SAN FRANCISCO – Stephen Curry made eight free throws in the last 45.7 seconds and scored 32 points, bringing the Golden State Warriors back to the fourth quarter, beating the Memphis Grizzlies 101-98 Monday night and leading 3- 1 in the match. Western Conference Semifinals.
Curry also gave up eight assists and made five rebounds when Golden State rallied to win without coach Steve Kerr after he gave a positive result at COVID-19 less than two hours before the hit.
Curry has taken control just as he has many times in the playoffs, and now his “Warriors” is one victory from a trip to the Western Conference Finals, for the first time since 2019. He tied 90 on the jump from the baseline with 3:25 to the end and two of his free throws 45.7 seconds to the end gave the Warriors a 94-93 lead, their first of the evening.
Thius Jones scored 19 points, six rebounds and five assists when Memphis missed the injured Ja Maranto at the All-Star Game. Dylan Brooks returned from disqualification for one game and struggled hard, missing a 3-point attempt 53 seconds before the end and finishing 5 of 19 with 12 points, 8 assists and 5 rebounds.
Andrew Wiggins scored 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Clay Thompson scored 14 points, despite missing all seven of his three-pointer attempts at the Warriors with a cold shot, which this time did not have to fight Marant. The Grizzly guard missed the game due to pain in his right knee after Jordan Poole grabbed him when he hit the ball at the end of the third game, forcing Maranta and Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins to question Poole’s intentions.
It was unclear whether Morant would return to Game 5 on Wednesday in Memphis.
Brooks missed the 3rd game as a league penalty for his foul in the 2nd game that injured Gary Payton II in the 2nd game when Brooks hit a Golden State guard on the head while trying to fall behind and Payton fell hard and broke his left elbow. Kerr called it a “dirty” game and said Brooks had violated the NBA’s code of conduct.
Brooks was whistled almost every time he touched the ball, fouled or when he returned to the game.
Golden State trailed 69-62 in the fourth quarter after 32-foot three-pointer Desmond Bane won in the third quarter. However, both teams fought all night to make their threes.
Kerr has been replaced by assistant head coach Mike Brown, who agreed on Sunday to become the new Sacramento Kings coach after this post-season launch.
Poole scored 14 points on the bench for the Warriors as they survived nail biting after a record amount of points in Saturday’s 3rd game 142-112.
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Curry was having fun a special pair of orange Curry 9 Flow sneakers with colorful decorations in honor of the late TNT broadcaster Craig Seiger and his influence on the NBA.
Curry will give an autograph on the shoes at auction on Wednesday on the NBA’s auction site, and all proceeds will go to the SagerStrong Foundation. The two-time MVP in the second half was replaced by lavender-colored sneakers.
Grizzlies: C Stephen Adams, who returned from health and safety protocols to play six minutes into the next moments of Saturday’s blast, started and scored 10 points and 15 rebounds when Memphis did a better job, staying with the Warriors on the boards – ahead of 54 -48. … The grizzlies were 9 out of 35 on 3.
Warriors: The Warriors made 11 turnovers in the first half and 16 in total. … Golden State started 0 to 15 from depth before Otto Porter Jr. connected 3:24 for the break. Thompson missed all seven of his threes and Curry missed his top five before becoming the first player in NBA history to make 500 post-season three-pointers when he hooked up 46.2 seconds before the break. … The Warriors were the first team to come out of the long distance 0 of 15 to start the game, as Thunder 2011 was 0 to 16 against Dallas in the 3rd game of the Western Conference Finals, according to Elias. … The Warriors did not have immediate additional positive tests for COVID, the team said.
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