A night that started in celebration ended in disappointment, as the Dubs lost 97-90 to the Grizzlies in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals.
A night that started in celebration ended in disappointment, as the Dubs lost 97-90 to the Grizzlies in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals on Tuesday night at Oracle Arena. Stephen Curry’s pregame MVP ceremony had the home fans in a near frenzy, but the Grizzlies ruined the mood for the home crowd by leading for all but 66 seconds of the game. The defeat leaves the series tied at 1-1 with the action picking back up on Saturday in Memphis.
The Warriors played from behind for almost the entire game, and they spent most of their time trying to fight back from a double-digit deficit. That deficit was caused by poor shooting and a high volume of turnovers. The Dubs shot just 37 percent in the first half, 42 percent for the game, and their 20 turnovers led to 22 points for the Grizzlies.
The loss snapped a 21-game home winning streak for the Warriors, who had multiple chances to get back into the game, only to be squandered by mistakes, bad bounces and timely Memphis baskets. One such opportunity came in the second quarter with the Warriors trailing by three. Andrew Bogut hustled to grab an offensive rebound and found a cutting Klay Thompson with an open lane to the basket, but Thompson missed a dunk and the Grizzlies’ Courtney Lee drilled a three on the other end to make it a six-point game.