Warriors outlast Ja Morant, Grizzlies to steal Game 1

Steph Curry and the Warriors rally from a double-digit deficit to pull off a one-point escape in opposition to the gritty Grizzlies

Jordan Poole fired 31 factors on 12-for-20 capturing, Stephen Curry completed with 24 factors, and the visiting Golden State Warriors held on for a 117-116 win over the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 1 of their Western Convention semifinals collection on Sunday afternoon, Might 1 (Monday, Might 2, Manila time).

Poole and Curry drained 5 three-pointers apiece because the Warriors recovered from a double-digit deficit within the first half in addition to the shock ejection of veteran ahead Draymond Inexperienced. Andrew Wiggins completed with 17 factors, and Klay Thompson scored 15 regardless of making solely six of 19 photographs from the sphere.

Ja Morant led the Grizzlies with 34 factors, 10 assists, and 9 rebounds. Jaren Jackson Jr. contributed 33 factors and 10 rebounds, whereas De’Anthony Melton scored 14 off the bench.

The groups will meet for Game 2 on Tuesday evening.

Neither workforce led by greater than 4 factors throughout the last 5 minutes, which featured 4 ties and two lead adjustments.

Golden State’s Gary Payton II made a layup to even the rating at 114-114 with 1:35 remaining. Memphis rapidly bounced again with an alley-oop dunk by Clarke that made it 116-114 in favor of the Grizzlies with 1:16 to go.

Thompson put Golden State on high for good on a three-pointer with 36.6 seconds remaining.

Neither workforce scored the remainder of the way in which. Thompson missed a pair of free throws that might have cushioned the Warriors’ lead, and Morant missed a driving scoop layup within the waning moments that might have gained the sport.

Inexperienced was ejected with 1:18 remaining within the first half for a flagrant 2 foul in opposition to Brandon Clarke. Replays confirmed that Inexperienced made contact with Clarke’s head whereas swiping down along with his arm, and he grabbed Clarke’s collar throughout the course of.

After the flagrant 2 ruling, Inexperienced ran across the court docket and waved his arms on the opposing crowd as boos rained down upon him. He completed with 6 factors, 4 rebounds, and three assists in 17 minutes.

The Warriors completed the third quarter with a 91-90 benefit.

Golden State trailed 66-61 when Curry went off for seven consecutive factors to put the Warriors on high, 68-66. 

Curry drained a pair of step-back bounce photographs and a three-pointer as Memphis battled to preserve tempo.

Memphis led 61-55 on the half.

– Rappler.com

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