Winning in the NBA is tough and winning on the road against quality competition is even tougher. So excuse the Memphis Grizzlies if they are especially proud of their 94-87 win over the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night.
The Grizzlies’ win, paired with wins over Sacramento and Phoenix this week, saw Memphis go 3-0 on a crucial road trip after an up-and-down jaunt that saw them lose four out of six games, and games that they could have won as well.
The first two legs of the road trip were also games that the Grizzlies expected to win, but Wednesday’s game was different. As we discussed yesterday, Golden State has been hanging around in the playoff hunt and saw a home game against the Grizzlies as an opportunity to build on the message that they sent to the league with their big win over the Clippers last week.
Instead, the Grizzlies’ grit n’ grind act interrupted the Warriors’ best-laid plans.
Per usual, the man in the middle of the destruction was Zach Randolph. Z-bo had 19 points to go with his 12 rebounds on a night in which both marks led the team. He also showed off his inner-Scottie Pippen by posting two steals as well. Randolph shot an impressive 8-13 from the field as he took the battle to David Lee all night long.
In addition to his steals, Randolph and Marc Gasol harassed Lee into a 6-14 shooting night. That isn’t all that bad until you consider that he shoots 53% from the field on the season. Lee also picked up four fouls in 41 minutes.
Every Grizzlies starter scored in double digits and Rudy Gay even seemed interested in the proceedings as he ended up with 18 point, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists.
Maybe the biggest disappointment of the night was noted long-range specialist Darrell Arthur not hitting a three-pointer and not attempting one.
The Grizzlies come home for one game, but what a game it is. Memphis hosts the first-place San Antonio Spurs at The Grindhouse as they try to dig into the Spurs’ stranglehold on the top spot in the Southwest Division.