Warriors fend off Grizzlies to win series behind Thompson and Wiggins

Madeline Kenney, The Mercury News on

Published in Basketball

SAN FRANCISCO – The Chase Center crowd chanted “Whoop that trick! Whoop that trick!” late in the fourth quarter after the Golden State Warriors pulled away with a 11-point lead.

The cheers mocked the Memphis Grizzlies’ unofficial anthem, which Stephen Curry had said was the team’s mentality heading into Game 5, a statement that upset Memphis.

The Grizzlies made their statement in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals Wednesday night, romping the Warriors by 39 points.

But it was Golden State who put the young and athletic Grizzlies in their place Friday night in Game 6, defeating them 110-96.

The Warriors’ win punched their ticket to the Western Conference Finals and ended Memphis’ season.

With under three minutes remaining, Klay Thompson skipped down the court after making a 3-pointer with less than three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter to give the Warriors a 13-point lead before he galloped back to the team huddle, high-fiving every teammate in the process.


The Warriors didn’t look back from there.

“Game 6 Klay” made an appearance Friday night, scoring a team-high 30 points. Curry scored 11 of his 29 points in the final quarter.

The Warriors started Kevon Looney for the first time this series. He replaced Jonathan Kuminga to give Golden State an aggressive rebounder and veteran defender to go up against Grizzlies center Steven Adams. The insertion of Looney created a more lively start to the game for the Warriors after slow starts hindered them in previous games.

They pulled out to an 8-point lead at one point, though the Grizzlies were able to come back. Neither team took a double-digit lead until the Warriors’ pulled ahead late in the fourth quarter.


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