Tonight wasn’t the happiest night for the Warriors. For the second time this season, the Warriors have lost back-to-back games. That’s pretty impressive, actually. The Warriors, as good as they have been overall, have succumbed to this brutal schedule, which featured the Clippers and the Grizzlies.
The horror isn’t over, though. They’re facing harder teams in the future. Wednesday, the Grizzlies out-battled the Warriors to a seven-point win, 94-87.
In the first quarter, the Warriors got off to a hot start. Klay Thompson finished the quarter with six points and three assists, which is a good sign for him. Curry, although smothered, still played at his mean. When the Grizzlies pushed ahead of the Warriors, Golden State responded by battling back to cut their deficit to one, 27-26.
Landry played efficiently, as he had ten points off the bench in only five minutes. In the second quarter, Memphis forced the Warriors into many turnovers, and they were able to turn them into points. They outscored the Dubs 28-20 in the second thanks to a 16-2 run. Luckily, the Dubs were able to cut into the lead, but found themselves down 55-46 at the half.It was a disastrous quarter: Lee missed a lot of shots, and the Warriors failed to be active on the glass.
In the third quarter, the Warriors missed several shots, but were able to defend the Grizzlies into just 13 points. At the end of the quarter, the Grizzlies lead by just five points.
Coming into the final quarter of play, the Warriors were determined to knock off Memphis being the underdogs that they were. The pace, much like the first quarter, was in the Grizzlies control. After the Warriors were able to tie the game multiple times, they finally pushed ahead behind Zach Randolph and Rudy Gay.
The Warrior’s leading scorer was Curry with 24, but it was Thompson with 20 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists, who kept the Warriors hanging around until the end.
The Warriors’ next game is Friday, January 11 against the Blazers, who are holding on to that 8th seed in the West.