They add their tenth victory in a row against the Warriors thanks to the deployment of their great star
It wasn’t enough for Stephen Curry to get his second triple-double of the season for the Memphis Grizzlies, led with class and poise by Ja Morant (29 points), to add their tenth consecutive win against the Golden State Warriors (116-108).
Curry, although he started the game off and had only 3 points in the first quarter, finished the night with 27 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, leading his team in each of those categories. But Morant beat the triple king. The Grizzlies point guard was the game’s top scorer with 29 points, in addition to 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Ziaire Williams and Tyus Jones were immediately behind Morant, with 17 points each.
On the Warriors, the best shooter after Curry was Klay thompson, who scored 14 points in almost 20 minutes in his second game after recovering from two serious injuries that had kept him out of the competition since June 2019. Although Thompson had his minutes reduced, the shooting guard showed that he is fully recovered and did not hesitate to use himself with energy, without fear of breaking again.
The absence of Draymond Green in the ranks of the Warriors, with discomfort in his left calf, was too much for the team that had a poor first half, plagued with errors and turnovers (12). The performance in the first 24 minutes was too heavy a slab to overcome in the second half.
The morant difference
The Warriors started the game with a better attack from Andrew Wiggins and Thompson. Between the two players, 8 points were divided equally in the first 2 minutes, which left the scoreboard 2-8 in favor of the visitors.
But the happiness of the Warriors was short-lived. Morant took responsibility for his team and in less than 4 minutes the Grizzlies scored a 12-0 run, with spectacular plays like an “alley oop” from Morant to a pass from Williams.
Morant did not loosen and the Memphis continued to increase their advantage. With 3 minutes to go in the first quarter it was already 10 points, 24-14, and the Grizzlies point guard had 15 points. It was enough for Curry to take an interest in the game again for 2 minutes for the Warriors to get closer to 4 points, 28-24, at the end of the first 12 minutes.
In the second quarter, the Grizzlies held the score. Curry, who had only scored 3 points in the first quarter, and all from free throws, accumulated 9 points. But his squires Thompson and Wiggins could only score 3 points each.
Iguodala booed in Memphis
And Andre Iguodala, who was booed by the crowd every time he touched the ball for his refusal to play for Memphis last season, was not able to contribute a single point to his team. Across the court, Morant eased off thanks to a fine performance from his replacement, Tyus Jones. Jones along with Williams and Desmond Bane pushed the Memphis lead to 18 points, 49-31.
Back from the locker room, the Warriors went on a 0-12 run with contributions from Curry, Thompson and Kevon Looney, putting San Francisco ahead 59-63. The Warriors will go up 7 points, 61-68. But the California team could not hold that margin and when the third period ended, the scoreboard indicated an 87-90.
In the last 12 minutes Curry disappeared again. The best 3-point shooter in NBA history missed all 3 of the three shots he attempted and only scored one 2-point basket. Morant didn’t even need to play as many minutes as Curry, and yet the Grizzlies posted their tenth straight win, 116-108 against the Warriors.
Reference from elmundo