, late in possessions, and that just freed him up where he was able to get to his spots and he was able to shoot shots in rhythm. I think that got him going, but I think the improved help is definitely getting him back there. But, I think the collective effort of the group really helped as well.
On Jaren Jackson Jr.:I think it’s bigtime. I think he’s just continued to get better game after game, understanding where you can make an impact. Obviously offensively, I think the force he’s playing with, getting inside, knocking down threes tonight. I mean, he had great looks last game and they didn’t fall, but he’s never wavered. He’s just, when he’s got a shot and there’s that energy that we’re playing with on the offensive end, the ball movement, he’s a beneficiary of it. But he’s just got that attack mentality that he’s had for the majority of the season, what I saw at the beginning of the season coming in. So, you learn a lot in the playoffs. One series is different than the next, and if you can keep just going and doing what you’ve been doing all season long, don’t change you’re routine. Just keep working to get better, find where you can be aggressive on both ends. He’s making an impact on both ends right now.
On playing without Ja Morant:I mean, this is definitely impressive, but to use our player’s phrase, we deep. I mean, we’re deep. It’s as simple as that. I think we say that not arrogantly. We say that confidently because anybody that steps out on the floor can make an impact for us. To see what Tyus Jones is doing right now, what Jaren Jackson is doing, Steven Adams having been out for a good portion of the playoffs and coming back in and making a statement, guys off the bench. A lot of different guys stepping up. It’s really impressive, with no matter who’s out. Ja’s out, anyone else goes out, our guys rally and compete, and tonight was a big win for us.
On gameplan for Jaren Jackson Jr. early in the game:I’ve just loved how he’s been attacking on the offensive end, trying to understand him. It’s a chess match at the end of the day, how they’re going to match up, how they’re going to gameplan defensively against us. I want to get him going early in the game because I knew he was going to be a big factor early in the game, late in the game. He’s going to be a big factor for the rest of the series.
On whether taking it one game at a time helps alleviate the pressure of the series:Yeah, I mean if we stay consistent with how we approached all season long, no matter if it’s the regular season or the playoffs. I mean, obviously there’s different pressures and intensities this time of year and we’re experiencing that now with elimination games ahead of us. Tyus (Jones) was a great example of just trusting, can we just win one possession. We’ve done it in spurts in the first four games, but not enough. Tonight we did it way more, more of what we need. So, moving forward, how do you win with one possession, to win one game, to win one series? But, you don’t get to the series until you win one possession. Tonight, was an example of that.
On if the execution changed for tonight’s elimination game:Yeah, an elimination game raises our urgency. We played better that way. I feel like guys were more locked in. Guys were tuned especially in times when they had their runs. We weathered it and went on our own run. We just need that same effort on the defensive end. Same rebounding, box out so we can fuel our transition.
On adjusting after Game 4:I'm never on social media, so I don't hear anybody. I'm my worst critic. I know I'm playing like trash. I know I'm not shooting the three well, but I’m trying to do all the little things. Trying to feel out my jump shot. Hit where my shots are. Play more physical on the offensive end to get my shots. Slowly and surely, it’ll come. It's been a rough season in and out the lineups, had injuries and what not, but you know, DB is going to be still here on the defensive end. Trying to minimize points from their best player.
On Jaren Jackson Jr.:He's the key. They’ve got no one to guard him. No one to stop him. He needs to keep demanding the ball and the Warriors are going to have to adjust and double-team him soon. He's going to have to learn how to pass the ball out to get his teammates shots. That's what he needs to do. I try to tell him to stay aggressive, and you're a walking mismatch out there for every single player that guards you, so just keep attacking.
On the feeling in the locker room:I would say we're energized. We’re locked in, and we're all eyes on Game 6. Trying to keep surviving so we can force a Game 7. But first comes Game 6. We’ve got to give our whole effort and just follow the game plan and work out their adjustments.
On winning without Ja Morant:Next man up mentality. We know how to respond. We know how to play with each other better than any team in NBA. We continuously find ways to keep up in our play. So, it’s just a fun style to play and it starts with the defensive end. Everyone bought in on the defensive end. Guarding, trying to get deflections, rebounding and it builds into our offense.
On how he was feeling after getting his leg wrapped:Feeling great. I'm ready for Game 6. Nothing's going to hold me out of this series.
On how tough Game 6 will be:Very tough. We're humble in this win. We’ve got to have that same effort in Game 6. That’s the only way we're going to have a chance to win. It's going to be a hostile environment as you guys know, and you're going to come in there with each other and our families that we bring and muster up some energy and pull out Game 6.
On bullying the paint:Steve-O (Steven Adams) will find a way to feed them in the paint. Same with Jaren, and once we get able to establish the paint, it's easy for us to make threes. We relentlessly crash the boards. Relentlessly played off the catch and drag their close-outs. Then, ultimately, it opens up the three, so we have a complete game tonight. It lets me know we’ve got to bring that on the road and keep that same effort and energy on the defensive.
- The Memphis Grizzlies avoided elimination and push their Western Conference Semifinals series to 3-2. Game 6 will tip-off Friday, May 13 in San Francisco.
- The Grizzlies outrebounded the Warriors 55-37, including an 18-4 edge on the offensive glass that led to a 24-5 advantage in second chance points. Memphis attempted 19 more shots than Golden State.
- Memphis recorded 37 assists on 47 made baskets and committed only 10 turnovers.
- The Grizzlies turned the Warriors 22 turnovers into 29 points. Memphis leads the league in steals and points off turnovers this postseason, as they did during the regular season.
- With a 39-point win, Memphis recorded its largest margin of victory in franchise playoff history. The Grizzlies’ biggest lead (55-point margin) came on a Ziaire Williams 4-point play with 40 seconds to go in the third quarter.
- Seven different Grizzlies scored in double figures, while Kyle Anderson and John Konchar each scored nine.
- Jaren Jackson Jr. finished with 21 points (6-10 FG, 4-6 3P) to go with eight rebounds, three assists and two blocks.
- Tyus Jones notched 21 points with nine assists and zero turnovers while 8-for-12 shooting from the field.
- Desmond Bane scored 21 points on 4-for-6 shooting from 3-point range. Bane tied for the best plus-minus (+46) in a playoff game in the last 25 postseasons (play-by-play data was first tracked in 1997).
- Dillon Brooks added 12 points with four rebounds and four assists.
- Steven Adams grabbed a team-high 13 rebounds, his second straight game with double-digit rebounds.
- Klay Thompson led the Warriors with 19 points while Stephen Curry scored 14 points.