Curry and Warriors rally Grizzlies 101-98 for 3-1 lead

SAN FRANCISCO – Their coach was sidelined again as has happened many times before, even during the playoffs Stephen Curry took charge and brought the Golden State Warriors back.

Mike Brown has grabbed the clipboard as interim head coach, just as he did in a title run five years ago with Steve Kerr out.

Curry converted eight free throws in the final 45.7 seconds on his way to 32 points, igniting the Warriors on their way to a 101-98 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night and a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference semifinals. .

Curry also dished out eight assists as Golden State rallied to win without Kerr after testing positive for COVID-19 less than two hours before the whistleblower.

“Obviously there are butterflies because again you come into the game with a certain mindset and it’s a big game. Every game we play at this stage of the year is huge,” said Brown, who agreed on Sunday to become the Sacramento Kings’ new coach after this playoff series.

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“So to have that kind of throw on you, you have to shift gears because I know what my responsibilities are as Mike Brown the assistant coach, and that shifts.”

But Brown has done it before. He led the Warriors to an 11-0 record in the 2017 title chase when Kerr suffered from debilitating symptoms due to complications from back surgery two years earlier.

“I think his head coaching record for a Warriors playoff game is unbeaten,” Klay Thompson said. got a lot of wins, so I thought about that a lot.”

Curry took charge and now his Warriors are one win away from a trip to the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 2019. He tied it at 90 on a base jumper with 3:25 left and his two pitches franks with 45.7 seconds left gave the Warriors a 94-93 lead, their first of the night.

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Golden State scored 39 points in the fourth, topping their 38 for the entire first half.

“We didn’t get it, it was just not letting the first three quarters influence that we still had a chance to win the game,” Curry said. “Take the shots you think you can, play aggressively, take care of the ball. We have done all of these things.

Tyus Jones had 19 points, six rebounds and five assists as Memphis missed injured All-Star Ja Morant. Dillon Brooks returned from a one-game suspension and struggled mightily, missing a 3-point try with 53 seconds left and going 5-for-19 with 12 points, eight assists and five rebounds.

” It’s difficult. It’s a hard pill to swallow. It felt like we were leading the whole game,” Jones said. “It felt like we were in a good position. It was like we had put ourselves in a good position to win a baseball game and things just didn’t go in the right direction. .”

Andrew Wiggins had 17 points and 10 rebounds and Thompson had 14 points despite missing all seven of his 3-point attempts for the cold-shooting Warriors, who didn’t have to face Morant this time. The Grizzlies guard missed the game with pain in his right knee after Jordan Poole caught him as he attempted a loose ball late in Game 3 – leading Morant and Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins, to question Poole’s intentions.

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It was still unclear if Morant would be back for Game 5 on Wednesday in Memphis.

Brooks missed Game 3 as a league penalty for his flagrant foul 2 that injured Gary Payton II in Game 2, when Brooks hit the Golden State guard over the head in an attempt to lay-up at the wheel and Payton fell hard and broke his left elbow. Kerr called it a “dirty” play and said Brooks violated an NBA code of conduct.

Brooks was booed almost every time he touched the ball, fouls or comes back into the game.

“He forced a couple. Trying to get his groove back,” Jenkins said. “Obviously he’s been out for a few days. But when he was playing hard under control, I loved the game he had.

Golden State trailed 69-62 early in the fourth quarter after Desmond Bane’s 32-foot pointer beat the third quarter buzzer. However, both teams struggled all night to make their 3s.

Poole scored 14 goals off the bench for the Warriors as they survived a nail biter after a playoff-record points total in the Game 3 blowout of 142-112 on Saturday.

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GREEN IN PAIN

Green’s former Michigan State teammate Adreian Payne was killed in a shooting in Florida earlier in the day. Green did not discuss gambling but committed $100,000 to establish a fund in Payne’s honor.

“It was an emotional day,” Thompson said. “Prayer to Adreian’s family and Draymond, I know they played together. It’s just a terrible loss of life. His legacy will live on, it’s just a sad day.”

CURRY’S SHOTS

tree curry pair of orange Curry 9 Flow sneakers special edition with colorful decorations to honor the late TNT broadcaster Craig Sager and his impact on the NBA.

Curry will autograph the shoes at auction on Wednesday on the NBA Auction Site all proceeds being donated to the SagerStrong Foundation. The two-time MVP changed to lavender-colored shoes during the second half.

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“Shock the system a bit,” he said of the switch.

TIPS

Grizzlies: C Steven Adams, who returned from health and safety protocols to play six minutes in the dying moments of Saturday’s blowout, started and contributed 10 points and 15 rebounds as Memphis did a better job in remaining with the Warriors on the boards – went over 54 -48. … The Grizzlies were 9 of 35 on 3s.

Warriors: The Warriors committed 11 turnovers in the first half and 16 in total. … Golden State started 0 for 15 from deep before Otto Porter Jr. connected 3:24 before halftime. Curry missed his first five 3s before becoming the first player in NBA history to make 500 playoff 3s when he connected 46.2 seconds before halftime. … The Warriors were the first team to go 0 of 15 from long range to start a game since the 2011 Thunder were 0 of 16 against Dallas in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals, according to Elias. … The Warriors did not have any immediate additional positive COVID tests, the team said.

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