Jackson scores 31 points, Grizzlies give Warriors another road loss

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (AP) — Jaren Jackson Jr. had 31 points and four blocks and the Memphis Grizzlies used a fourth-quarter push to defeat the Golden State Warriors 133-119 on Saturday night.

Desmond Bane added 26 points for Memphis and Dillon Brooks finished with 18 points while shooting 7 of 10, including all of his four 3-point attempts.

Jonathan Kuminga equaled his season high with 24 points and led the Warriors. Jordan Poole had 21 points and Stephen Curry scored 16 but was 5 of 15 off the field. Klay Thompson added 14 points on 6-of-17 shooting, part of the Warriors finishing the night with just 43%.

The Grizzlies were able to end the game, capitalizing on the Warriors’ errors and poor shooting. Golden State was 7 of 21 in the fourth quarter, making just one of their eight 3-point attempts.

While Memphis bested Golden State 29-19 in the final frame, no player reached double digits.

“The ball is moving and several guys are getting opportunities,” Bane said. “Coming down the track when everyone is involved in the game, it’s easy to take a step forward and knock down a big pitch.”

The Warriors faced a 14-point deficit in the third game but made 16 of 19 free throws and a handful of 3-pointers to give Memphis the advantage. Golden State got a couple of possessions early in the fourth game, but Memphis put on a 21-3 run to seal their fourth win in their last five games.

“I think we’ve stopped doing simple plays,” Draymond Green spoke about the Warriors’ fourth-quarter collapse. “We got back into the game by making simple plays. Then you don’t make easy moves and you make a few mistakes.

“We fought hard all night, so it’s difficult to come back further.”

For the Grizzlies, it’s a change from not so long ago when they struggled in the fourth quarter. They’ve been playing better finals games lately.

“It’s really on the defensive side when we execute our game plan,” said Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins. “That’s the biggest thing. Keeping teams at 19 points in the fourth quarter is really huge for us.”

The game was the last of Ja Morant’s suspension imposed by the league. The Grizzlies’ all-star guard was suspended for eight games for displaying a gun at a Colorado strip club in the early hours of March 4. While Morant is eligible to return to the team for Monday’s game against Dallas, he is not expected to play to give him time to get back into shape after two weeks without basketball.

“We’ll see when he returns to the team environment on Monday,” Jenkins said. “But we assume that he will be out at least on Monday. We’ll cross the bridge (relative to Wednesday vs. Houston) as we get closer.

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