Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 12/17

Game 1: Monday, December 17th
Warriors125Final
Grizzlies117
Game 2: Friday, January 11th
Grizzlies104Final
Warriors116
Game 3: Saturday, March 15th
Grizzlies107Final
Warriors110
Game 4: Friday, April 4th
Warriors117Final
Grizzlies86

Grizzlies 104

(10-26, 4-14 away)

Warriors 116

(21-16, 10-7 home)

    Coverage: TNT

    7:30 PM ET, January 11, 2008

    ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    MEM 25 29 25 25104
    GS 33 34 32 17116

    Top Performers

    Memphis: P. Gasol 43 Pts, 11 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Golden State: B. Davis 20 Pts, 6 Reb, 19 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

    Ellis, Davis key Warriors win despite Gasol's 43-point night

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Monta Ellis heeded advice from his coach and it led to one of his more memorable performances.

    Ellis made his first 11 shots -- most midrange jumpers -- and scored 27 points as the Golden State Warriors beat the Memphis Grizzlies for the fifth straight time, 116-104 on Friday night.

    "Coach thought instead of going to the basket all the time I should get the floater going," Ellis said. "It was dropping from the beginning. I had to stay focused and keep going at it, get everybody involved, keep the pressure on."

    Baron Davis set a career-high with 19 assists and scored 20 points as the Warriors won for the 10th time in their past 13 home games. Stephen Jackson added 22 points and Al Harrington had 19.

    "They had a tough loss last night and we jumped on them early," Warriors coach Don Nelson said. "We were coming off a bad performance and I expected the team to come back and play. For the most part we did. [Davis] was brilliant the whole game. We have to single Baron out; 19 assists and 1 turnover."

    Even Davis seemed impressed at his effort, two days after scoring four points and recording a single assist in a loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.

    "Damn, I'm impressed. I mean, what can I say man?" Davis said. "Coach challenged me to move that ball and I'm trying to make a conscious effort of being more on the ball and let Monta play off the ball, especially early in the game to get him going. I'm just want to be more of a passer, especially on this team."

    Pau Gasol scored a season-high 43 points, one shy of his career best, and had 11 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who lost their third straight and dropped to 4-14 in road contests. Juan Carlos Navarro added 20 points and Hakim Warrick and Rudy Gay each scored 10.

    "We just wished we could have done a better job defensively," said Gasol, who recorded the third highest single-game effort in franchise history. "We know they feel comfortable here and we definitely got in a big hole early."

    The game was never in doubt after the Warriors, who led all the way, opened a 20-point advantage late in the second quarter.

    Gasol and Navarro helped keep it close, combining for 63 points on 25-of-38 shooting (.658) and the Grizzlies drew within 105-99 with 5 minutes left.

    "We survived an extraordinary performance by Gasol," Nelson said. "We didn't have an answer for him. Thank goodness our offense was clicking, the ball movement was good and we had a nice cushion."

    Ellis missed his first shot attempt 3 minutes into the fourth quarter, a short jumper.

    "When he's got that in between jumper going, he's very difficult to guard."

    Bobby Jones, signed by the Grizzlies on Thursday, made his debut with his new team, hitting a pair of free throws in limited playing time. C.J. Watson scored six points in 15 minutes in his Warriors' home debut.

    Davis' 3-pointer in the final seconds of the third quarter sent Golden State into the home stretch with a 99-79 edge.

    Gasol scored 23 of his points in the first half, matching Gay for the most points by a Grizzlies player in a half this season.

    Harrington's long 2-pointer put Golden State up 57-37 with 4:47 left in the second quarter. Gasol re-entered the game for the Grizzlies soon after and scored 10 points the rest of the way as Memphis pulled to 67-54 by halftime.

    The Warriors scored the game's first 10 points and built an 18-point advantage with 4:43 remaining in the first quarter after Ellis hit a 20-foot jumper.

    "We did not come out with energy and you can not compete with this team in this building unless you have all five energized," Memphis coach Marc Iavaroni said. "We didn't wilt but we get on a roller coaster when we make it tough on ourselves."

    The Grizzlies rallied over the next 2 minutes, making eight of their next nine shots, scoring 12 consecutive points to draw within 27-21.

    Game notes


    Warriors rookie G Troy Hudson had surgery to repair his left hip on Thursday and will miss the remainder of the season. ... The Grizzlies won eight of nine games against the Warriors prior to their current losing streak to them. ... Gasol's 43 points were the most scored by a Warriors opponent. ... The Grizzlies have recorded one winning streak of any kind this season. ... Grizzlies G Mike Conley failed to improve on his career high in points for the first time in five games. ... The Warriors' 34 second-quarter points matched a season high.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    MEM
    GS
    Points 104 116
    FGM-FGA 40-88 (.455) 48-93 (.516)
    3PM-3PA 6-20 (.300) 14-32 (.438)
    FTM-FTA 18-27 (.667) 6-8 (.750)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-25 6-16
    Assists 18 33
    Turnovers 17 15
    Steals 6 9
    Blocks 6 9
    Fast Break Points 15 35
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (0/0) 27 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 0 23

    Top Performers

    Memphis
    Golden State
    Pau Gasol Gasol
    Points: 43
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1
    Baron Davis Davis
    Points: 20
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 19
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 2