Instant Analysis: Curry, Durant ejected vs Grizzlies as Warriors fall to 1-2
Slow start for the champs
Maybe it’s the preseason travel. Maybe it’s the conditioning. Maybe it’s both, for surely the Warriors were outshot, outsmarted, outhustled and outplayed.
The result was a 111-101 loss Saturday night to the Grizzlies at FedEx Forum in Memphis that leaves the Warriors with a 1-2 record for the first time since 2009.
Stephen Curry scored a game-high 37 points, Kevin Durant put in 29 and Klay Thompson 14 as the Warriors shot 39.3 percent to 46.8 percent for the Grizzlies.
Any chance of a late comeback by the Warriors died when both Curry and Durant were ejected inside the final minute for vociferously arguing a non-call.
Center Marc Gasol led Memphis (2-0) with 34 points and 14 rebounds.
On a night when no member of the Warriors truly shined, Durant came closest to acquitting himself.
Durant’s line: 29 points (11-of-24 shooting from the field, 4-of-9 from deep, 3-of-6 from the line), 13 rebounds, three assists and three blocks. He played 40 minutes and finished minus-2 for the game.
After the Warriors closed to within three, 59-56, on a Thompson layup with 10:26 left in the third quarter, the Grizzlies went on a 15-0 run, taking a 74-56 lead with 6:32 left in the quarter.
The Warriors got no closer than eight over final 18 minutes.
Warriors: F Omri Casspi (L ankle sprain) was listed as out prior to tipoff. G Quinn Cook was activated, while C Damian Jones and F Kevon Looney were healthy inactives.
Grizzlies: F JaMychal Green (L ankle sprain), G Ben McLemore (R foot surgery) and G/F Wayne Selden Jr. (R quad injury) were listed as out.
The Warriors left Memphis immediately after the game and flew to Dallas, where on Monday night they face the Mavericks at American Airlines Center. Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 4:30 p.m. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30.