Warriors tie their semifinal during 2-2, subjection Grizzlies 101-84

May 12, 2015 - photo frame

Steve Kerr challenged his Golden State Warriors to ratchet adult a power to playoff-level. With MVP Stephen Curry heading a way, they responded and looked like a group that cruised by a unchanging season.

Curry scored 21 of his 33 points by halftime, and a Warriors snapped their two-game movement Monday night by routing a Memphis Grizzlies 101-84 to tie a Western Conference semifinals during 2-2.

“Tonight we took a step towards bargain that clarity of coercion and kind of competitiveness and physicality to a game,” Kerr said. “It was substantially a many rival effort, unequivocally of a series, though substantially of a playoffs usually in terms of bargain we got to play each second.”

The Warriors hadn’t mislaid 3 true games all season, and they never came tighten as they took behind home-court advantage. Curry hadn’t scored some-more than 23 points in a diversion in this series, and he scarcely had that by halftime.

Draymond Green had 16 points and 10 rebounds for a Warriors while Klay Thompson had 15 points, Harrison Barnes 12 and Andre Iguodala 11.

“We set a tinge a initial entertain and kept a feet on a gas pedal a whole way, and that’s how we play,” Curry said.

Marc Gasol had 19 points and 10 rebounds for Memphis while Zach Randolph had 12 points and 11 rebounds. Mike Conley finished with 10 points and 7 assists though was 4 of 15 from a field. Memphis pulled a starters with 3:00 left.

Game 5 is Wednesday night during Golden State.

“This array could have been tighten to over if we hadn’t come out like we were ostensible to tonight,” Warriors core Andrew Bogut said. “You know it’s never over until a end, though being down 3-1 going home is a flattering tough task, so 2-2 right now in a three-game array and we like a chances.”

Memphis manager Dave Joerger had given his Grizzlies a story doctrine reminding them of prior blown 2-1 leads in a postseason. It didn’t assistance as a Grizzlies mislaid their fourth true Game 4, a third of those on their possess court. They usually didn’t play with a same defensive power as a final dual games.

“We mislaid a restraint early in a initial half, generally in a initial quarter,” Joerger said. “We indispensable to keep that closer in a initial quarter. We had a possibility there. Our offense unequivocally struggled tonight, and it put a invulnerability in a bad way.”

Instead, it was a Warriors violence a Grizzlies to scarcely each lax ball, scrapping to keep their dream deteriorate from descending to a margin of elimination. They got behind their descent stroke as good heading by as many as 26 points, and they had their best diversion sharpened outward a arc knocking down 14 3s to overcome 21 turnovers.

“We got into hasten mode too early defensively,” Gasol said.

Green looked like a brazen who got a many first-place votes for defensive actor of a year. He teamed with Bogut and Barnes creation a night miserable for Randolph and Gasol with Bogut sailing over to a paint while nominally fortifying Tony Allen. Green scored 8 of Golden State’s initial 10 points.

Memphis led usually quickly with a final during 9-8 and never got within double digits in a second half.

The Warriors took control with a 16-6 run that done it 34-24 early in a second quarter, their biggest lead given a opener of this series.

Curry didn’t take his initial shot until 3:30 left in a initial quarter, and he missed his initial 3 along with a layup. He staid down and had 7 points by a finish of a period, including a 27-footer giving Golden State a 28-20 lead during a finish of a frame. The Warriors outscored Memphis 33-24 in a second, holding a 61-44 halftime lead.

TIP-INS

Warriors: Golden State is 20-19 all-time in Game 4s dating to 1947. The Warriors trailed 2-1 in a 2013 discussion semifinals and won Game 4 opposite a Spurs. San Antonio won a array in 6 games. … Curry had his ninth career playoff diversion with during slightest 30 points. … Green, who came in 9 of 30 from a margin in this series, was 6 of 12.

Grizzlies: They are 3-9 in authorization story in Game 4s, that includes being swept in a initial 3 playoff array in group history. … Memphis dominated a paint winning a final dual games. They outscored a Warriors 44-34 in this diversion on 22-of-56 shooting. … Jeff Green became a initial haven to measure in double total in this array with 10 points, and Vince Carter after assimilated him with 10.

HEY COACH

Randolph and Green played during Michigan State, so Spartans manager Tom Izzo was on palm for this game. Izzo had association with new University of Tennessee men’s basketball manager Rick Barnes sitting courtside beside Volunteers football manager Butch Jones.

QUOTABLE:

“He’s a MVP. We should have had a antennas up. He was means to be MVP tonight.” Allen pronounced of Curry.

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