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Warriors Vs. Grizzlies score, highlights: Golden State's trademark run shows that could help come playoff time

OAKLAND, Calif. – The Golden State Warriors Have not had to use their trademark third-quarter runs very often this season – they've just done so be.

After an even first helped, Golden State blitzed the Memphis Grizzlies in the third quarter at 117-101 win at Oracle Arena. The Warriors hero Grizzlies All-Stars Marc Gasol and Mike Conley to just 17 combined points, though Gasol did nearly a triple-double with eight points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. And that defensive effort was mostly without Draymond Green, who did not return for the second half after a contusion early in the game.

Here are some takeaways from the game.

Slow and steady

The Grizzlies came into Monday's matchup with the Warriors at the second-slowest pace in the NBA, and before the JB Bickerstaff struck. In the first, they helped to get their goal, to push the ball up and to play a deliberate game, with a lot of two-man games, dribble hand-offs and post-ups. They saved the warriors with 58 first-half points, received accomplishment Golden State came into the game averaging 74 points in the first half over their past three games. The grizzlies had executed their game plan pretty well. But then …

Same script, different players

19-point lead going into the fourth quarter. Of course Kevin Durant and Steph Curry were heavily involved, but reserve big man Kevon Looney what hero of the run, getting offensive rebounds and finishing repeatedly in traffic. He finished the game with nine points and nine rebounds, doing most of his damage in the third quarter.

Alfonzo McKinnie buried a corner 3-pointer from almost behind the basket, causing Oracle to erupt.

He continued thrilling the crowd with stellar defensive plays and a breakaway dunk in the fourth quarter, and he finished the game with 14 points on 2 of 3 3-pointers, to go along with three assists. Steve Kerr has talked about the energy that the young players have brought to this season's version of the Warriors, and what's on display Monday night.

Klay day

Well, he did not set NBA record for 3-pointers, but it was clear from the start of the game that Klay Thompson was feeling it. After the Warriors' third-quarter run, Thompson takes over the Curry and Durant on the bench, and the process begins. Thompson finished with a game-high 27 points on 11-of-21 shooting from the field, including 3-for-7 from 3-point range.

Grit N 'Grind back in the playoffs?

Tony Allen or Zach Randolph on the court, but the Grizzlies look the part of a Western Conference playoff contender. They'll do the same with the team they're looking for, but Conley and Gasol wants to give them plenty of wins this season, provided they can stay healthy. Bickerstaff called the duo a steadying force on a team that has a lot of new parts and said Conley's leadership skills make his job much easier. Jaren Jackson Jr. is already contributing to his relatively rough set, and the veteran supporting cast is chocked full of role players. It's crowded out west, but it would be foolish to count the grizzly out.


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