The final Game 6 matchup of the day is between the Golden State Warriors and the Memphis Grizzlies. The Warriors are leading, 3-2 and with them having homecourt advantage, they will be looking to close out the series. The Grizzlies need this win anyhow as a Game 7 in their territory would certainly be an advantage that the Warriors would have a difficult time overcoming.
The Golden State Warriors went with their starting lineup of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green and Kevon Looney. The Memphis Grizzlies started with Tyus Jones, Desmond Bane, Dillon Brooks, Jaren Jackson Jr and Steven Adams.
After the opening tip, the Grizzlies opened up the scoring with a pull-up 2-point jumper from Desmond Bane. Bane score another 2 points before the Warriors started pouring in. Klay Thompson led the charge as he let it fly from beyond the arc. He announced the arrival of ‘Game 6 Klay’ sinking 3 threes in a row.
The Grizzlies were put to notice that the Warriors were not going to be missing much from the 3-point land compared to their previous two games. So they pushed their defense towards the perimeter to try and frazzle them while Dillon brooks went on a shooting spree of his own on the offensive end. A fortunate miscalculation on the Warriors part was the number of rebounds Kevon Looney was gathering for them.
The Warriors held a lead but that was quickly cut down by the Grizzlies combination of offense and defense. They contested the perimeter shots which led to missed possessions. On the offensive end they kept the ball rolling and made it difficult for the Warriors to focus their defense on a single player. Nonetheless, the Warriors secured the lead in the 1st half with a score of 53-51.
As soon as the 3rd quarter started, the Grizzlies kept their defense as it is and on the offensive end allowed Desmond Bane to attack. They successfully made their 3 pointers. But the Warriors were not about to take it laying down as Klay Thompson started shooting again and scored 10 points in the quarter to reclaim the lead.
The 4th quarter was when all hell broke loose as Stephen Curry and Andrew Wiggins led the Warriors charge. They attacked from the perimeter draining their shots and at the same time, they were infiltrating the interior.
The Grizzlies defense could not keep up with the duo. They could neither get their offense going as the Warriors were playing aggressively. The Grizzlies became flustered and started rushing their shots which further led to wasted possessions. The score gap grew and the Grizzlies could not overcome this challenge without their star, Ja Morant.
Game 6 Klay Thompson is back as he led the Warriors in scoring putting up 30 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 blocks. Stephen Curry followed him up with 29 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, a steal and 2 blocks. Andrew Wiggins put up a double-double of 18 points, 11 rebounds, a steal and 3 blocks. The biggest difference maker was Kevon Looney who grabbed 11 defensive and 11 offensive rebounds in the whole game.
For the Grizzlies, Dillon Brooks led them in scoring with 30 points, 4 rebounds, an assist, 3 steals and a block. Desmond Bane followed him up with 25 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists and a block. Jaren Jackson was the only other Grizzlies player to score in the double digits with 12 points, 4 rebounds and 4 blocks.
Warriors move on
The Golden State Warriors clinched the series with a scoreline of 110-96. They have now moved on to the Western Conference Finals where they will be waiting for their opponent who will be decided after the end of the series between the Phoenix Suns and the Dallas Mavericks.
Aftermath of the Grizzlies
For the Memphis Grizzlies, it is the end of their road. They have performed superbly even without their superstar, Ja Morant. This is really assuring for the Grizzlies as they have tasted a series win. The direction of their team is he right one and with Morant in full power the next season, they will be a scary team to face against.