Loss on coast damages Grizzlies’ hopes

By The Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. – The Memphis Grizzlies didn’t play like a team chasing a postseason spot.
Stephen Curry had 30 points and 11 assists, Reggie Williams scored 23 points, and the Golden State Warriors damaged the Grizzlies’ playoff hopes with a 128-110 victory late Wednesday.
“We feel that every game from here on out we have to come with the purpose that it is a playoff game,” Grizzlies guard Mike Conley said. “We’ve got to win these games to have an opportunity. We let this one slip away.”
Monta Ellis added 21 points for the Warriors, who snapped a three-game losing streak.
Rudy Gay had 25 points and 10 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who had won three of four. O.J. Mayo and Conley each added 21 points. Sam Young scored 14.
“We were sleepwalking the first half,” Conley said. “They were being aggressive and making shots. We just didn’t play defense in the first half.”
All-Star Zach Randolph finished with 16 points and five rebounds before leaving in the third quarter with a sore left ankle.

Falling behind
The ninth-place Grizzlies fell 41⁄2 games behind No. 8 Portland in the Western Conference with 10 games remaining. Memphis never led after the 9:18 mark of the first quarter as the Warriors went on to shoot nearly 55 percent for the contest.
“We didn’t play any defense, nobody,” Mayo said. “It’s not about the offense. We gave up 78 points in the first half – enough said.”
Warriors coach Don Nelson pulled within three wins of Lenny Wilkens (1,332) as the NBA’s all-time winningest coach.
The Grizzlies are 8-2 in their last 10 road games.
Grizzlies C Marc Gasol practiced with the team on Tuesday but was on the inactive list for the fifth straight game with a neck injury.

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