Warriors Stunned As The Grizzlies Win With A 39-Point Margin

Warriors Stunned As The Grizzlies Win With A 39-Point Margin

The intensity in the Playoffs are increasing with each passing game. Leading the series by 3-1, the Warriors will be looking to close the series out and moving on to the next round. For the Grizzlies, they have to win at all cost to keep their playoff run alive and having the homecourt advantage could help them get a win.

The Memphis Grizzlies went with their starting lineup of Tyus Jones, Desmond Bane, Dillon Brooks, Jaren Jackson Jr and Steven Adams. The Golden State Warriors started with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, Jonathan Kuminga and Draymond Green.

Game Summary

With the opening tip, the Grizzlies controlled possession of the ball scoring the first points of the game. The Warriors followed suite and they were scoring as well. But the Grizzlies’ tenacity was commendable as they focused their energy on the defensive end.

Yet, Klay Thompson got free and drilled from beyond the arc to the dismay of the Grizzlies. On the offensive end, the Grizzlies moved the ball around and they scored the basket at will. They took the perimeter and let it fly from 3. Having Steven Adams underneath the basket gave the rest of the Grizzlies the confidence to make the shots.

The Warriors knew that it was troubling for them to score the basket as they were not able to sink the ball from 3. The Grizzlies kept their defense tight and they were playing the best defense they have ever played. They forced 10 turnovers in the quarter which led to them scoring fastbreak points.

On top of that, as the Warriors’ defense is weak towards the interior, the Grizzlies grabbed about 9 offensive boards in the 2nd quarter alone. The Warriors had no answer for the Grizzlies persistent offense and they were getting frazzled due to the fact that they were unable to sink their 3s. In the end of the 1st half, the Grizzlies held a firm grip on the lead with a score of 77-50.

In the 3rd quarter, the Warriors were further embarrassed as they continued to struggle. In the middle of the 3rd quarter, the Grizzlies had widened their lead to 52 points. Such a huge score gap was not predicted, especially when it was a veteran team who was at the receiving end of it.

The 4th quarter started and with the game already decided, both teams sent out their bench players to preserve their starters for the next game. The Grizzlies kept the lead and the final buzzer sounded to end the game.

Box score

The Grizzlies had 3 players scoring above 20 points. Jaren Jackson Jr. went off for 21 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, a steal and 2 blocks. Tyus Jones put up a near triple-double of 21 points, 9 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 steals and a block. Desmond Bane scored 21 points on 50% from the field and 67% from beyond the 3-point line.

For the Warriors, Klay Thompson led the team with 19 points, 3 rebounds, an assist and a steal. Jonathan Kuminga ended up with 17 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. Stephen Curry scored an abysmal 14 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists.

Takeaways from Game 5

The Memphis Grizzlies destroyed the Warriors with a scoreline of 134-95. They now only trail 2-3 in the series as they wait for Game 6. The Warriors seemed to have been taken by surprise with the versatility in which the Memphis Grizzlies were playing. They were without their ace, Ja Morant, yet they outplayed their opponents with huge score gap. The Warriors are now enraged and it might seem like they come out with a different type of conviction in Game 6 at home.

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