NBA Game Summary - Memphis at Golden State
(Saturday, March 15th)
Final Score: Golden State 110, Memphis 107
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Baron Davis scored all 19 of his points in the second half as the Golden State Warriors held off a late charge from the Memphis Grizzlies for a 110-107 win at Oracle Arena.
Davis added seven assists, and Stephen Jackson contributed 21 points and six assists as the Warriors won for the eighth time in ten games. Monta Ellis added 17 points, while Mickael Pietrus finished with 12 points and eight rebounds
With the win, Golden State increased its lead to two games over idle Denver for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
"We have to play with a lot more energy," Davis said. "It was one of those games where we were just cruising and luckily we ran out of time. If the game would have kept going it could have turned out ugly for us."
Hakim Warrick posted 23 points and seven boards to pace the Grizzlies, losers of four straight and 13 of 14. Rudy Gay tallied 20 points and 11 boards, and Juan Carlos Navarro also scored 20.
"It was a good overall effort in the second half, it was pretty spotty in the first half," said Grizzlies coach Marc Iavaroni. "We hot serious about the game in the second half."
After trailing by as many as 17, Memphis began to close the gap early in the fourth, with Mike Miller's three-point play bringing the Grizzlies within 89-81 with nearly eight minutes to play. A pair of free throws from Warrick cut the gap to six, but a three from Davis extended the margin to 94-85 with 6:10 left.
The Grizzlies rattled off the next five points, closing to within four on Brian Cardinal's three with 5:46 remaining. A quick 7-2 burst pushed the Golden State lead to 101-92 on three free throws from Jackson with 3:33 on the clock.
Memphis responded with a 9-1 run, finished off by five straight points from Navarro that finally brought Memphis within one, 102-101, with 1:54 to play.
Davis and Andris Biedrins provided the answer with consecutive baskets, stretching the advantage to 106-101 with 1:01 remaining. Gay's putback layup with 17 ticks on the clock cut the deficit to three, but Jackson pushed the margin back to five with a pair of free throws.
Warrick's dunk with 9.6 seconds left again made it a one possession game, 108-105, then Jackson made 1-of-2 at the free throw line for a four point gap.
Another putback from Warrick cut the deficit to two with 1.5 seconds on the clock. Jackson was fouled with 0.3 seconds left, made the first shot, then missed the second intentionally and held the ball as time expired.
"We fought hard, we never gave up," Gay said. "We have a lot of guys that want to do some good things; they want to score, want to get back on defense, but out effort helped us out alot. Our defensive effort tonight in stretches was pretty good. Baron Davis hit some big shots, and you can't really complain about that."
Miller picked up 19 points, 13 rebounds and six assists in the losing effort.
"There are no bad teams in the NBA," said Warriors coach Don Nelson. "There isn't anybody we can't beat and there isn't anybody that can't beat us on any given night. We didn't look much like an eighth place team tonight, but we would remain there, but we're going to have to play better than we played tonight and I know we will."
Golden State dominated the opening 12 minutes, as Jackson scored 10 points during the frame to lead the Warriors to a 29-17 lead after one quarter.
The Grizzlies never managed to get closer than nine during the second, and Barnes made a pair of three-pointers in the final three minutes of the stanza to push the Warriors to a 54-41 halftime edge.
Golden State led by as many as 17 early in the third quarter, before the Grizzlies finally began to reel the deficit in, closing to 64-57 on Gay's jumper with 5:34 left in the third.
But, the Warriors pulled away once again, scoring 12 of the quarter's final 18 points to hold an 80-66 advantage heading into the final session.
Biedrins added eight points and 12 boards...The Warriors shot 49.4 percent from the field and made 10-of-24 from beyond the arc...Golden State begins a two-game road trip Tuesday in Sacramento...The Grizzlies finished a winless three-game road swing. They return home Monday to face the Charlotte Bobcats.
03/16 02:13:25 ET