Grizzlies snap Golden State Warriors’ 14-game home winning streak

One of the NBA’s biggest storylines this off-season has been the Golden State Warriors’ pursuit of history by winning 73 regular-season games. As well as the newly won NBA championship, the Warriors have become…

Grizzlies snap Golden State Warriors' 14-game home winning streak

One of the NBA’s biggest storylines this off-season has been the Golden State Warriors’ pursuit of history by winning 73 regular-season games. As well as the newly won NBA championship, the Warriors have become the first team in NBA history to post the best record in consecutive seasons. That record appears to be coming to an end for the Warriors, who were beaten 101-94 by the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday.

A wild 24-point third quarter comeback fell short for the Warriors. Grizzlies guard Ja My Mm Morant put on a show against the Warriors. Morant, who was not selected in the 2017 NBA draft, was an NBA G League affiliate player for the Sacramento Kings the past two seasons before spending the past two months in the Golden State Warriors’ NBA summer league team.

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The Grizzlies had an incredible eight-game winning streak at home this season. They might have a shot at taking down the Warriors if it continues. Morant scored 24 points and pulled down 11 rebounds as Memphis snapped a franchise-record, 10-game losing streak against the Warriors in Memphis. Morant did most of his damage in the third quarter when he shot 6-for-8.

Serge Ibaka led the Warriors with 25 points, two shy of his career high and a personal best in 12 games with Golden State. Kevin Durant had a game-high 15 rebounds and three blocks, and Stephen Curry added 19 points on 7-for-17 shooting.

The Grizzlies, whose prior win over the Warriors was February 2016, were led by Morant’s 24 points. Ivan Rabb scored 13 and Tyreke Evans had 11. The Warriors were without Draymond Green, who is recovering from a concussion. David West returned to the starting lineup, but Andre Iguodala started at center and Shaun Livingston posted 14 points, six rebounds and four assists.

The Warriors hadn’t lost at home since October, a stretch of nine straight wins, but finished with a three-game losing streak at the weekend in Las Vegas in a three-day stretch. They had won 21 straight against playoff teams, a streak that began with an overtime win over Memphis on Feb 2, 2015.

Memphis won all three of its games against Golden State last season, including three in a row during the regular season and an overtime victory at home in the first round of the playoffs. Tuesday was the second-to-last game of the summer league for both the Warriors and Grizzlies.

The Grizzlies have two more games and the Warriors will play four of their last five in Vegas, giving them time to prepare for their regular-season schedule.

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