Grizzlies Beat Warriors 114-109

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

O.J. Mayo scored 24 points and had a career-high 10 assists, Rudy Gay added 21 points and the Memphis Grizzlies rallied from nine points down in the fourth quarter to beat the short-handed Golden State Warriors 114-109 on Monday night.

Mayo struggled with his shot most of the night, but made a pair of free throws on technical fouls in the fourth quarter and added a driving layup with 2 minutes left to cap a 25-5 run for Memphis.

Mike Conley added 21 points and six rebounds for the Grizzlies (19-54), who won for just the fourth time in 22 games.

Monta Ellis had 29 points for Golden State, which suited up just eight players for the second straight game and lost its fifth in a row.

The Warriors led 90-81 with nine minutes remaining, but Memphis went on a 12-0 run to take the lead midway through the quarter. Ellis and Warriors coach Don Nelson were both called for technical fouls during the Grizzlies' burst - Nelson's coming when Ronny Turiaf fouled out after being called for back-to-back fouls in a 2-second span.

Mayo, who made a free throw when Ellis was hit with a technical foul with 7:32 left, made the ensuing free throw to give the Grizzlies a 91-90 lead. Hamed Haddadi followed with two free throws before Anthony Morrow hit a 3-pointer for Golden State, but that was it for the Warriors.

Memphis swept Golden State for the first time since 2005-06, and
before this season the Grizzlies had dropped seven straight to the
Warriors.

The injury-ravaged Warriors were playing short-handed and suited
up just eight players for the second straight game, including three
rookies. Two others, C.J. Watson and Kalenna Azubuike, have been in
the league two years or less.

That left Nelson with few options, a fact the Grizzlies tried to exploit.

Even with the depleted ranks, the Warriors stayed close in the first half behind Ellis and Crawford. The two combined for 30 points on 11-of-20 shooting and scored 12 of Golden State's final 15 points in the second quarter.

But without regular starters Stephen Jackson, who is scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery on his left big toe, Andris Biedrins (sprained left ankle) and Corey Maggette (head contusion), the Warriors faced an uphill battle and went into halftime trailing 57-53.

It didn't get easier when Ellis appeared to get hurt while driving to the basket late in the third quarter. Ellis, who missed the first 43 games of the season while recovering from offseason ankle surgery, slammed to the floor after getting a shot off and lay writhing on the floor for several moments. He was eventually helped to his feet and walked slowly to Golden State's bench but returned early in the fourth quarter.

It didn't matter.

Memphis controlled the game inside, outscoring the Warriors in the paint 52-42 while holding a 46-39 rebounding edge.

That was particularly true late in the fourth quarter when the Grizzlies held Golden State to one shot almost every trip down the floor. Unable to get anything going inside, the Warriors were content to take perimeter jump shots and came up short.

Notes:
Golden State was also without key reserves Marco Belinelli (right ankle) and Brandan Wright (left shoulder). The team may opt to sit Wright the rest of the season.

Before the game, a moment of silence was observed for the four Oakland police officers killed in the line of duty on March 21. A public funeral for the four was held at Oracle Arena last week.

Memphis plays five of its final nine games at home, where the Grizzlies have 12 wins as opposed to seven on the road.

The Warriors have been without two of their projected starters in 46 games this season.


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