Memphis @ Golden State
Trade rumours for Rudy Gay dominated all the pre game talk for the match up between the Grizzlies and Warriors on Wednesday night. The rumours surfaced Tuesday night that Memphis were searching for a potential trade for the talented small forward, however, Gay managed to block out the distractions and lead his team to a 94-87 win over the Dubs.
Gay had 18 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds in what was an all round performance from the Grizzlies, with all 5 starters scoring in double figures. Stephen Curry led the way for the Warriors, dropping 24 points and dishing 4 assists.
The two teams went basket for basket in a 1st quarter that saw Memphis coach Lionel Hollins T’d up for arguing with a ref following a no call on a lay-up attempt by PG Mike Conley. Hollins argued that Conley was hit in the head whilst driving to the basket but replays showed that the defensive play was legal.
Taking a one point lead into the 1st break, the Grizzlies outscored the Dubs 28-20 in the 2nd quarter and started to pull away before the Warriors recovered to tie the scores with three and a half minutes to go in the game. Memphis’ starting rotation pulled away once again in the final minutes to secure the victory.
Both teams shot about 45% from the field, but the difference between the 2 proved to be offensive rebounding and forced turnovers, which allowed Memphis 17 more field goal attempts then their opponents. Along with Gay, Zach Randolph was big for the Grizzlies as he recorded his 23rd double-double of the season, logging 19 points and 12 assists.
There were admirable performances from Klay Thompson, who recorded 20 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists in the loss and David Lee, 14 points and 10 rebounds. The Warriors have now lost consecutive games for only the 2nd time this season as they slip to 22-12 on the season. While the Grizzlies solidify their 4th position in the West, improving to 23-10.
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Upcoming games for the Dubs:
- Friday, Jan 11th vs. Portland
- Sunday, Jan 13th @ Denver
- Wednesday, Jan 16th vs. Miami