At the end of a never-ending first quarter, with twelve fouls, eight turnovers, Warriors toughness, and the Grizzlies on 7/22 shots, Golden State led (24-22) with a game-winning shot by Jordan Poole. ). The Warriors continue their momentum with five turnovers in the first four minutes of the second quarter, and the always awkward Memphis barely takes advantage (30-30).
A Warriors 3-pointer and a flying Jonathan Kuminga for a big dunk in traffic gives them a six-point lead (48-42). This is the moment Ja Morant chose to wake up. He had six points and two assists to lead a 12-5 run, capped by Santi Adalman’s game-winning layup to give the Grizzlies a 54-53 lead at halftime.
Jaren Jackson Jr., so far reserved, returns to the saddle on both sides of the court and the Grizzlies pass the second. Their defense is slowing down the Warriors and allowing them to go 4-of-5 from long range to take a ten-point lead (78-68). On the eve of the break, the Warriors respond with a 17-7 thanks to the “Splash Brothers” and Anthony Lamb, but Desmond Bane responds by scoring seven of his team’s last eleven points to make Memphis +6 (96-90).
The ubiquitous Draymond Green made four stops in a row almost by himself, but the Warriors didn’t take advantage. They strung together four loose possessions and Memphis regained a ten-point lead (109-99). Despite this, the Golden State does not give up. The defense continues with a vengeance, Jaren Jackson Jr. picks up his sixth foul and ten points from Stephen Curry give them a 17-4 lead (116-113).
The Thunder arrive with 74 seconds left in the game: the refs ejected Stephen Curry for throwing his mouthguard in the front row, upset by Jordan Poole’s quick snap! Ja Morant and Klay Thompson trade baskets, and finally, according to the basic system that the Warriors have used for years, Jordan Poole gets behind the Memphis defense and wins the game one second from the buzzer!
WHAT TO REMEMBER
– Fighters set the wrong input tone. After five minutes of play, the Warriors already had five fouls, three turnovers and three offensive rebounds. Fortunately, their defense, led by the exemplary Draymond Green, and the Grizzlies’ chronic clumsiness (4-of-16 from 3-point range at halftime) saved them from paying for their mistakes. They still finished the first half with 14 turnovers. These gave Memphis 22 points, or 41% of their total at halftime!
– 42 points in the third quarter for Memphis. After 41% shooting and 25% 3-pointers in the first half, the Grizzlies completely reversed that trend in the third quarter, shooting 70% and 63% from distance. Ja Morant first methodically attacked Jordan Poole. With more help, Desmond Bane served Jaren Jackson Jr. inside before catching fire. All three players scored 32 of their team’s 42 points in this period.
– Stephen Curry fired, Jordan Poole pardoned. With the Warriors up 3 with less than 90 seconds to play, Jordan Poole’s shot bounced 10 yards out after an offensive rebound, Stephen Curry was so frustrated that he threw his last mouthguard in the direction of the front row. The judge then applied the rules to the letter. Direct evacuation! We can discuss this arbitration award. Should the referees apply the rules to the letter at “money time” and send the superstar to the locker room, depriving the fans of an exciting end to the match? If the Warriors had lost, that discussion would certainly have heated up, but coincidentally, it was Jordan Poole who fell asleep seconds after the buzzer that gave Golden State the win. Dubs can explode.
✅ Stephen Curry. Before being ejected, he scored 10 of his 34 points in the final quarter to put his team back in front!
✅ Klay Thompson – Jordan Poole. “Leaping Brother” missed the mark, but he almost hit the decisive 3-pointer late in the game. He finished the race with 24 points. Jordan Poole still had 5 turnovers, but his 21 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds were crucial.
✅ Draymond Green. He was again exemplary in defense from start to finish. It was his energy that kept the Warriors in the game in the final quarter. He finished the competition with 8 points, 13 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 blocks.
✅ Ja Morant. 29 points and 12 assists for the Memphis star, but he only scored 4 points in the final quarter and did nothing to stop the Warriors’ comeback. The Grizzlies haven’t won at the Chase Center since the 2021 game.
✅ ⛔ Jaren Jackson Jr. Jaren Jackson Jr., who was restrained in the first half. after the break, he finished the game with 17 points and 6 rebounds. However, he committed 5 fouls in the second half and had to watch the end of the match on the bench.
⛔ Zaire Williams. The Grizzlies winger was clumsy (1-of-7 shooting) and lost to Jordan Poole in a crucial move.
Golden State (23-24) : Toronto’s reception on Friday.
Memphis (29-17): trip to Minnesota on Friday.