The Grizzlies destroy the Warriors in Game 5 and avoid elimination

Jaren Jackson Jr., Desmond Bane Y Tyus Jones each scored 21 points, and the memphis grizzlies routed the golden state warriors 134-95 on Wednesday night to avoid elimination and force a Game 6 in the Western Conference semifinal.

Dillon Brooks added 12 points for Memphis. Ziaire Williams and Brandon Clarke each had 11, and De’Anthony Melton scored 10. Steven Adams had 13 rebounds, six offensive.

The Grizzlies were never far behind, posting their best performance of this series to go 3-2, even with All-Star guard Ja Morant sidelined for the second straight game with a bone bruise in his right knee. They improved to 4-11 when facing elimination.

Memphis scored 77 points in the first half, the most in franchise postseason history. The Grizzlies increased their lead to 55 in the third quarter, threatening the three biggest postseason blowouts in NBA history. His 52-point lead after three tied for the most in a playoff game in the past 70 years.

When Memphis fans chanted “Woop That Trick! Woop That Trick!” early in the fourth, Stephen Curry laughed on court laughing as Draymond Green swung a towel in unison with the crowd.

Game 6 is Friday night in San Francisco, where the Warriors have won five straight playoff games and the last seven overall.

Klay Thompson led Golden State with 19 points, Jonathan Kuminga added 17, Curry had 14 and Damion Lee and Moses Moody each had 10.

The Warriors lost for the first time with assistant Mike Brown replacing coach Steve Kerr, who missed his second straight game since testing positive for COVID-19 before Game 4.

The Grizzlies got back to doing the things that helped post the second-best record during the regular season. They outrebounded Golden State and dominated the offensive boards. They forced a lot of turnovers and had their best production off the bench this series.

Golden State, thanks to Jordan Poole coming off the bench, had outscored Memphis’ reserves in each of the first four games. Facing elimination, the Grizzlies led 28-8 through the first two quarters and finished with a 52-35 margin.

Memphis led 38-28 late in the first quarter and continued a 24-8 run in the second quarter to go up 53-36. They finished the second on a 20-4 run, including 14 straight, to outscoot Golden State 39-22 for a 77-50 halftime lead.

The Grizzlies then opened the third quarter by outscoring Golden State 20-6, prompting fans to begin chanting “Whoop That Trick.” Memphis kept pressing, outscoring Golden State 42-17 in the third for a 119-67 lead entering the fourth.

Brown benched most of his starters at 3:44 of the third, and Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins followed him to start the fourth resting for a flight to California and Game 6.

Associated Press report.

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