Wiggins scores 40 as short-handed Warriors beat Grizzlies

Andrew Wiggins scored a season-high 40 factors, Jordan Poole added 25 whereas beginning rather than injured Stephen Curry, and the short-handed Golden State Warriors beat the Memphis Grizzlies 116-103 within the first of back-to-back conferences between the groups

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Andrew Wiggins scored a season-high 40 factors, Jordan Poole added 25 whereas beginning rather than injured Stephen Curry, and the short-handed Golden State Warriors beat the Memphis Grizzlies 116-103 on Friday evening within the first of back-to-back conferences between the groups.

Damion Lee had 21 factors, additionally a season finest, because the Warriors received their third within the final 4 video games regardless of lacking a number of key gamers. Draymond Inexperienced was 0 for six from the sector and scored solely two factors however grabbed 11 rebounds and handed out 13 assists.

“It was unbelievable, simply the hassle,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr stated. “Actually understanding what it was going to take to win this recreation by way of not turning the ball over, preventing on the glass. I believe we established within the first half that we weren’t going to present them something simple.

“A whole lot of nice particular person performances, and an incredible workforce efficiency,” he added.

Ja Morant and Grayson Allen had 14 factors every to steer Memphis, and Brandon Clarke scored 13. Jonas Valanciunas added 10 factors and 16 rebounds.

“Golden State was far more aggressive. Performed more durable than us,” Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins stated. “They set the tone early within the recreation. We didn’t have the struggle tonight; we’ve obtained to have it (Saturday).”

The Warriors have been with out Curry, who bruised his tailbone in Wednesday’s victory over Houston. In the meantime, rookie heart James Wiseman and Eric Paschall each have been unavailable underneath the NBA’s well being and security protocol. That was three of the workforce’s high 5 scorers on the sideline.

However the Golden State guards crammed the scoring void beginning within the first half – Wiggins had 27 factors and Poole added 17. That took the result in as many as 21 earlier than the Warriors held a 67-48 benefit at halftime.

Wiggins knew he wanted to step as much as assist the offense minus Curry, the Warriors’ main scorer. And if Wiggins’ offense wasn’t sufficient, he added a season-high 4 steals on the defensive finish.

Kerr known as Wiggins’ efficiency “wonderful.”

“Steph’s a giant a part of this workforce. He’s what makes this workforce go. With him being out, it was like all people needed to step up. I simply tried to be aggressive from the beginning,” Wiggins stated, including: “I simply tried to fill in as a lot as I might, do what I can to assist the workforce go.”

Memphis’ offense was lackluster via the primary half, taking pictures 42% and committing 10 turnovers. That stored the Grizzlies’ fast-pace offense in low gear, managing solely two fast-break factors earlier than halftime. They completed with 11 for the sport.

The ballhandling issues continued after the break, with Memphis committing seven extra turnovers as Golden State maintained its 19-point benefit.

Memphis by no means actually threatened within the second half.

“It’s good to have the ability to flip round and flush it and play them the following evening,” Allen stated. “Get one other probability to return out and play higher.”

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Warriors: Poole entered averaging 19 factors over the previous 5 video games, whereas taking pictures 54% total and 46% from 3-point vary. … On Feb. 10, 2017, in opposition to the Grizzlies, Inexperienced posted the one triple-double with out reaching 10 factors in NBA historical past. In that recreation, Inexperienced had 4 factors, 12 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals. … Kerr stated Wiseman and Paschall flew again to the Bay Space on Friday morning.

Grizzlies: Valanciunas had his twenty fifth double-double of the season. … Dillon Brooks was 2 for 10 from the sector and is 7 for 30 within the final 4 video games. … The back-to-back with Golden State is the second of an NBA-high 11 back-to-backs for the Grizzlies within the second half of the season.

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Kerr stated Curry was “nonetheless fairly sore. Annoyed. He needs to be going.” Kerr stated Curry is day-to-day, however added he expects the star guard to be uncertain for Saturday’s recreation between the groups.

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