November 20, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley (11, left) and Golden State Warriors small forward Andre Iguodala (9, right) fight for the ball during the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena. The Grizzlies defeated the Warriors 88-81 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Golden State Warriors Can’t Grind Out Win Against Grizzlies


The Golden State Warriors, losers of ten straight to Memphis, fell again to the Grizzlies 88-81 in overtime at Oracle Arena on Wednesday night. The Warriors (8-4), despite holding the Grizzlies (7-5) to .386 shooting and leading by 10 at the half, turned the ball over 14 times and struggled to maintain any offensive rhythm.

Harrison Barnes, in his first start of the season, got the Warriors going early with 12 first half points. Barnes shot 6-14 for the game, often taking advantage of height mismatches in the post. At one point in the second quarter, the Warriors ran an isolation play for Barnes in the post on three straight possessions, having him score on two midrange jumpers against Mike Miller. Barnes ended the night with a game high 49 minutes, 16 points, eight rebounds, and five assists.

David Lee and Zach Randolph, former teammates on the New York Knicks, provided the most entertaining matchup of the night. There were physical battles for positioning on the low block, but Randolph won the night with 21 points and 12 boards, causing Lee to switch off in favor of Andrew Bogut taking on the duty of guarding the Memphis power forward.

Mike Conley contributed 19 points, six rebounds, four assists and Marc Gasol had 18 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, four blocks, and one steal.

Bogut is looking healthier and healthier as the season progresses. Not only did he protect the paint and push Gasol repeatedly out to the 17-foot range, but there were also multiple possessions in which he called out mismatches on the offensive end leading to easy baskets by Barnes, Andre Iguodala, and Klay Thompson. Despite playing a season high in minutes, Bogut switched to Randolph late in the game and showed that he is healthier than he’s been in two seasons. Bogut, in 43:13 minutes, had 12 points, 14 rebounds, two assists, and two blocks.

Injury Update

Ognjen Kuzmic broke his hand on the last play of the first quarter. The Warriors’ already thin frontcourt suffered a huge loss. With Jermaine O’Neal day-to-day and Festus Ezeli several weeks from returning, the loss of Kuzmic leaves Marreese Speights as the lone big man left on the bench.

Tale of the Tape

Warriors

  • Field Goal: 36-82 (.439)
  • 3-pointers: 5-18 (.278)
  • Rebounds: 43
  • Assists: 24
  • Turnovers: 14

Grizzlies

  • Field Goal: 34-88 (.386)
  • 3-pointers: 3-12 (.250)
  • Rebounds: 48
  • Assists: 17
  • Turnovers: 6

Tweet of the Night

Good to Know

The Grizzlies extended their win streak against the Warriors to 11 games. The Warriors are now tied with the Los Angeles Clippers at the top of the Pacific.

What’s on Tap

The Warriors will travel to Los Angeles to play the Lakers. Could Kobe Bryant, who was recently medically cleared, make his season debut against the Warriors?

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