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The Memphis Grizzlies had a shared scoring effort across the roster as they ended the Golden State Warriors’ winning streak at 16 games on Tuesday night.
A big boost from the bench which saw the Grizzlies score 20 straight points to start the second quarter ultimately did the damage against a Warriors team looking to extend their winning run.
Marc Gasol scored 24 points, Zach Randolph had 17 points and 10 rebounds while Vince Carter had a season-high 16 points as Memphis earned their fifth straight win.
Mike Conley added 17 points but the starters paid tribute to the bench as they were able to ensure that the Warriors fall to 21-3 for the season and in turn it ended the longest winning streak in franchise history.
Stephen Curry scored 19 points and added seven rebounds and six assists, but he was positive after the game and is focused on bouncing back as soon as possible.
“We understand it was a nice run and something the franchise has never done before,” Curry told reporters.
“It’s put us in a good position to take a tough loss like we did tonight and keep moving. We’ll be all right. It was fun while it lasted.”
Staying in the West, the New Orleans Pelicans claimed a win over the Utah Jazz with Anthony Davis returning from a chest injury to score 31 points and grab nine rebounds.
The Pelicans improve to 12-12 for the season as they look to contest for the final playoff spot in the Conference with the Oklahoma City Thunder pressuring them.
OKC claimed their seventh straight win after victory over the Sacramento Kings, with Russell Westbrook shining with 32 points, six rebounds and seven assists while Kevin Durant passed the 15,000 career-points mark on a good night for the Thunder.
Over in the East, the Miami Heat overcame a 31-minute delay at the Barclays Center due to a leakage to beat the Brooklyn Nets, while the New York Knicks ensured it was a miserable night for the Big Apple as they were routed in Tyson Chandler’s return to MSG with the Dallas Mavericks.
Dirk Nowitzki had 16 points, five rebounds and five assists while Carmelo Anthony’s 26 points were in vain as the Knicks slip to 5-22 for the season.
Minnesota Timberwolves 95-109 Washington Wizards
Miami Heat 95-91 Brooklyn Nets
Golden State Warriors 98-105 Memphis Grizzlies
Utah Jazz 111-119 New Orleans Pelicans
Dallas Mavericks 107-87 New York Knicks
Oklahoma City Thunder 104-92 Sacramento Kings