BREAKING NEWS: Rudy Gay made it through Wednesday night without being traded.
I'd say a message was sent up in the Bay Area.
It was a textbook game by the road team. Memphis withstood the home team's energy early and then quickly established their identity. The Grizzlies in the first half were forcing turnovers and getting the ball inside to Zach & Marc. The Warriors' last lead came at 30-29. The Grizzlies were up by double digits for most of the 2nd and 3rd quarters. They pounded the home team in the paint all night long.
For the Grizzlies, it was looking like they may have actually withstood the Warriors push too early in the game. The NBA is all about runs and Golden State wasn't going to be dormant for 3+ quarters. In the 4th quarter, they came calling.
Early in the final stanza, Memphis was in the penalty which allowed GSW to parade to the FT line. The Grizz, meanwhile, kept getting into their offense later and later in the shot clock. They weren't forcing the same turnovers, either. It wasn't looking good.
But a key decision by Lionel Hollins paid dividends. He decided to play a small backcourt the entire 4th quarter, with Jerryd Bayless alongside Mike Conley. It allowed Memphis to keep up with Golden State's backcourt while also limiting their fastbreak points.
The Warriors first tied the game at 74 with 7:34 left. Hollins went to Gasol in the post. He missed, but Z-Bo tipped it in. Then, it was tied again at 82 with 3 and a half left. Lionel again went to Gasol in the post, this time he scored. That bucket sparked a 6-0 run that was capped by a Bayless blocked shot on Jack, which led to a Conley fastbreak lay-up. 88-82.
To finish things off, with the Grizz up 90-87, Hollins went to Z-Bo in the post. Zach drew a foul on David Lee and made both 2 FTs.
Rudy Gay also had a couple of big buckets late. One was an offensive rebound putback in traffic, the other was an iso step-back on Klay Thompson.
In the contest, Memphis outscored Golden State by 26 in paint points (getting 20 in 4th) and also by 7 in fastbreak points (18-11). They finished 3-0 on their roadtrip behind balanced scoring (Zach 19, Rudy 18, Conley 16, Marc 12). The Warriors got 24 from Curry and 20 from Thompson, but it wasn't enough.
Final score 94-87.