Warriors shoot 63.1% in visiting Grizzlies Game 3 burst
STEPHEN Curry, Jordan Poole and Klay Thompson combined for 78 points, and the Golden State Warriors mounted an offensive masterpiece for a 142-112 victory over the visiting Memphis Grizzlies Saturday night in San Francisco.
The Warriors take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference Semifinals series.
Mr. Curry had a team-high 30 points, Poole 27 off the bench and Mr. Thompson 21 in his most productive effort of the series, helping Golden State earn the first one-sided win in the best-of-seven series. .
Game 4 is scheduled for Monday night, also in San Francisco.
After a 47-point outburst in Game 2, Ja Morant once again led all scorers with 34 points before taking the game’s final 6:19 to have his right knee examined.
Mr Morant suffered the injury seconds earlier when it emerged he had come into contact with Mr Poole’s knees. The Memphis star played for about a minute longer, but with his team down 17 points, Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins fired Mr. Morant and sent him straight to the locker room.
M. Morant and Jaren Jackson, Jr. combined four of Memphis’ five 3-pointers in the first five minutes of the game as the Grizzlies took an 18-8 lead.
The Grizzlies led by no less than 13 before Golden State dominated the final 42 minutes of the game, shooting 63.1 percent overall and 53.1 percent on 3-point range.
Mr. Curry shot 7-for-14, Mr. Poole 11-for-17 and Mr. Thompson 8-for-13 for Golden State. Almost half of Curry’s scoring came on a 14-for-14 performance from the free throw line.
One night when he ran into Paul Pierce and Kevin McHale to move into 21st place on the NBA’s all-time playoff scorers list, Mr. Curry topped 30 points for the fourth time in this playoffs and 44and time in his career.
Mr. Thompson was Golden State’s leading shooter from beyond the arc, with 4 for 6. Mr. Thompson also found time for a record nine rebounds, while Draymond Green contributed with five points, five rebounds and eight assists.
Jonathan Kuminga, who at 19 became the youngest player in NBA history to start a playoff game, added 18 points for Golden State. Andrew Wiggins (17) and Otto Porter, Jr. (13) gave the hosts six double-digit players.
Mr. Morant finished 13 of 21 from the field and 4 of 7 from 3-point range for the Grizzlies, who shot 43.5% overall and 37.2% from 3-point range. He also had team highs in assists with seven and steals with three.
Desmond Bane had his best game of the series with 16 points for the Grizzlies, while Jackson had 15 and De’Anthony Melton had 12. — Reuters