The Golden State Warriors had every excuse to lose this game. They were without David Lee and Andrew Bogut, facing the Memphis Grizzlies, one of the hottest teams in the league who had won five straight against the Warriors at Oracle Arena.
But the Warriors somehow pulled out a victory on Friday night against the Grizzlies, winning 100-93 to stay ahead of the Grizzlies in the standings and maintain the sixth seed.
Stephen Curry went into superstar mode, scoring 33 points and dishing out eight assists, carrying the team down the stretch. The Warriors, who were down 93-86 with four minutes remaining, closed the game on an incredible 14-0 run with the Roaracle crowd going crazy.
Of course, it was Curry who hit the the two biggest shots of the night. After the Warriors had tied the game at 93-93, Curry knocked down a three off a screen by Draymond Green to put the Warriors in front. Then, with 30 seconds to go, Curry made a swooping layup to put the nail in the coffin.
The Warriors received little offense outside of Curry and Marreese Speights, who started in place of Lee. Speights scored 15 points on an efficient 7-of-9 shooting. Green added 12 points off the bench, including two big three-pointers.
How the Warriors managed to stay in the game and pull off the fourth quarter comeback speaks to how good they can be at times. That final stretch was incredible, as the Warriors literally pitched a shutout and made big shots when they needed it most.
Tale of the Tape
- Field-goal percentage: 49.4% (40-81)
- Three-point percentage: 45.0% (9-20)
- Rebounds: 43
- Assists: 22
- Turnovers: 12
- Bench points: 33
- Field-goal percentage: 50.6% (41-81)
- Three-point percentage: 16.7% (2-12)
- Rebounds: 33
- Assists: 24
- Turnovers: 9
- Bench points: 17
Good to Know
Warriors have now won 45 games in consecutive seasons for the first time since winning 45 in three straight campaigns from ’74-77
— GSWStats (@gswstats) March 29, 2014
What’s on Tap
The Warriors take on the hapless Knicks on Sunday night at home.
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