The Memphis Grizzlies tied the series with a tough 106-101 win over the Golden State Warriors. In the end, the dubs find no way against Ja Morant, the Splash Brothers are totally cool.
About four and a half minutes before the end, the Grizzlies were still four points behind, but then the hosts finished the match with a furious 15:6 run to victory – all 15 points went to Morant! The 22-year-old was now unstoppable by his driving and eventually had a career high in playoffs at 47 points.
Young Grizzlies sink 15 of his 31 shots (5/12 threes) and also gets 8 rebounds and assists as well as 3 steals. Other than that, only Zayer Williams (14), Brandon Clarke (10) and Garen Jackson Jr. (12, 3/14 FG) provided support in double digits. The latter was forced to leave the floor prematurely with six mistakes.
At the other end, Stephen Curry battled with 27 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists, but Chef, like his teammates, struggled with long-range shots (3/11 three-pointers). Golden State scored just 18.4 percent downtown (7/38), a negative record for the franchise in a playoff with at least 20 three-point attempts.
Jordan Paul still had 20 points, Andrew Wiggins 16. On the other hand, Klay Thompson remained completely pale (12, 5/19 FG). Golden State also had to come to terms with the injury of Gary Payton II, who fractured his left elbow in a nasty fall.
In fact, everything went according to Memphis’ plan at the start of the game: Jackson Jr and Morant scored early goals, while the Warriors essentially lost possession (a 8-0 lead). Then, however, made Dillon Brooks makes a bad mistake on Payton’s corner, Warriors coach Steve Kerr was by his side. Brooks received a gross foul II and immediately had to take a shower.
Morant and Curry in a special duel in a tough match
Payton II also had to leave the field with an elbow injury from a fall, and shortly thereafter Draymond Green (6, 10 rebounds, 7 assists) went towards the dressing room after a cross punch in the face. However, now the Memphis offense had more problems and some bad luck, on the other hand, Curry created some good shots for his teammates and found his own rhythm (11). After a very strong first quarter, Memphis is still up 33-25 thanks to Morant (14) and JJJ (10).
While Payton II was stuck, Greene returned with bulging eyes in the second quarter. However, the next advantage was offered by Wiggins, who scored a goal with both hands on Brandon Clark. fierce sticker produced. Otherwise, he ended up with several throws on either side of the ring. on Morant’s Air Show Jonathan Kominga answered with one proof, Morant with one Throwing ball But the last point in the first half (56:51).
The start of the second half returns to the Grizzlies. As Golden State missed three points after three, the homeowners quickly moved to +10. The lead went just as quickly after being dunked by several Paul Wiggins. I felt Memphis should have gone a lot higher, but instead, Dubs evened the match despite a manageable performance at the end of the third quarter – 77:77.
Morant is unstoppable! Grizzlies sink Warriors late
Morant had to go into the locker room with an eye problem, and in the absence of an all-star, Grizzlies’ offense lacked flow. Golden State advances for the first time in Game 2, but after Curry turned twice and two three-pointers by Williams at the other end, the game was turned again.
On the other hand, it took quite a bit of luck across the board for warriors to get triple at all. But this was clearly a can-opener for Curry, who followed right after the Grizzlies’ failed spin with another trio. Shortly thereafter, Jackson Jr. was fired for his sixth mistake—to the delight of Draymond, who politely waved goodbye.
Morant now single-handedly kept the Grizzlies in the game, and left him three-pointers with a two-and-a-half minute lead that put Memphis back in front. The answer follows in the form of Carrie Drive, But again, Morant hit with a crazy move. The final minutes were lively, and the Grizzlies guard increased to +3 after a controversial call from the free throw line. Morant was ready to counterattack again with a float on a green bucket – then Thompson made a graded foul! Ja then put the cap on victory from the goal line.
The most important stats
Memphis Grizzlies (2) – Golden State Warriors (3) 106:101 (BOXSCORE), Series: 1-1
- Shooting The Warriors wasn’t particularly nice to look at that evening. Neither the Splash Brothers nor the innings players found their rhythm in the full 48 minutes of the game, resulting in a three-point average of 18.4 percent (7/38). Curry was on 3/11 from distance, Thompson on 2/12, Paul on 1/6 and Wiggins on 1/7.
- Guests compensated for these unusual weaknesses with good work under the boards. Thanks to Wiggins (5 boards on the opposite board), Golden State had 14 offensive rebounds. This, in turn, turned GSW into a 20-point second chance, and Memphis had only 10 of 12 offensive rebounds.
- In line with this, dubbing had clear advantages when registering in the area. Golden State earned 60 points in the paint versus 42 for the Grizzlies. Particularly bitter: Jackson Jr.’s foul troubles, with the big guy on the field, the Warriors found it more difficult to finish the race in the area.
- However, in a time of crisis, Morante was too much for Dubbles. All the stars go out loud with it ESPN Statistics and Information He became the third player in NBA history to have multiple playoffs with 45+ points before his 23rd birthday. The other two are LeBron James and Kobe Bryant.
NBA Playoffs – Grizzlies vs Warriors: Votes
Steve Kerr (Warriors Coach) on Dillon Brooks’ Fault: “It wasn’t physical, it was filthy. […] There is a clear limit. You don’t hit a player in the air and break their elbow. This is the limit.”
Star of the game: Yes Morante
What a performance by the 22-year-old! Golden State was poorly ahead of his lead in the final stage, including the great finishing touches. Morant scored 18 points in the fourth quarter — and never before has a grizzly scored more in a quarter-final. This is the second time he’s been able to do this.
Game failure: Klay Thompson
Thompson actually had his difficulties in Game 1, which the winner of his game covered. But even in his second duel with the Grizzlies, the 32-year-old was far from his best, shortly before the end he earned an air ball and an expensive spin. Sometimes it seemed like he wanted to force his luck into it.
For a few seconds in the middle of the second quarter, Wiggins put aside his innate Canadian kindness. Because what he did to fellow countryman Brandon Clark will likely haunt them for a while. Starting from the ocean to the engine, Clark wanted to protect the circuit as an assistant defender – but he had no other choice, From watching a Warriors star in flight. With both hands, Wiggins stuffed the ball over Clark’s head through the trap. can you do it
NBA Playoffs: Grizzlies vs Warriors – Series Quick Look (1-1)
|1||May 1||9:30 pm||Memphis Grizzlies||Golden State Warriors||116: 117|
|2||May 4||3.30 am||Memphis Grizzlies||Golden State Warriors||106: 101|
|3||May 8||2.30 am||Golden State Warriors||Memphis Grizzlies||–|
|4||May 10||it’s 4 o clock||Golden State Warriors||Memphis Grizzlies||–|
|5||May 12||3.30 am||Memphis Grizzlies||Golden State Warriors||–|
|6 *||May 14||to be announced later on||Golden State Warriors||Memphis Grizzlies||–|
|7 *||May 17||to be announced later on||Memphis Grizzlies||Golden State Warriors||–|