Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/12

Game 1: Monday, November 12th
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Grizzlies79
Game 2: Saturday, December 15th
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Warriors93
Game 3: Wednesday, January 23rd
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Warriors107
Game 4: Saturday, March 30th
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Grizzlies105

Warriors 93

(9-15, 5-6 home)

    Coverage: FSBAY

    7:30 PM ET, December 15, 2001

    ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    MEM 26 16 19 2384
    GS 31 24 23 1593

    Top Performers

    Memphis: S. Swift 16 Pts, 10 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Blk

    Golden State: D. Fortson 17 Pts, 15 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    Warriors sloppy, but manage to snap four-game slide

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Brian Winters' move up the Golden State Warriors' bench resulted in a sloppy, satisfying win for a team that needs any good news it can get.

    Antawn Jamison

    AP

    Antawn Jamison led the Warriors with 20 points Saturday.

    Antawn Jamison scored 20 points as Winters won his debut as Golden State's interim coach, leading the Warriors to a 93-84 victory Saturday night over the Memphis Grizzlies.

    In danger of wasting another season with eight losses in their previous nine games, the Warriors fired Dave Cowens earlier in the day and replaced him with Winters, who coached the Grizzlies during their first two seasons of existence in Vancouver. He went 23-102 with the Grizzlies.

    "When you slide over those 18 inches, the world changes," Winters said. "It feels good."

    Danny Fortson had 17 points and 15 rebounds as Winters presided over a ramshackle victory. All five starters scored in double figures for the Warriors, who had 22 turnovers and blew much of a 19-point lead in the fourth quarter before hanging on to snap their four-game losing streak.

    "We got a little sloppy in the end, but for the most part, guys gave a great effort, and they tried to do the right thing," Winters said. "Is that going to be good enough for most nights? Maybe not. We have a lot of improvement that we have to do."

    Winters largely kept intact the player rotations that dissatisfied so many of the Warriors in the past three weeks, but they won for just the fourth time in 16 games following a 5-3 start. Mookie Blaylock, kicked out of practice on Friday by Cowens, played 16 minutes.

    Golden State broke open a close game with 11 straight points to close the first half. The Warriors expanded their lead to 19 points late in the third quarter, but went scoreless in the first 4 1/2 minutes of the fourth as Memphis pulled within nine.

    "I think a lot of guys were more relaxed," said Larry Hughes, who had 16 points and six assists. "That allowed us to execute and do what we planned to do. (Winters) is calm. He gave us a chance to do what we can do, and that's all he needs to to."

    Jason Williams had 18 points for Memphis, which lost its fifth in six games.

    Memphis coach Sidney Lowe criticized his team's shot selection without specifically mentioning Williams, who shot 10 of his typically wild 3-pointers.

    "It's definitely some of the same stuff," Lowe said. "They hurt us on the boards again. We didn't shoot the ball well. When we get wide-open shots, we're not making them."

    Shane Battier had 14 points before fouling out in the final minute for Memphis, which committed 16 turnovers and shot just 41 percent. Stromile Swift had 16 points and 10 rebounds in a reserve role as the Grizzlies didn't get clicking on offense until Golden State had a big lead.

    "It's a lot easier when you're down 15-20 points to make shots, because the game pressure's off," Battier said. "We were loose and trying to have a good time, if that makes sense, and we got back in the game."

    Rookie Jason Richardson had 13 points for the Warriors, punctuated by a scintillating alley-oop dunk on a pass from Hughes with 4:03 left.

    "Turnovers are what's killing us," Chris Mills said. "You play a much better team than the Grizzlies, and they'll have a chance to come back and win the game."

    The Warriors' schedule gets a lot tougher in a hurry. They left after the game for Los Angeles, where they'll face the Lakers on Sunday.

    The Grizzlies won the final game of their Vancouver era at the Arena last April, capping Golden State's season-ending 13-game losing streak. The Warriors have won their first two meetings of this season with the Grizzlies.

    Game notes
    The Warriors may be in turmoil, but they haven't lost their sense of humor. Several Golden State players broke into laughter during a miserable, tuneless version of the national anthem by a teen-aged singer. ... Dozens of enthusiastic fans in a corner of the Arena cheered throughout the second half while waving the Spanish flag and signs supporting Grizzlies rookie Pau Gasol, who had 10 points. ... When Williams visited Oakland as a member of the Kings last March, he was fined $15,000 for directing profanities and racial slurs at fans.

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