Grizzlies beat out Warriors, sweep season series

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Updated: February 9, 2013

Marc Gasol scored 20 points, grabbed 11
rebounds and handed out five assists, as the Memphis Grizzlies eked out a
hard-fought 99-93 decision over the Golden State Warriors at FedEx Forum.

These teams figure to be in the mix for a top-4 seed in the Western Conference
playoff race, and the Grizzlies gave themselves an advantage by sweeping the
three-game season series.

Zach Randolph added a double-double of his own with 16 points and 12 boards in
helping Memphis snap a two-game skid and win their ninth straight over the
Warriors.

“It was a baby step in getting back to being a good team,” Grizzlies head
coach Lionel Hollins said. “I’m just proud of the effort that we gave for 48
minutes.”

Stephen Curry and David Lee carried Golden State with 32 and 26 points,
respectively. Curry also had eight assists in the club’s third loss in a row.

The outcome predictably came down to the wire. After trading runs early in the
fourth quarter, Curry nailed consecutive 3-pointers to give the Warriors an
86-83 lead with 8:10 to go.

The Grizzlies immediately called timeout and held Golden State scoreless over
the next four-plus minutes. Mike Conley made a go-ahead 3-pointer during the
subsequent 9-0 rally, which ended with Randolph’s acrobatic tip-in.

It was still a six-point game heading to the final minute, and after Curry’s
rainbow 3-pointer hit off the back of the rim, Gasol made a deep two from just
inside the arc at the top of the key to all but seal the win.

“It was a tough loss for us. We didn’t make shots,” Warriors head coach Mark
Jackson said.

The Grizzlies never trailed in the first half, as Tony Allen’s 10 first-
quarter points guided the hosts to a 32-24 lead. Memphis made six 3-pointers
in the second quarter and led by as many as 14 after newcomer Austin Daye hit
a triple for a 40-26 cushion two minutes into the frame.

The Warriors stayed close, thanks in part to Lee and Curry each netting 11
points in the second. They opened the third quarter on an 11-2 run to take
their first lead, 67-65, on an Andrew Bogut tip-in with 7 1/2 minutes left in
the stanza.

Tayshaun Prince’s runner in the final minute gave the Grizzlies a 77-76 lead
heading to the fourth.

Game Notes

Allen scored a season-high 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting … Conley logged 10
assists … Memphis won the rebounding battle, 43-34 … The Warriors were
without backup point guard Jarett Jack due to a right shoulder contusion …
The Warriors have not beaten the Grizzlies since Nov. 3, 2010.