The Memphis Grizzlies took a crucial 2-1 lead in the NBA Playoffs after handing out a 99-89 defeat to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference semifinal at the FedEx forum in Memphis on Saturday.
Zach Randolph was one of the standout performers for the Grizzles, scoring a total of 22 points and he was ably supported by Marc Gasol, who scored 21 points and accounted for 15 rebounds as well.
Mike Conley had a relatively subdued game as he finished with just 11 points to his name. For the Warriors, the recently-crowned MVP Stephen Curry scored 23 points while Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes scored 20 and 16 points respectively.
The Warriors as many as 7 opportunities of scoring from the three-pointer mark and went just 6 out of 26 in the whole three-point range and 19 out of 28 at the three-point line.
The Grizzles also did better than their opponents at the paint with a tally of 46 points as compared to Warriors’s 32. For the second consecutive time, The Grizzles held the Warriors to under 40 points in the initial 24 minutes.
To round off a satisfying night, the home fans were treated to a stunner from Randolph, who scored a 20-footer to beat the buzzer.