Despite 41 points in the third quarter, 17 of which came from Jordan Poole, the Warriors dropped their 11th consecutive road game on Saturday night, falling 133-119 to the Memphis Grizzlies.
After being outscored 29-19 in the final frame, the Warriors are now 0-23 when trailing after three quarters on the road. Jonathan Kuminga (25) and Jordan Poole (21) combined to score 45 of the Dubs' 65 bench points, the third most bench points they've had all season.
Golden State Warriors Highlights vs. Memphis Grizzlies
|Kuminga - 24||Curry - 8||DiVincenzo - 7|
|Poole - 21||Kuminga - 8||Curry - 5|
|Curry - 16||D. Green - 7||D. Green - 5|
|Jackson Jr. - 31||Tillman - 10||Jones - 14|
|Bane - 26||Jackson Jr. - 7||Kennard - 5|
|Brooks - 18||Bane/Kennard - 4||Tillman - 5|
Kuminga Two Shy of Career High
Jonathan Kuminga scored 11 of his team-high 24 points in the first quarter, knocking down three 3-pointers. Kuminga didn't waste any time getting in the box score. On his first offensive possession, the Grizzlies trapped Draymond Green and he kicked the ball out to the second-year forward, who calmly knocked down the triple. Less than a minute later, Desmond Bane and Dillon Brooks were face-guarding Jordan Poole and Stephen Curry. At the same time, Jaren Jackson Jr., Kuminga's defender, shaded over to keep the explosive guards in check. Kuminga again capitalized on the open space and drilled another three. His third triple of the quarter came from a beautiful wrap-around pass from Curry. On the night, Kuminga shot 8-for-16 from the field, hit 4-of-7 from distance, and grabbed eight rebounds. His 24 points were two shy of a career-high 26 points vs. the Raptors on Dec. 18, 2021.
Jonathan Kuminga Instant Offense
Poole Scores 17 in the 3rd Quarter
Scoring just four points in the first half, Jordan Poole was looking to get himself and his squad going in the third quarter. The 87 percent free throw shooter got into rhythm by seeing the ball go in from the charity stripe. He knocked down 5-of-5 free throws before hitting his first field goal of the quarter with 3:47 remaining. Poole made all nine free throws in the third and shot 3-for-6 from the field, scoring 17 points.
Poole Finishes Over Two Grizzlies
12 First Half Threes for Grizzlies
After Jaren Jackson Jr. missed the Grizzlies' first 3-point attempt, Memphis hit their next six triples, finishing the first quarter 6-for-8 from downtown. The Grizzlies averaged 11.5 made threes per game coming into Saturday, but made 12 in the first half alone. For the game, Memphis knocked down 18 3-pointers, one shy of their season-best 19 triples against the Houston Rockets on Oct. 21. They made a lot of contested jumpers but also got out in transition, outscoring the Dubs 21-8 on the break.
Postgame Warriors Talks
65 Bench Points
With 65 bench points Saturday, the Warriors' second unit outscored the Grizzlies' reserves 65-31. The Warriors' bench also outscored the Dubs' starting five, 65-54. Their top two scorers, Jonathan Kuminga and Jordan Poole, came off the bench. Anthony Lamb, recently converted to a standard NBA contract, scored nine points and was a plus-nine in 18 minutes of action. Moses Moody also scored nine points on 4-for-4 shooting in 12 minutes.
Moses Moody Splash
The Dubs, 0-3 on the road trip, have two more games remaining against the Houston Rockets on Monday and the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday.