Friday NBA Roundup: Third-Quarter Dominance Separating Warriors out West

March 27th, 2015 by Josh Martin Leave a reply »

Like Eminem searching for the real Slim Shady, the Golden State Warriors are still waiting for a Western Conference challenger to please stand up.

The Memphis Grizzlies looked like they might be ready to rise to their feet and contest Golden State's season-long claim to the throne atop the NBA's tougher half—maybe not in the standings, where the Warriors owned an eight-and-a-half-game advantage coming into Friday, but certainly on the court.

Through two quarters, that seemed to be the case. Memphis went into the locker room within five points of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Co. The Grizzlies actually outshot the Warriors in the first half (47.6 percent to 46.5 percent), thanks in part to Mike Conley nailing seven of nine from the floor for his 16 points.

Then the Dubs did to the Grizzlies what they've done to the rest of the league all year: They mopped the floor with them in the third quarter. Curry erupted for 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting (4-of-6 from three), Golden State held Memphis to just 16 points in the frame, and the Warriors went into the fourth quarter with a 20-point advantage on the way to a 107-84 w ...

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