Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 3)

Series starts 11/3

Game 1: Monday, November 3rd
Warriors79Final
Grizzlies90
Game 2: Friday, November 7th
Grizzlies109Final
Warriors104
Game 3: Monday, March 30th
Grizzlies114Final
Warriors109

Warriors 79

(1-3, 1-2 away)

Grizzlies 90

(2-2, 2-0 home)

Coverage: FSTN

8:00 PM ET, November 3, 2008

FedExForum, Memphis, TN

1 2 3 4 T
GS 24 21 22 1279
MEM 29 20 24 1790

Top Performers

Golden State: A. Biedrins 16 Pts, 22 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

Memphis: M. Gasol 27 Pts, 16 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 Blk

Gasol, Biedrins help Grizzlies end losing streak vs. Warriors

Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The Golden State Warriors should have paid more attention to Memphis rookie Marc Gasol.

While the Warriors were worrying about high-profile Grizzlies Rudy Gay and O.J. Mayo, Gasol had 27 points and 16 rebounds to help the Grizzlies beat the Warriors 90-79 on Monday night.

Fast Facts

• The Warriors' seven-game winning streak vs. the Grizzlies ended.

• Through four games this season, Memphis has yet to score 100 or more points. The Grizzlies also have yet to allow 100 or more points.

• Center Andris Biedrins has a double-double in each of the Warriors' first four games this season.

-- ESPN research

The Grizzlies remained undefeated at home, the first time in franchise history they have started 2-0 at home.

"He did really great. I was impressed," Warriors center Andris Biedrins said. "...He really made us pay for not keeping attention to him. We were more worried about Mayo and Rudy Gay and didn't think about [Gasol] so much."

Gasol went 9-for-11 from the field and the free-throw line for Memphis, which ended a seven-game skid in the series against Golden State. The rookie also blocked three shots.

Before the game, Memphis coach Marc Iavaroni said Gasol, who has only played four games in the NBA, was still a bit confused on when he should take on some of the offensive load. Gasol said afterward that his game is built around his defense.

"I always think that the defense should give you a lot of confidence on offense," Gasol said. "It's hard for me to just come out and just play offense, shoot and don't play defense. I don't get confidence like that."

Biedrins had 16 points and 22 rebounds for Golden State. Stephen Jackson finished with 17 points and Corey Maggette scored 13 despite sitting out the second quarter with an injury.

Biedrins has 11 straight double-doubles dating to last season for the longest current streak in the league. It was also his second game with 20-plus rebounds in his career.

Memphis closed the third quarter with a 13-2 run and carried a 73-67 lead into the fourth. Mayo's fast-break dunk capped a 7-0 surge and extended the lead to 86-75 in the final period. The Warriors managed only 12 points in the fourth, and Memphis is holding opponents to an average of 85.3 points a game.

"We didn't do much to help ourselves," Golden State coach Don Nelson said. "They were solid defensively. ...They play hard, they play 48 minutes. We really weren't up to the task."

Gay scored 14 points and Mayo added 13 for Memphis. Kelenna Azubuike scored 10 for the Warriors, who shot 34 percent from the field.

"I think this was one of those games where we were getting a lot of open shots," Warriors rookie guard DeMarcus Nelson said. "They were the same shots we've been getting, but tonight we just didn't convert and complete a high percentage of them."

Memphis, which led by as many as nine in the first half, carried a 49-45 advantage into the break. Gasol had 20 points and nine boards at halftime.

Despite Gasol's big first half, the Warriors stayed close and erased the Memphis lead with nine unanswered points midway through the third. Nelson had the final two baskets in the run.

Memphis got out of its offense, playing one-on-one and taking ill-advised shots late in the shot clock. But in the fourth, Memphis turned up the defense, the Warriors began missing shots and the Grizzlies pulled away.

"I really think all five guys are working together, talking, moving together as one team and just taking a lot of pride in our defense," Mayo said. "We've put together two home wins, and that's pretty good for us."

Game notes


Maggette, the Warriors' second-leading scorer, went to the locker room late in the first quarter with a mild left hamstring strain. He returned at the start of the second half. ... Warriors forward Rob Kurz, signed by the team Sunday, dressed for his first game. The 6-foot-9 rookie out of Notre Dame appeared in four preseason games for Golden State, averaging 4.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists. The team waived him Oct. 27. To make room for Kurz, the Warriors moved guard Monta Ellis to the suspended list. ... The Warriors are the youngest team in the league with an average age of 24 years and 71 days on opening day and one of the few teams in the league with more rookies (five) than the Grizzlies (four). However, the Grizzlies have started three of their rookies (Gasol, Mayo and Darrell Arthur) most of the season, while only Nelson is getting significant playing time for the Warriors' first-year players.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
GS
MEM
Points 79 90
FGM-FGA 33-96 (.344) 36-78 (.462)
3PM-3PA 3-20 (.150) 4-9 (.444)
FTM-FTA 10-14 (.714) 14-21 (.667)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 17-48 11-47
Assists 15 22
Turnovers 12 18
Steals 7 7
Blocks 4 5
Fast Break Points 13 18
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (0/1) 15 (3/0)
Largest Lead 5 14

Top Performers

Golden State
Memphis
Andris Biedrins Biedrins
Points: 16
Reb: 22
Ast: 1
Stl: 1
Blk: 0
Marc Gasol Gasol
Points: 27
Reb: 16
Ast: 1
Stl: 1
Blk: 3