Monta's 32 points lift Warriors past Clippers 104-97


Monta's 32 points lift Warriors past Clippers 104-97

OAKLAND Ekpe Udoh had a career-high 19 points and eight rebounds in his first start of the season to help the Warriors snap a three-game losing streak. The Warriors, who raised their record to 12-17, play their next six games on the road.Warriors 104, L.A. Clippers 97Player of the game: Monta Ellis had 32 points on 11-for-20 from the field to go along with five rebounds and four assists.Key play: With the Warriors up 100-97 and a minute remaining, Chris Paul was at the top of the circle with Dominic McGuire on him. Paul tried a little shake-and-bake and a little fiddle-faddle but couldnt shake McGuire.Paul eventually raised up from 15 feet, but McGuire was right there to block the shot. The Warriors turned that into two points at the other end and a five-point lead with 54.8 seconds left.Its just a gift, Jackson said of McGuire. What Dom has is a gift. Hell never shoot like Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson or Brandon Rush. Hes a lock-down defender who can guard one through five. Its what he was brought here to do and he does it effectively.Curry quiet: If Stephen Curry isnt the best shooter on the Warriors, hes certainly in the top two. Its curious then why he only took six shots in 33 minutes on Monday night, including zero in the second half.Despite Curry not looking to score, he did have a big assist, finding an open Brandon Rush for a 3-pointer with two minutes remaining that gave the Warriors a 98-97 lead.I thought he picked his spots very effectively, Jackson said of Curry. Didnt force the issue. I thought my backcourt set the tone overall. It was a very good floor game for both guys. There are going to be nights when Steph gets plenty of shots and there are going to be nights when he has to be the point guard out there.Rough third: Warriors coach Mark Jackson has been harping on turnovers for much of the season with his squad. In the third quarter, it was Clippers turnovers that helped the Warriors take a seven-point lead. The Clippers committed seven in the third quarter and 18 for the game leading to 21 Warriors points.Bench missing: Jackson didnt like what he got out of his bench in the first half, playing that group less than usual. Nate Robinson, Klay Thompson and Brandon Rush each played less than seven minutes in the first half and none of them scored.Robinson scored nine points in the second half, though he shot 3-for-8 from the field to do it.Paul early and often: Paul is the kind of point guard who usually lets the game come to him and doesnt look to score until necessary. Well, he got to scoring in a hurry on Monday night, cramming in 20 points in the games first 17 minutes and doing it in efficient fashion.Paul was 5-for-6 from the field, including 3-for-3 from 3-point range, and 5-for-6 from the foul line to start the game.But Paul finished with just 24 points for the night.Udoh for Biedrins: Starting center Andris Biedrins missed Mondays game because of flu-like symptoms, which meant Udoh got his first start of the year.And he didnt disappoint. At least at the offensive end. Udoh played 11 first-quarter minutes and had 10 points in that time.Biedrins has scored in double-figures just one time in an entire game this season, and that was the season-opener on Christmas when he scored 10 points against the Clippers.He was great, absolutely great, Jackson said. Offensively on the block, aggressive shooting the jumper, all over the place defensively, stepping up to the challenge defending Blake Griffin. He gave us a presence.

Gameday: Curry out for payback against Conley, new-look Grizzlies


Gameday: Curry out for payback against Conley, new-look Grizzlies

When the Warriors set foot in FedEx Forum on Saturday, they’ll find a very different atmosphere as well as a barely recognizable team of Memphis Grizzlies.

The Grindhouse is not the same. Zach Randolph and Vince Carter have left the building. So, too, has the “Grindfather” himself, Tony Allen.

So in their only trip to Memphis this season, the Warriors will focus mostly on point guard Mike Conley and center Marc Gasol, the remaining core members of the team that reached the playoffs in each of the last seven seasons.

The Warriors (1-1) will be playing for the second night in a row, while the Grizzlies (1-0) have not played since their season opener Wednesday. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:05 p.m.

Warriors by 8.5

Stephen Curry vs. Mike Conley: Curry has a long memory, and he will remember not only that the Warriors last season lost twice to the Grizzlies but also that Conley’s 27 points and clutch play offset Curry’s 40 points and led Memphis to an overtime win in Oakland. It won’t matter to Curry that the Warriors posted double-digit wins over the Grizzlies in the last two meetings last season. He may want to take over.

Warriors: F Omri Casspi (L ankle sprain) has been ruled out.

Grizzlies: F JaMychal Green (L ankle sprain), G Ben McLemore (R foot surgery) and G/F Wayne Selden Jr. (R quad injury) are listed as out.

The Warriors have won five of the last seven in Memphis and 10 of the last 13 meetings overall.

BREEZE OR WHEEZE: Coach Steve Kerr has expressed some concern about the team’s conditioning level. On the second night of their first back-to-back set -- with the Warriors arriving at the hotel at 2:30 a.m. -- it could provide a glimpse of their progress. Kerr said he would consider resting one or two players. Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala, both coming off injuries, would seem logical candidates.

GEORGIA VS. SPAIN: The Republic of Georgia’s Zaza Pachulia and Spain’s Marc Gasol know each other well, having spent years battling internationally and in the NBA. There will be no surprises, but Pachulia will have to avoid foul trouble to remain a part of his team’s defensive rotation against one of the league’s best big men.

HOT KLAY: Klay Thompson is off to a torrid start, shooting 11-of-18 from beyond the arc through the first two games. And now he won’t have to worry about Allen, who relished in opportunities to defend the Warriors All-Star. Memphis replaced Allen with Andrew Harrison, who is not in the Grindfather’s class as a defender.

Klay Thompson makes pledge to North Bay fire relief efforts


Klay Thompson makes pledge to North Bay fire relief efforts

Klay Thompson is putting his money where his mouth is.

[POOLE: Unprompted remarks about wildfires show Klay isn't who you thought he was]

Shortly before Noon PT on Friday, Klay posted a 30-second video to Twitter to let it be known that he is donating to the North Bay fire relief.

"Hey everyone. As we all know, Northern California has been tragically effected by these wildfires for the past few weeks. 

And I will be pledging $1,000 per point I score for the next three home games. And you can donate as well by clicking on the link below.

We will be donating to the Redwood Credit Union's fire relief efforts. Let's stick together because a lot of loved ones and families have been displaced and lost from these terrible events.

Property has been damanged but we can build this thing back up if we stick together and donate.

Thank you for listening."

The Warriors' next three home games are:

1) October 25 vs Toronto (18.7 points over 11 career games)
2) October 27 vs Washington (18.4 points over 11 career games)
3) October 29 vs Detroit (18.2 points over 11 career games)

Hopefully the Warriors will be able to create a lot of good looks for Klay during that stretch...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller