The Memphis Grizzlies still can’t solve the Stephen Curry puzzle. More than a week after suffering a 50-point blowout to the Golden State Warriors, the Grizzlies were looking forward for a different outcome at home Thursday night when they faced Curry and the Warriors.
The result was the same as the visitors ran away with an easy 100-84 victory behind Curry’s 28 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals.
Harrison Barnes added 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting while Andre Iguodala came off the bench to score 20 points with 4 three-pointers against a struggling Grizzlies squad that has started the season with just three wins in nine games.
Golden State dropped 26 points in the first quarter while containing the Grizzlies to just 15 points. Memphis answered with a 26-21 second quarter to cut down the lead to 47-41 at halftime.
The Grizzlies’ defense held for most of the third quarter but allowed a 17-7 Warriors’ run entering the final quarter. That was all the offensive rhythm the Warriors needed and they cruised to the victory in the one-sided fourth quarter.
Memphis wasted Marc Gasol’s best offensive effort so far this season. The Spanish big man scored 26 points and added 7 rebounds and 2 steals but the Grizzlies just shot 24-of-70 from the field (34.3 percent) and 3-of-15 from three (20.0 percent) as a team. Zach Randolph had 19 points and Tony Allen chipped in 15 points.
With the win, the Warriors improved to 9-0 for the year. Not only they are perfect but they have also won games by an average margin of victory of over 17 points per game.
Golden State travels to face the Minnesota Timberwolves in their next game before going back home to take on the Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors.
Meanwhile, the Grizzlies continued their bad start to the year. They now have dropped four straight and will face the Portland Trail Blazers and Timberwolves Friday and Sunday, respectively.