Close call: Grizzlies rally for sweep posted by Brad Hurt
It was anything but easy, but the Memphis Grizzlies outlasted the Golden State Warriors, 88-81 in overtime on Wednesday night to complete a perfect West Coast road trip.
The comeback happened largely thanks to the team's Grit N Grind mentality. After spotting the home team a double-digit lead in the opening quarter, the Grizzlies (7-5) relied on strong defense to get back into the game. They had to overcome a 12-point deficit in the second half to escape with their 11th consecutive head-to-head win over the 8-4 Warriors. They won the third quarter 25-13 behind a 17-2 run led by Zach Randolph's eight points in the period. Randolph finished with another double-double of a team-high 21 points and 12 rebounds.
Ball control played a huge part in the win as the Grizzlies turned the ball over only seven times.
The Grizzlies shot only 38 percent for the game, led by Marc Gasol's 6-of-14 effort. Gasol added 11 rebounds to his 18 points to join Randolph with a double-double. His pair of free throws with 2:02 left in the fourth quarter forced the game into overtime. Mike Conley also finished in double figures scoring for the Grizzlies, scoring 19 points and draining the go-ahead 3-pointer in overtime. The Grizzlies' bench came up large, outscoring the Warriors' reserves 16-7. Kosta Koufos led the Grizzlies subs with seven points and grabbed eight rebounds.
Andrew Bogut led the Warriors with 12 points and 14 rebounds.
This trip proved the Grizzlies can compete with some of the top teams in the West. It is never easy to win away from home, and putting together a streak like this shows the character and fight this team has.Continue reading "Close call: Grizzlies rally for sweep"