Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 3)

Series starts 1/3

Game 1: Tuesday, January 3rd
Game 2: Monday, February 13th
Game 3: Tuesday, April 4th

Warriors 75

(30-43, 12-24 away)

Grizzlies 100

(43-32, 27-11 home)

    Coverage: FSS

    7:00 PM ET, April 4, 2006

    FedExForum, Memphis, TN

    1 2 3 4 T
    GS 20 9 26 2075
    MEM 22 27 26 25100

    Top Performers

    GS: D. Fisher 17 Pts, 1 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl

    Mem: C. Atkins 22 Pts, 2 Reb, 5 Ast

    Grizzlies in control throughout in win over Warriors

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A nine-point second quarter ended the Golden State Warriors' chances against the Memphis Grizzlies.

    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.

    Derek Fisher scored 17 points and Troy Murphy added 13 and 10 rebounds for Golden State, which benched its starters with about nine minutes left in the game.

    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."

    Game notes

    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 franchise history.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 75 100
    FGM-FGA 26-76 (.342) 35-78 (.449)
    3PM-3PA 5-19 (.263) 9-21 (.429)
    FTM-FTA 18-25 (.720) 21-29 (.724)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-44 13-46
    Assists 12 22
    Turnovers 17 12
    Steals 6 8
    Blocks 2 6
    Fast Break Points 14 12
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (1/0) 22 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 4 25

    Top Performers

    Golden State
    Derek Fisher Fisher
    Points: 17
    Reb: 1
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Chucky Atkins Atkins
    Points: 22
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0