Dec 16, 2014 10:59 PM
Memphis stops Golden State's 16-game win streak
The Associated Press
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Marc Gasol scored 24 points, and the Memphis Grizzlies snapped the Golden State Warriors' NBA-best 16-game winning streak with a 105-98 victory on Tuesday night.
Mike Conley and Zach Randolph each scored 17 points, and Randolph also had 10 rebounds as Memphis earned its fifth straight win. Vince Carter added a season-high 16 points, and Jon Leuer had 11.
The Warriors came in with the NBA's best record at 21-2. They lost for the first time since Nov. 11 against the Spurs, also the last team to beat Memphis. This was the first time in NBA history in which both teams had 19 or more wins in the first 24 games.
Golden State star Stephen Curry missed back-to-back 3-pointers in the final 10 seconds. He had 19 points on 9-of-25 shooting, including a 1-for-10 night from beyond the arc.
Klay Thompson scored 22 points for the Warriors, and Marreese Speights had 18. Harrison Barnes scored 11 points while playing with a mask to protect a broken bone in his face.
The Warriors trailed by as many as 14 and got within two twice in the fourth quarter, the last at 90-88 on an alley-oop dunk for Livingston with 5:09 to go. Memphis responded with a 7-0 run capped by two foul shots for Courtney Lee after Golden State coach Steve Kerr and Warriors guard Andre Iguodala each picked up a technical foul.
Golden State closed a three-game road swing with 7-foot center Andrew Bogut sitting out a fourth straight game with a right knee injury and David Lee still out with a hamstring problem. The Warriors countered the size difference inside with Curry and Thompson going to the basket repeatedly. They managed to tie Memphis with 50 points in the paint.
Memphis' reserves helped fuel one of the best runs in franchise history in the second quarter, with the Grizzlies scoring 20 straight points while hitting their first six shots of the period. Carter hit three of his 3-pointers in the surge, helping Memphis to a 57-49 lead at halftime.
The Warriors used a 14-2 run in the fourth to get close but couldn't finish off the comeback.
Warriors: Golden State turned the ball over seven times in the third quarter. ... Draymond Green had a career-high five blocks. He blocked Randolph twice in the same sequence in the third quarter before Randolph finally scored over him. Green had four blocks in a game five times previously, the last Sunday at New Orleans.
Grizzlies: That 20-0 run at the start of the second quarter was the third-longest consecutive point streak in franchise history. ... The Grizzlies and Warriors don't play again until March 27 in Memphis.
Warriors: Host Thunder on Thursday night.
Grizzlies: Visit Spurs on Wednesday night.