SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 30 factors, Klay Thompson had 21 and 9 rebounds and the Golden State Warriors shut down Ja Morant’s supporting solid to embarrass the Memphis Grizzlies 142-112 on Saturday night time for a 2-1 lead within the Western Conference semifinals.
Morant’s 3 simply earlier than the halftime buzzer bought the Grizzlies to 64-57 on the break and gave him 17 of his 34 factors after a 47-point efficiency in Game 2. But Morant couldn’t do it alone for Memphis, and he was executed after rubbing his tender proper knee and limping off with 6:19 to play earlier than heading to the locker room.
Still bothered by Dillon Brooks’ onerous foul in Game 2 that sidelined Gary Payton II, Draymond Green and Golden State stored cool from the opening tip — methodically operating away with it. Instead, Memphis ahead Kyle Anderson bought ejected with 6:19 left for arguing an offensive foul.
Brooks was suspended for his Flagrant 2 foul within the first quarter Tuesday when he pounded the top of a driving Payton, who landed awkwardly and fractured his left elbow. He will probably be sidelined indefinitely, additionally with ligament and muscle injury.
Coach Steve Kerr stated the play was “dirty” and broke an NBA “code” injuring somebody and threatening his profession, whereas Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins and his Grizzlies gamers defended their hard-nosed model as not soiled in any respect.
Brooks will probably be again for Game 4 on Monday night time at Chase Center, the place the raucous sellout crowd included two ladies holding indicators of Payton’s face insisting the Warriors “Win it for Gary.”
Golden State did so with a balanced assault and power on each ends after Green known as for the offense to do extra to raised the protection.
Jordan Poole scored 27 factors off the bench and Andrew Wiggins added 17 factors for Golden State, which used a 10-0 run out of halftime to take command for good.
Rookie Jonathan Kuminga supplied a spark beginning in Payton’s place, whereas Ziare Williams was in for Brooks.
Curry missed his preliminary two photographs then scored his first factors of the sport by making a giant 3 with 0.9 left within the first because the Warriors trailed 28-26.
Morant hit a 31-foot 3-pointer halfway by way of the primary and Williams dunked shortly after for a 21-8 lead and Memphis made 6 of 9 photographs to start out the sport. But the Grizzlies went chilly and made solely 3 of the following 12 and watched the Warriors shut the quarter with an 18-7 burst.
Thompson shot 8 for 13 with 4 3-pointers in a stable taking pictures night time.
He had been 11 for 38 from the ground, together with 5 of twenty-two on 3-pointers, to this point within the sequence earlier than discovering a greater groove. Kerr figured it could occur quickly sufficient.
“Klay has been in a little bit of a rush. He’s trying too hard to get himself going and he just needs to be a little more patient,” Kerr stated. “He’s had some good looks, but he’s also forced some others. He hasn’t really gotten into a good rhythm, so that’s hopefully something we can accomplish tonight.”
Grizzlies heart Steven Adams was accessible to play for the primary time this sequence sequence after popping out of the league well being and security protocols however the huge man didn’t play till the sport was out of hand.
Grizzlies: G Desmond Bane’s troublesome again was sore throughout Game 2 however has improved. “His back is progressing. I don’t think he’s at full strength like he was in the regular season but he’s the ultimate competitor,” coach Taylor Jenkins stated. Bane had 16 factors in 29 minutes. … Memphis shot 6 of 11 from 3-point vary within the opening quarter.
Warriors: The Warriors outrebounded the Grizzlies 21-14 within the first half and 53-37 general. … Golden State is 4-0 enjoying at house throughout this postseason and 49-11 relationship to the 2015 title run that ended with the franchise’s first championship in 40 years.
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