NBA: Jaren Jackson Jr., Grizzlies beat Warriors

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Jaren Jackson Jr. #13 of the Memphis Grizzlies goes to the basket against Jonathan Kuminga #00 of the Golden State Warriors during the second half of the game at FedExForum on March 18, 2023 in Memphis, Tennessee. Justin Ford/Getty Images/AFP

Jaren Jackson Jr. matched his season-high 31 points and also added seven rebounds and four blocked shots to help the Memphis Grizzlies to a 133-119 victory over the visiting Golden State Warriors on Saturday night.

Desmond Bane scored 26 points and Dillon Brooks added 18 for the Grizzlies (43-27), who tied for second in the Western Conference with the Sacramento Kings. Tyus Jones matched his career-best 14 assists while scoring 13 non-turnover points for Memphis.

Golden State lost its 11th straight road game and is a modest 7-29 away from home. Jonathan Kuminga scored 24 points and Jordan Poole added 21 for the Warriors (36-36), who lost their third straight game and hold the No. 1 play-in spot in the West.

Golden State’s Stephen Curry had just 16 points on 5 of 15 shooting and fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson had 14 on 6 of 17 shooting.

Overall, the Warriors connected on 42.9 percent of their shots and were 13 of 35 from behind the arc. Draymond Green had 11 points and Kevon Looney scored 10.

Memphis star Ja Morant missed his eighth straight game, the last of his suspension for harmful conduct. He is eligible to play Monday when the Grizzlies host the Dallas Mavericks.

Memphis is 5-3 in Morant’s absence. Jones recorded 10 or more assists in five of the games while serving as a starter.

Luke Kennard and Xavier Tillman added 14 points each and David Roddy had 11 for the Grizzlies.

Curry made a 3-pointer to bring Golden State back to 115-109 with 7:38 to go before the Grizzlies delivered the knockout with 14 straight points to extend the lead to 20.

Jackson scored the final six points of the run as Memphis tied the four-game season streak with the Warriors at two games apiece.

The Grizzlies shot 54.7 percent from the field and were 18 of 38 from 3-point range.

The Warriors trailed 12 at halftime before shooting 80-76 on Kuminga’s 3-pointer with 7:29 left in the third quarter.

The Grizzlies called timeout and responded with 10 straight points. Brooks and Bane drained 3 points and Jackson and Jones followed with 2-point hoops to increase the margin to 14 with 5:31 remaining.

Poole buried a 3-pointer to cap a 17-point quarterback to put Golden State back in the six. Memphis led 104-100 going into the final stanza.

Jackson scored 14 points and Brooks and Kennard added 12 apiece as Memphis took a 71-59 halftime lead. Kuminga scored 15 points in the half for Golden State.


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