Everything was tighter. The Grizzlies’ clearly had a better grip on the basketball because turnovers were hardly an issue. Essentially eight players saw the court, meaning Griz coach Dave Joerger clung to those he trusted most with regard to lineup rotations. Add a vintage performance by Zach Randolph to the mix and the Grizzlies’ 108-90 victory over the Golden State Warriors Saturday night at FedExForum was not only their most convincing so far this season, it also accounted for the team’s most complete and consistent effort. “We needed to get back to us,” Joerger said. “This was Grizzlies basketball.” Indeed. The Griz beat up the Warriors inside (see: Randolph’s 23-points, 11-rebound outing and the team’s 54-18 scoring advantage in the paint), and used an active defense to take the shock value out of Golden State’s high-voltage offense. Golden State shot just 42.3 percent and committed 18 turnovers. Not even Stephen Curry’s return from a one-game layoff due to an ankle injury could help the Warriors. Curry had a team-high 22 points. However, the Griz countered with a more balanced attack. All five starters scored in double figures with Mike Conley scoring 20 points and Mike Miller adding 15 points off the bench. “We looked at it as a must-win,” Griz guard Tony Allen said. “We just wanted to put our foot down and make it a point of emphasis to play Grizzlies style basketball.” The Griz led by 23 in the fourth quarter after entering the final frame with a 90-77 advantage. They were essentially in control most of the night. Taking care of the basketball helped. Memphis had just one turnover in the first quarter and only nine through the first three periods. Defensively, the Griz were harassed their opponent into difficult shots and poor decisions for longer stretches than they have this season. After making stops, the Griz had a good offensive flow playing inside-out. They routinely attacked the basket by feeding Randolph in the post or by making straight line drives through the paint.
Randolph has double-double as Grizzlies find their footing in 108-90 win over Warriors
Memphis Commercial Appeal | Nov 10