By: Alex Qiu
The Golden State Warriors defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 107-84 on Friday night, trimming their magic number to clinch the West’s top spot down to just one. With 10 games left for the Warriors, their chemistry and play seems to be clicking and it appears as if the team still has more potential left in it. A win over Memphis, thought by many to be notable challengers to the Warriors for the honor of representing the west in the finals, would be a huge statement heading into the playoffs.
Golden State came out strong in the first quarter, putting up 31 points led by Stephen Curry’s 8. Mike Conley was on fire, scoring 12 points, yet Memphis still trailed by 7. Curry and Conley continued to go at it in the first half, scoring 15 and 16 points, respectively. Klay Thompson also had 14 at halftime while Jeff Green provided 9 points.
The Dubs have had a recent streak of absolutely destroying teams in the third quarter, and tonight was no different. The Warriors outscored the Grizzlies 31-16 with Curry scoring 17 points in the period and Conley being held scoreless. Memphis’ late surge to try and get back into the game in the fourth was once again stopped quickly by Curry hitting his eighth three of the game to finish with 38 points and 10 assists. Thompson had his best game after returning from his minor sprained ankle, scoring 28 points alone with 6-9 from three. Memphis’ usually formidable frontcourt duo of Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph were held to just 23 points and 8 rebounds combined thanks to the stellar defense of Draymond Green and Andrew Bogut. After the win, the Warriors have very few questions about their ability to go far in the playoffs; now, they just have to stay focused and finish the regular season strong. Golden State will look to finally secure the West in Milwaukee on Saturday afternoon while Memphis tries to solidify their lead over Houston for the #2 seed when they play in San Antonio on Sunday night.
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