The Grizzlies, coming off a two game losing streak against the Clippers and Lakers, came back in overtime to beat the Warriors 128-119.
Let’s see what happened.
Conley vs. Curry
In the first quarter, Stephen Curry scored slashing to the rim. It wasn’t until the end of the first quarter and the start of the second that he was hitting threes.
Conley would keep up with Curry as far as getting to the rim and pulling up mid range jumpers. However, Conley was only 3 of 9 from deep despite his 27-point performance. Curry had 40 points in the loss and shot more threes than Conley.
Gasol and Randolph
Mark Gasol was double teamed at various times throughout the game. He hit some post shots and some mid range jumpers, but he couldn’t get anything consistently from deep. “"Super Z-Bo” Zach Randolph circa 2011 vs. Draymond Green or David West matchup did not help the Warriors at all. Randolph was a force inside and out.
Tony Allen’s defense on the wing
Tony Allen on Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson was a genius plan. Although Curry was hot from deep, the end of the game, where Memphis made their run, was a different story. Allen came away with 6 steals to go along with his 11 points.
Troy Daniels’ late game run
Daniels in the 4th quarter, along with Conley, led the late game run with the game coming down to a two point deficit on three different occasions. Daniels’ hot streak included 4 three pointers, and the strategy to play him in the 2nd half while letting Chandler Parsons get his 15 minutes in the first half (Parsons looked his best as a Grizzly in those minutes as well) worked like a charm.
Here are tonights key players-
Conley had a double double with 27 points and 12 assists. He also grabbed 4 rebounds.
Gasol scored 23 points and 5 rebounds.
Randolph also had a double double with 27 points and 11 rebounds along with 6 assists.
Allen showed once again why he is the NBA’s best ball hawking defender by tallying 6 steals. He also had a double double with 11 points and 12 rebounds with 3 assists.
Daniels 12 point run was a key factor in the Grizzlies win. He was 4 of 7 shooting from deep.
The Grizzlies snapled a two game losing streak at the end of the California road trip, splitting the four-game road turn 2-2. The Grizzlies will be back at FedExForum Sunday night as they take on the Jazz.