SAN FRANCISCO — Stephen Curry scored 30 issues, Klay Thompson had 21 and 9 rebounds and the Golden State Warriors close down Ja Morant’s supporting solid to embarrass the Memphis Grizzlies 142-112 on Saturday evening for a 2-1 lead within the Western Convention semifinals.
Morant’s 3 simply sooner than the halftime buzzer were given the Grizzlies to 64-57 on the damage and gave him 17 of his 34 issues after a 47-point efficiency in Recreation 2. However Morant couldn’t do it by myself for Memphis, and he was once accomplished after rubbing his comfortable proper knee and limping off with 6:19 to play sooner than heading to the locker room.
Nonetheless stricken by means of Dillon Brooks’ tough foul in Recreation 2 that sidelined Gary Payton II, Draymond Inexperienced and Golden State saved cool from the hole tip — methodically operating away with it. As an alternative, Memphis ahead Kyle Anderson were given ejected with 6:19 left for disagreeing an offensive foul.
Brooks was once suspended for his Flagrant 2 foul within the first quarter Tuesday when he pounded the pinnacle of a riding Payton, who landed awkwardly and fractured his left elbow.
He’s going to be sidelined indefinitely, additionally with ligament and muscle harm.
Trainer Steve Kerr stated the play was once “dirty” and broke an NBA “code” injuring any person and dangerous his occupation, whilst Memphis trainer Taylor Jenkins and his Grizzlies avid gamers defended their hard-nosed taste as no longer grimy in any respect.
Brooks might be again for Recreation 4 on Monday evening at Chase Middle, the place the raucous sellout crowd integrated two girls keeping indicators of Payton’s face insisting the Warriors “Win it for Gary.”
Golden State did so with a balanced assault and effort on each ends after Inexperienced known as for the offense to do extra to higher the protection.
Jordan Poole scored 27 issues off the bench and Andrew Wiggins added 17 issues for Golden State, which used a 10-0 run out of halftime to take command for just right.
Rookie Jonathan Kuminga equipped a spark beginning in Payton’s position, whilst Ziare Williams was once in for Brooks.
Curry neglected his preliminary two pictures then scored his first issues of the sport by means of making a large 3 with 0.9 left within the first because the Warriors trailed 28-26.
Morant hit a 31-foot 3-pointer halfway in the course of the first and Williams dunked in a while after for a 21-8 lead and Memphis made 6 of 9 pictures to begin the sport. However the Grizzlies went chilly and made most effective 3 of the following 12 and watched the Warriors shut the quarter with an 18-7 burst.