Memphis used the 27-9 advantage in the period to build a 20-point halftime lead and coast to a 100-75 win over the Warriors on Tuesday night.
"In the second quarter, obviously, we just completely lost our momentum," Golden State coach Mike Montgomery said. "We quit sharing the ball and [started] taking early shots. As a result of that, nothing went down.
"We got in a real hole, and we couldn't get ourselves out of it."
Chucky Atkins scored 22 points, and Pau Gasol finished with 16 points, seven rebounds and six assists to lead Memphis. Jake Tsakalidis added 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who swept the three-game season series from Golden State, which dropped its fifth straight.
The win moved the Grizzlies within one-half game of the idle Los Angeles Clippers for the fifth spot in the Western Conference playoff race with seven games left.
"We played a team [Tuesday] that really wasn't sharp in their execution, and if we can do that against the playoff teams, then we'll be a lot more excited," Memphis forward Shane Battier said.
Jason Richardson finished with nine points on 4-for-15 shooting, snapping a string of 87 straight games where he reached double figures.
"I knew if we could somehow take him away from his game or make it tough for him to score, our chances of winning the game were high," said Memphis guard Eddie Jones, who had the primary defensive assignment against Richardson.
Reserve guard Antonio Burks was the only Memphis player to dress
and not score, playing the final two minutes of the game.
Atkins' 14 first-half points helped the Grizzlies to a 49-29
lead at the break. Tsakalidis' three-point play with under a second
remaining in the half gave Memphis its biggest lead of the half.
The Warriors trailed 22-20 after one, but had a horrid second
quarter, missing 16 of 18 shots, contributing to Golden State's 23
percent shooting in the first half. The 11 percent shooting in the
quarter set a Grizzlies franchise mark for lowest field goal
percentage by an opponent in a period. The two field goals matched
the fewest by a Grizzlies' opponent in franchise history.
"Of the nine points, how many layups did we have? How many
at-the-baskets did we have? We missed four free throws in a row.
Just stuff like that," Montgomery said. "It's where it gets in
our heads a little bit, and we just kind of stumble."
Richardson was limited to two points, connecting on only one of
his 10 field goal attempts in the half.
The nine points were the lowest second period of the season for
the Warriors, and the 29 points was the worst scoring half.
Memphis would maintain the advantage through the third period,
extending it to as many as 21 before leading 75-55 after three.
"The key was to play tough defense on them," Jones said. "We
know they're a talented, offensively skilled team. It was all about
protecting the paint, making them shoot contested jump shots and
giving them one chance at the rim."
Warriors G Baron Davis (sprained right ankle) missed his
10th straight game. ...Tsakalidis saw his first action since March
21 (sprained left thumb). He missed six games with the injury. ...
Golden State's nine points in the second period matched its third
quarter against Seattle on Feb. 1 for the Warriors' lowest scoring
quarter of the season. ... With the victory, Memphis coach Mike
Fratello tied Hubie Brown as the winningest coach in Grizzlies
history with 83 wins. "It's nice to know I've lasted that long,"
Fratello said. "And hopefully, we'll be around a lot longer." ...
Memphis has won the last four and nine of 11 over the Warriors; the
win marked the first time the Grizzlies have swept Golden State in