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Game Preview: Warriors vs. Grizzlies - 12/20/17

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
The Warriors are set to welcome the Memphis Grizzlies to Oracle Arena Wednesday night in their first of seven-straight home games to wrap up 2017. Wednesay's matchup will be the second of three meetings between the two teams this season, after the Grizzlies prevailed 111-101 in their first encounter in Memphis back on October 21. The game falls on Zaza Pachulia Bobblehead Night, and the first 10,000 fans in attendance will receive their own limited edition bobblehead, presented by realtor.com. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. (Pacific), and fans can watch the action on NBC Sports Bay Area and NBA TV, or listen to the call on 95.7 The Game, the Warriors Mobile App and the Warriors Radio Network. FIND TICKETS

LAST TIME OUT
Kevin Durant scored 12 of his 36 points in overtime, as the Warriors stretched their winning streak to nine games with a 116-114 victory over the Lakers on Monday. Full Recap

MATCHUP AT A GLANCE

GSW MEM
24-6 9-21
2nd in West 14th in West
PTS: 116.8 (1st) PTS: 97 (29th)
REB: 45.2 (6th) REB: 39.1 (29th)
AST: 30.6 (1st) AST: 20.8 (24th)

LAST GAME'S STARTERS
GSW: Patrick McCaw, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Jordan Bell and JaVale McGee
MEM: Tyreke Evans, Andrew Harrison, Dillon Brooks, JaMychal Green and Marc Gasol

INJURY & ROSTER NOTES
GSW: Draymond Green (right shoulder soreness) has missed four of the last five games, including last three; Zaza Pachulia (left shoulder soreness) has missed the last four games; Stephen Curry (sprained right ankle) has missed last five games; Shaun Livingston (sore right knee) missed the last game. Team Notes
MEM: Mike Conley (left Achilles), Wayne Selden Jr. (right quad) and Brandan Wright (right groin) are out. Team Notes

GREAT WHEN IT COUNTS
Kevin Durant didn’t have the most efficient shooting game of his career against the Lakers on Monday night, but he knocked down the shots when it mattered most to lead the Dubs to an overtime victory. After struggling and going 6-of-25 from the field through the first four quarters, Durant sank a three-pointer eight seconds into the extra period, and would go on to convert all four of his field goal attempts in overtime. The last of those four attempts was a jumper from the top of the circle with seven seconds remaining in OT, which proved to be the deciding points in the contest. When all was said and done, Durant had scored 36 points for the third time in the last four games.

TEAM LEADERS

GSW MEM
PTS: Durant (26.5) PTS: Gasol (19.1)
REB: Green (7.2) REB: Gasol (8.6)
AST: Green (7.3) AST: Conley (4.1)

MEMPHIS SCOUTING REPORT
In case there was any doubt before, it’s readily apparent that the Grizzlies are a much better team with Mike Conley in the lineup. That hasn’t been the case for a while, and after racing out to a 5-1 start, Memphis now sits at 9-21 on the season, second-to-last in the Western Conference. Conley hasn’t played in more than a month due to an Achilles injury, and the Grizzlies are now 2-16 without their traditional starting point guard this season. They’ve struggled to defend the three-point line, as 10 of their last 12 and 14 of their last 18 opponents have shot at least 40 percent from beyond the arc. The Warriors happen to be the top three-point shooting team in the league at 40.0 percent, and they’ve been slightly better than that (.406) over the course of their current nine-game winning streak. If they can keep up the success from long distance, they’ll have a decent chance of extending that streak to double digits.

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