OAKLAND, Calif. -- Tony Allen realized this West Coast trip
might be a little different for the Memphis Grizzlies as soon as he
boarded the team bus in San Francisco for the short drive across
Not much about the team's demeanor changed when the game
Rudy Gay had 26 points, 12 rebounds and five assists to lead the
Grizzlies to their fifth straight victory, blowing past the Golden
State Warriors 110-92 on Wednesday night.
"Looking at the way these guys were just locked in on the bus,
nobody was really saying too much," said Allen, who had 12 points
and six rebounds. "Wasn't nobody talking about no TV shows that
was on before. Wasn't nobody talking about anything that didn't
have to do with the game, and I kind of noticed that. The focus was
from way before the game, and it carried over."
Did it ever.
Marc Gasol added 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Marreese
Speights scored 18 points to pace the hot-starting and hard-closing
Grizzlies, who sprinted to a 21-4 lead, lost it, then built back a
22-point cushion late. Memphis, which shot 52 percent, has won nine
of its past 10 games and is gaining momentum for the second
straight season after finishing a win short of the Western
Conference finals last year.
"If you want to be a good team, you have to win on the road,"
Gasol said. "You have to come out, execute and be mentally
stronger. We're taking steps forward, baby steps; it's a process."
Golden State took another step backward.
Monta Ellis had 16 points and a hobbled Stephen Curry came off
the bench to score 15 for a Warriors team that just returned home
from a solid 3-3 road trip only to turn in another perplexing
performance. Golden State had 15 turnovers and shot just 44
percent, baffling rookie coach Mark Jackson with the often
"As a coach, you don't want to have to coach energy, effort,
passion," Jackson said. "They outworked us, and the only way we
got back into the game was because, even though we went small, that
group competed and they worked. Just an embarrassing effort for us
The scoring swings started out extreme in this one.
The Grizzlies converted defensive stops into easy baskets,
making 10 of their first 11 shots -- almost all layups, dunks or
inside the paint -- in a swift and stunning burst of offense. Mike
Conley's lob to Gay for a thunderous alley-oop over Dorell Wright
for one of his 12 assists highlighted the 21-4 run in the first
"That lies on our first unit, and me being a captain, I'll take
responsibility," said Warriors forward David Lee, who had 11
points and four rebounds.
The home crowd showered the team with boos, and perhaps the
frustrated fans awakened the Warriors.
Golden State surged back with a 31-14 spurt to even the score at
35 halfway through the second quarter. Curry, with a strained
tendon in his surgically repaired, troublesome right foot still
causing fits, tossed a high-arcing lob to Ellis later in the period
to help the Warriors take a four-point lead.
The Grizzlies slowly started to pull away again in the third
quarter, going ahead 79-66 on Quincy Pondexter's 3-pointer. They
just blew away the Warriors in a frustrating fourth quarter for the
home team, building a 22-point lead that started to rattle Golden
State even more.
Warriors backup guard Nate Robinson and Memphis' O.J. Mayo each
were whistled for a technical foul following a brief scrum. Lee and
Speights were also called for technicals later in the period with
the game out of reach.
The flow of the game reminded Memphis coach Lionel Hollins of
the old Warriors teams led by NBA career wins leader Don Nelson.
"It was always the torture chamber. They would come out, and
there's such huge ebb and flows in the game," Hollins said. "You
play well for a while, then they get hot for a while, then you play
well for a while. You just got to stay with it, stay with it. We
came out in the second half with a great focus and we didn't let up
in the second half like we did in the first half."
NOTES: Grizzlies PF Zach Randolph, out with a torn ligament in
his right knee since Jan. 1, is participating in practice again.
Hollins said Randolph will play again when "he's ready," but it
appears the forward won't return until at least Tuesday when the
Grizzlies return home against the Lakers. ... Dominic McGuire
started in Curry's place for the second straight game. Curry missed
the previous four with the injury.
SVP and Stanford Steve close out the show enjoying some dancing from the Raptors' mascots and a scorpion kick from a Brazilian youth soccer team.
The Heat again had issues with turnovers, and this time the Raptors made them pay, forcing Miami to settle for a 1-1 series tie.
Jonas Valanciunas' big plays were critical for Toronto late in the game as they completed a fourth-quarter comeback and won in overtime over the Heat.