Grizzlies Vs. Warriors - Sport Recap - May Also 21, 2021 - Espn



SAN FRANCISCO -- — Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies got here with aggression, willpower and clearly no worry, going at Golden State every which way — crashing the offensive glass to create greater chances, leaping within the passing lanes to pressure turnovers and getting a long way greater manufacturing from the bench.

The Grizzlies had a solution for each Stephen Curry flurry, and now they may be going again to the playoffs.

Morant made consecutive jumpers inside the final forty eight seconds of time beyond regulation and scored 35 points, and Memphis superior to the postseason for the primary time in 4 years by means of protecting off Curry and the Warriors 117-112 on Friday night in a interesting play-in game.

“What a second in time for the Grizzlies. Took a lot out people all season long. It’s just a proud moment," coach Taylor Jenkins stated. “We gave all of it we had to circulate on and I realize we have more left. What a heck of a sport. It took time beyond regulation in opposition to a heck of a ballclub. There were such a lot of matters that don't show up within the boxscore. We need to hold building, preserve fighting.”

Memphis earned the No. eight seed and superior to stand pinnacle-seeded Utah inside the first spherical of the quality-of-seven Western Conference playoffs. Game 1 is Sunday in Salt Lake City.

Jordan Poole hit a go-in advance three-pointer with 1:50 left in OT for Golden State handiest to look Xavier Tillman solution with a baseline 3 moments later. Poole lost the ball out of bounds leading to Morant's basket with 4 seconds left, then Poole made some other implausible three with 2 seconds final.

Morant shined on the massive degree — now it gets larger for him, Dillon Brooks and the Grizz.

“I comprehend it’s a huge accomplishment for everyone, however me and Dillon know the process’s no longer completed,” Morant said. “We’re now not seeking to be executed making it to the playoffs. We need to lock back in to playing Utah who has the great report within the league.”

Morant also contributed six rebounds, six assists and four steals. He shot 14 for 29 with 5 three-recommendations as Memphis extra than doubled its total from deep this time towards Golden State to win at the Warriors’ domestic ground simply 5 days after losing 113-one zero one in the normal-season finale.

Curry, who have become scoring champion against the Grizzlies on Sunday, finished with 39 points and six 3-tips while stunning in the front of an animated, roaring crowd of seven,505 in the most important sport yet at 2nd-yr Chase Center. He devoted seven of his crew's 21 turnovers, while Draymond Green had six miscues however also a triple-double with eleven factors, 16 rebounds and 10 assists.

“There were some pivotal turnovers that bit us a little bit, however I suppose the intentions had been proper and we were seeking to make the proper play, and once in a while it would not move your way," Curry said. “That is some thing to nitpick for certain. It's part of the sport you need to have solid possessions and get stable shots. I loved our aggressiveness and our intentions. ... It didn't go our way.”

These teams wished each tick of the clock in the greater length to determine who moved on and who headed domestic for the offseason following a furious final minute-plus of regulation — and the NBA needed to like it.

Andrew Wiggins tied it on a layup with 33 seconds left in the fourth quarter on a pretty skip from new star Poole and Memphis committed a shot-clock violation on the other cease.

Kyle Anderson made a pair of unfastened throws with 54.nine seconds left after being fouled by means of Curry, who had just converted two unfastened throws to tie the sport at 1:12. Curry drove via the paint and drew the sixth foul on Jonas Valanciunas.

Then Curry let loose, simply as he did all season in one among his fine years yet at age 33.

Curry’s 3-point play with 9:40 left were given Golden State to eighty-78, then he made a extraordinary 3 the subsequent time down while falling backward. Morant hit from deep moments later.

Memphis had to get to the postseason the difficult manner: prevailing a pair of play-in games.

The Grizzlies held off San Antonio one hundred-ninety six at domestic Wednesday night time, then traveled lower back to the Bay Area. The Warriors lost a heartbreaker to LeBron James and the Lakers 103-a hundred at Staples Center on Wednesday.

“Obviously a crushing manner to exit, two immediately video games that have been essentially intestine punches,” Warriors educate Steve Kerr stated. “We felt like we had control of the game the alternative night time and misplaced after which genuinely didn’t have the control of this one but should have gained, we had the ultimate shot in regulation. The ball simply didn’t move our manner."

Golden State overlooked Curry Splash Brother Klay Thompson for the second directly season, this time as he nurses a torn proper Achilles tendon suffered just before schooling camp that required surgery.

The Warriors fell brief of returning to the playoffs for the primary time because reaching five directly NBA Finals in 2019 earlier than losing in six video games to Toronto.

Memphis ended a three-12 months playoff drought in view that making seven directly appearances thru 2016-17, and misplaced in the first spherical in its preceding journeys and 4 of these seven appearances usual.

The Warriors desired to be targeted from the opening tip, awaiting another hot begin by way of the Grizzlies who added simply that — making their first seven photographs and 3 3s to jump beforehand 18-6.

Memphis went ahead early on Golden State final week and additionally in opposition to the Spurs. This time against the Warriors, they closed it out.

Grizzlies: The bench scored 40 factors. ... Brooks, a fourth-sector key the past two games for the Grizzlies, finished 7 for 22 from the ground and overlooked all 4 of his three-point tries for 14 factors. ... Valanciunas, who had 29 factors and 16 rebounds Sunday, introduced 9 factors and 12 boards before taking a seat. ... After a 6-for-25 day on three-hints Sunday, Memphis wound up 15 of 35 from lengthy variety.

Warriors: Had won six directly domestic games after wrapping up the regular season with a 6-0 homestand. ... Golden State received 10 of the final 12 at home in all.

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