Grizzlies crushed Warriors in Game 5

Grizzlies crushed Warriors in Game 5

Memphis, Tennessee. The Memphis Grizzlies battled elimination with the highest scoring record in their franchise’s postseason history.

And All-Star defenseman Ja Morant cheering from the bench. Morant then upped the ante by yelling “Grizz in seven!”

Jaren Jackson Jr., Desmond Bain and Tyus Jones each scored 21 points as the Grizzlies thrashed the Golden State Warriors 134–95 on Wednesday night to force Game 6 in their Western Conference Semifinals.

“We have exceeded all expectations since I’ve been here,” Bain said. “It seems like whenever someone thinks we can’t do something, we end up doing it. So I never want to limit this team to what we can do, because anything is possible.”

Dillon Brooks added 12 points to Memphis. Zier Williams and Brandon Clark had 11 points each, while De’Anthony Melton had 10. Steven Adams had 13 rebounds, six offensively, as Memphis beat Golden State 24-5 on points second. chance.

The Grizzlies never fell behind, putting in their best game of the series, going 3-2, even though Morant was out for the second straight game with a bruised bone in his right knee. They improved to 4-11 when they faced elimination.

Jaren Jackson Jr. of the Grizzlies
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“We knew what was at stake,” Jackson said. “However, we have not changed anything. We just calmed down, watched the movie, realized what we needed to take away from the last game, and just went out and performed.”

Memphis scored 77 points in the first half, the most in franchise history. The Grizzlies extended their lead to 55 in the third quarter, threatening three of the biggest postseason breakouts in NBA history. Their 52-point lead after three tied points was the biggest in playoff games in 70 years.

“Obviously it was a very impressive win for our group, definitely a great result,” Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins said.

When Memphis fans chanted “Whoop That Trick! Oh, this trick! at the start of the fourth, Stephen Curry was laughing on the court and Draymond Green was waving a towel in unison with the crowd. Green said he has no respect for people who only bring energy when they win.

“When you regurgitate it, you have to be willing to accept it, not hide from it, shy away from it, and hide from it. Accept it,” Greene said. “So I appreciated the crowd tonight and the energy they brought to the game. If they want to show this trick, we will do it together.”

Game 6 comes Friday night in San Francisco, where the Warriors have won five straight playoff games and the last seven overall.

Klay Thompson led Golden State with 19 points, Jonathan Cuminga added 17, Curry added 14, and Damion Lee and Moses Moody both added 10.

The Warriors lost for the first time when assistant Mike Brown replaced coach Steve Kerr, who missed his second straight game after testing positive for COVID before Game 4. Thompson said they only counted on closing that streak to play “like a shell” . myself”.

“It was terrible,” Thompson said. “It was awkward from the start. We didn’t have a lot of flow. They were more aggressive than us, stopping their 30 free throws against our 13.”

The Grizzlies returned to what helped them set the second-best record in the regular season. They beat Golden State 55–37 for the first time in the series, dominating the offense 18–4. They forced 22 turnovers and achieved their best result on the bench in this series.

With Jordan Pool coming off the bench, Golden State won against Memphis in each of their first four games. Facing elimination, the Grizzlies had a 28–8 lead during the first two quarters and finished with a 52–35 lead. Poole had three points.

Memphis led 38-28 at the end of the first quarter and went on a 24-8 streak in the second quarter to go 53-36. They finished second 20-4, including 14 in a row, overtaking Golden State 39-22 and leading 77-50 at halftime.

The Grizzlies then opened the third quarter with a 20–6 lead over Golden State. They kept pushing, passing Golden State 42–17 in Game 3 and leading 119–67 in Game 4.

Brown left most of his starting spares by 3:44 of the third, with Jenkins following to start fourth, resting before the California flight and Game 6.


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