NBA playoffs

Grizzlies gore Warriors by 39 to stay alive

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Grizzlies gore Warriors by 39 to stay alive

LOPSIDED. Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr. (right) and Warriors guard Stephen Curry battle for a loose ball.

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Even minus Ja Morant, the Grizzlies erect leads as high as 55 points to demolish Steph Curry and the Warriors and trim their series deficit to 3-2

Desmond Bane, Jaren Jackson Jr., and Tyus Jones each scored 21 points and sank four three-pointers as the host Memphis Grizzlies steamrolled the Golden State Warriors, 134-95, in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals Wednesday night, May 11 (Thursday, May 12, Manila time).

The Grizzlies had little trouble cutting Golden State’s series lead to 3-2 despite playing without star point guard Ja Morant for the second straight game. Morant has a bone bruise in his right knee and is doubtful to play again this postseason.

Steven Adams collected 13 rebounds, Jones compiled 9 assists, and Jackson grabbed 8 boards for second-seeded Memphis, which led by as many as 55 points. 

The 39-point margin of victory is the Grizzlies’ largest in postseason play, topping a 124-96 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves earlier this postseason.

Klay Thompson scored 19 points, Jonathan Kuminga had 17, and Stephen Curry added 14 for the third-seeded Warriors. No Golden State player saw more than 26 minutes of action.

Golden State committed 22 turnovers while the Grizzlies had 10. Memphis made a franchise playoff record 18 three-pointers (out of 41 attempts).

The Grizzlies shot 47.5% overall. Dillon Brooks contributed 12 points.

Game 6 is Friday night in San Francisco.

Memphis led 77-50 at halftime and then poured it on by outscoring Golden State 42-17 in the third quarter.

Jones and Jackson connected on back-to-back three-pointers to cap a 14-0 burst and make it 103-56.

The lead went over 50 when Ziaire Williams drilled a three-pointer to push the gap to 113-61 with 3:20 remaining in the third.

A four-point play by Williams increased the lead to 55 with 40 seconds left in the third period, 119-64. 

The Grizzlies held a 119-67 lead entering the final stanza, and both teams played reserves over the final 12 minutes.

Warriors forward Otto Porter Jr. missed the second half due to right foot soreness. Golden State shot 45% from the field and made 14-of-39 from three-point range.

Golden State trailed 29-28 after Thompson’s trey with 1:21 left in the first quarter before the Memphis onslaught kicked into high gear.

The Grizzlies scored the next 11 points to lead by 12 after Kyle Anderson’s basket 37 seconds into the second quarter. Memphis used a 9-0 run to increase its lead to 53-36 and later tallied 14 straight to raise the margin to 25 with 1:49 left.

Jones’ basket made it 77-50 entering the break. – Rappler.com