Warriors rally late to beat Grizzlies in Game 4

SAN FRANCISCO — Stephen Curry converted eight free throws in the final 45.7 seconds en route to 32 points and led the Golden State Warriors comeback in the fourth quarter to a 101-98 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night and a 3-1 -Lead on in the semifinals of the Western Conference.

Curry also dished out eight assists and snatched five rebounds as Golden State headed for the win without coach Steve Kerr after testing positive for COVID-19 less than two hours before the tip.

Curry took command as he has done so many times on the playoff stage, and now for the first time since 2019 his Warriors have a win from a trip to the Western Conference Finals 25-to-go and his two 45.7 free throws Seconds to go gave the Warriors a 94-93 lead, their first of the night.

Tyus Jones had 19 points, six rebounds and five assists when Memphis missed injured All-Star Ja Morant. Dillon Brooks was returning from a one-game suspension and fighting mightily, missing a 3-point attempt by 53 seconds and finishing 5 for 19 with 12 points, eight assists and five rebounds.

Draymond Green (left) and Stephen Curry (right) celebrate the Warriors' Game 4 victory over the Grizzlies.
Draymond Green (left) and Stephen Curry (right) celebrate the Warriors’ Game 4 victory over the Grizzlies.
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Stephen Curry dribbles
Stephen Curry dribbles in the Warriors’ win over the Grizzlies.
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Andrew Wiggins had 17 points and 10 rebounds and Klay Thompson had 14 points despite missing all seven of his 3-point attempts for the cold-shooting Warriors, who didn’t have to deal with Morant this time. The Grizzlies guard missed the game with right knee pain after Jordan Poole grabbed him while looking for a loose ball late in Game 3 – prompting Morant and Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins to question Poole’s intentions.

It was unclear if Morant would be back for Game 5 in Memphis on Wednesday.

Brooks sat Game 3 as a league penalty for his Flagrant 2 foul that injured Gary Payton II in Game 2 when Brooks hit the golden state guard over the head on a driving attempt and Payton fell badly and fractured his left elbow. Kerr called it a “dirty” game and said Brooks violated an NBA code of conduct.

Stephen Curry
Stephen Curry finished the game with a game-high 32 points.
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Brooks was booed almost every time he touched the ball, was fouled, or checked back into the game.

Golden State went into the fourth quarter 69-62 after Desmond Bane’s 32-foot-3 pointer defeated the third-quarter buzzer. However, both teams struggled all night to make their 3s.

Kerr was replaced by assistant head coach Mike Brown, who on Sunday agreed to become the new coach of the Sacramento Kings after that postseason run.

Poole scored 14 off the bench for the Warriors as they survived a nail biter after they set a points record 142-112 in Game 3 on Saturday. Warriors rally late to beat Grizzlies in Game 4


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