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Grizzlies beat Warriors 94-87 to complete 3-0 trip

AP Sports Writer

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Mark Jackson figured his Golden State
Warriors could be in for a tough night, calling the Memphis
Grizzlies "the best frontline in basketball" hours before

At this point, the Warriors coach should know.

Zach Randolph, Rudy Gay and Marc Gasol had their way inside on
both ends of the court to help the Grizzlies complete a 3-0 road
trip with a 94-87 victory over the Warriors on Wednesday night.
Memphis, which has won eight straight against Golden State,
outscored the Warriors 60-34 in the paint.

"Those are our horses," said Grizzlies guard Tony Allen, who had
10 points and four rebounds off the bench. "We ride those guys."

Randolph finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds, Gay scored 18
points and Gasol added 12 points and nine rebounds as Memphis
made its quick West Coast swing more memorable. The Grizzlies
(23-10) also won at Phoenix on Sunday and at Sacramento on
Monday, building a 1 1/2-game lead over Golden State (22-12) for
fourth place in the Western Conference.

"We needed this," said Gay, who also had six assists and five
rebounds. "We've been going through some ups and downs and had
some lapses, some kind of lapse games. We lost a couple at home.
We had to come out here for ourselves to get three out of

Consider it done.

Stephen Curry scored 24 points and Klay Thompson had 20 points,
seven rebounds and seven assists as the Warriors lost
back-to-back games for only the second time this season.

After falling behind by five late in the fourth quarter, Curry
made a pull-up 3-pointer and Thompson drew a fast-break foul to
set up the tying free throws. Gasol answered with a reverse
layup under heavy pressure, pumping his fist in celebration to
give the Grizzlies the lead again.

In the end, though, defense sent Memphis home a winner.

Mike Conley stole David Lee's pass before getting fouled and
making both free throws. On the next possession, Jerryd Bayless
blocked Jarrett Jack's shot and that led to a layup for Conley
that gave the Grizzlies an 88-82 lead with 1:51 remaining.

Lee followed with a jumper, but Gay answered back with an
18-footer. Curry's 3-pointer brought the Warriors within three
for a moment before Randolph made two free throws to finish off
Golden State with 13.2 seconds left.

"You play them, you're going to get better," Jackson said. "They
execute you to death and playing them is going to force you to
get better."

The Warriors were coming off their most lopsided loss of the
season, 115-89 at the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night.
They fell to 9-2 after a loss this season.

The length of Randolph, Gay and Gasol gave Golden State fits on
both ends of the floor.

Memphis took advantage of several second-chance opportunities
and started to pull away behind its big men in the second
quarter. On one play, Randolph grabbed two straight offensive
rebounds - with Lee falling to the floor - before he finished a
layup through a crowd of defenders to highlight a 16-2 run to
put the Grizzlies up 45-32.

Two late 3-pointers and a reverse layup by Curry eased a
horrible defensive half for the Warriors some. After shooting 54
percent from the floor and going ahead by 14 points, Memphis
only led 55-46 at the break.

Golden State mixed in some matchup zones and held the Grizzlies
to 5 for 18 shooting in the third quarter, getting a spark from
Thompson's two 3s and Jack's aggressiveness off the bench. Jack
got Allen in the air on a pump-fake and made a long jumper while
getting fouled to start a three-point play, and Curry swished
another from the perimeter to tie the game at 74 midway through
the fourth.

Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins sent his frontline back in the
game and the trio overwhelmed the Warriors when it mattered

"That's the strength of their team, is grinding in the paint and
offensive rebounding," Lee said. "It's disappointing, because
that's been one of our strengths throughout the season, and
we've just got to come back and do a better job of it next

NOTES: Warriors C Andrew Bogut did some light shooting and
jogging before the game. He has not played since Nov. 7 while he
recovers from the lingering effects of microfracture surgery on
his left ankle. ... Grizzlies G Josh Selby was not with the team
for personal reasons. ... Memphis also beat the Warriors 104-94
in Golden State's home opener Nov. 2. ... Memphis hosts San
Antonio on Friday, while the Warriors welcome Portland.

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