Created: 12/07/2013 11:06 PM WHEC.com
(AP) MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Klay Thompson scored 30 points and David Lee finished with 23 to help the Golden State Warriors defeat the short-handed Memphis Grizzlies 108-82 Saturday night.
Stephen Curry scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half, despite shooting 7 of 16 on the night as the Warriors ended an 11-game skid against the Grizzlies. Curry had 15 assists, two more Memphis’ team total
Mike Miller led the Grizzlies with 16 points, while Jon Leuer and Zach Randolph added 15 points each. Mike Conley finished with 12 points, but was 4 of 12 from the field, part of Memphis shooting 37 percent. Kosta Koufos had 10 points and 16 rebounds.
Memphis played without starters Marc Gasol and Tony Allen, plus Ed Davis, who had moved into the starting lineup. Then in the second quarter, Memphis lost Quincy Pondexter, who started for Allen, to a right midfoot sprain.
Lee had 11 rebounds and Andrew Bogut grabbed 12 boards as Golden State outrebounded Memphis 47-40, while shooting 50 percent.
Memphis was limited to 2 of 10 from beyond the arc.
The Warriors led 49-43 at the half behind 18 points from Thompson and 12 from Lee.
Thompson got the Warriors started early, connecting on 7 of 9 shots in the first quarter, including a pair of 3-pointers. That helped Golden State build its lead to as many as 16 points in the first half.
Memphis finally got untracked in the second quarter behind its defense. Miller hit a couple of 3-pointers and finished with 10 first-half points.
And the Grizzlies’ injury woes continued to build when Pondexter went to the locker room in the latter stages of the half and did not return.
The Warriors’ defense and a short Memphis bench allowed Golden State to stop the Grizzlies after halftime. Memphis was 3 of 18 to start the third quarter and had three turnovers in the first 9 minutes of the stanza.
At that point, Golden State had matched its largest lead at 69-53, and the Grizzlies were dragging.
Curry had shaken off poor shooting in the first half, when he missed all six of his shots. He scored 10 in the third, Thompson and Lee had seven points each, and the Warriors extended their lead to 77-60 at the end of three.
The lead would eventually swell to the final 26-point margin.
NOTES: The Warriors’ last victory in the series was Nov. 3, 2010. Golden State had not won in Memphis since April 4, 2008. . Curry’s 3-pointer with 10:48 left in the third moved him past Jason Richardson as the Warriors top 3-point shooter. Richardson had 700 from outside the arc. Curry has 701. . The Warriors, who lost at Houston on Friday night, were 0-4 in the second game of back-to-backs this season. . Curry had led Golden State in scoring the past five games. However, he did keep his streak of leading the Warriors in assists. He has led the team in eight straight. ... Miller led the Grizzlies in scoring, becoming the eighth player to lead Memphis in scoring the past eight games.