The 2014 Golden State Warriors (45-27) are becoming synonymous with the famous ‘80’s movie The Goonies – they just never say die.
Friday night looked bleak for the Warriors towards the end of the fourth quarter, as the Memphis Grizzlies seemed to be hitting every shot. Golden State found themselves down 93-86 with a shade over four minutes to play; and then they made a run for the ages.
All-Star Stephen Curry absolutely dominated the final few minutes as he helped key a 14-0 run to close out the game and give the Warriors a much-needed 100-93 victory at Oracle Arena.
The Warriors were without the services of star power forward David Lee (hamstring) and Andrew Bogut (pelvic contusion) for the game yet were still able to out-rebound the Grizzlies 43-33 due to the tremendous efforts of Marreese Speights, Draymond Green, and Jermaine O’Neal.
Curry led the Warriors offense with 33 points and eight assists. Speights added 15 points while filling into the starting lineup for Lee.
The Memphis Grizzlies (43-29) entered Oracle arena as one of the hottest teams in the NBA and were within four minutes of being in a tie with the Warriors for sixth place in the Western Conference. All-Star Zach Randolph had another solid performance with 21 points and seven rebounds but was completely flustered by Golden State’s pressure defense at the end of the game.
After the game, Warriors head coach Mark Jackson commented, “This was a big time win; this team understands that the lights are bright and the pressure is on and we embrace it.”
The Warriors will welcome the struggling New York Knicks to Oracle Arena on Sunday night.
Notes: This is the first time since the 1974-77 seasons that the Warriors have won more than 45 games in back-to-back seasons… Bogut will have an x-ray as a precaution due to his pelvic injury sustained in the game… This was the 74th straight sell-out crowd at Oracle Arena.