Warriors overcome Grizzlies for 71st victory

Sun Apr 10, 2016 12:47am EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - The Golden State Warriors' quest to become a big part of NBA history remains alive -- barely.

Golden State, seeking to become the first team in league history to win 73 games during the regular season, was nearly denied the opportunity by the slumping, injury- depleted Memphis Grizzlies.

Memphis, which had lost 11 of its past 14, led most of the final quarter before falling to the Warriors 100-99 on Saturday.

Golden State, which rested starting center Andrew Bogut, had difficulty against a team it had beaten soundly in two earlier games -- including a 50-point win at home.

Steph Curry and Klay Thompson struggled from long range going a combined 5 for 24, but Draymond Green rescued the Warriors with 23 points, including the game-winning tip-in with a minute to go. He also had 11 rebounds.

"I think the whole game we weren't playing with any intensity," Green said.

"We were just out there thinking we were supposed to win and they were taking advantage of that. We got down 10 (points) and the crowd was going crazy and we finally started playing with that intensity."

Golden State is 71-9 with games remaining at San Antonio on Sunday and at home against the Grizzlies on Wednesday. The Warriors are attempting to surpass the 1995-96 Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls, who finished 72-10.

"I shouldn't say this, but I don't care that much (about reaching 73 wins)," Golden State coach Steve Kerr said.   Continued...

Apr 9, 2016; Memphis, TN, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Andre Iguodala (9) shoots the ball in the fourth quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum. The Warriors won 100-99. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports