Morant and Memphis hold off Warriors for final spot in Playoffs

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The Memphis Grizzlies are moving on to the Western Conference Playoffs after beating the Golden State Wizards in overtime. Ja Morant led the way in route to a 117-112 win.

Morant led the way from the start

Memphis jumped out to a big lead early in the game as their 21 year old star dropped double digits in the opening quarter. The Warriors started the game with eight early turnovers, which is what plagued them in the game against the Lakers.

Curry and the Warriors trailed from the start, and only pulled even with the Grizzlies in the final few minutes of the fourth quarter.

Warriors late run forced OT

An 11-0 late Warriors run sparked hope around the Chase Center, as a very subdued crowed finally started to make some noise. The run evened up the game at 97 with just over a minute to go.

The Grizzlies started to double team Curry as soon as he stepped over half court. With the game tied at 99 Memphis went after Steph again, so Curry found a wide open Draymon Green who couldn’t covert what would have been the game winner.

Morant on fire from three point range

Ja Morant took the Grizzlies on his back and into the playoffs. In the last game between these two team just six days ago Golden State dropped off Morant inviting him to shoot from the perimeter. Today he took advantage of that strategy by going 5-10 from the perimeter.

The former Murray State man ended the night with 35 points and Dillon Brooks followed up with 14. Brooks also did a good job on damage control defending Curry especially late on.

Morant with the biggest play in the OT period

The overtime period was close throughout, with both teams exchanging threes. It was who other than Ja Morant who had the ball in his hands in the pivotal moment. A strong drive and a composed finish put the game out of reach for the Warriors.

Scoring champ's season comes to an end

Curry ended the game with 39 points, while Andrew Wiggins finished with 22, but the Golden State Warriors seemed out of sorts on the offensive end for most of the night, and they were never able to take the lead away from until briefly the overtime period.

The Grizzlies will now travel to Utah to take on the first seeded Jazz who bolster the best record in the league, while Golden States season ends tonight.

Bane's dunk capped off the night for the Grizzlies who are off to Utah

Morant was in take over mode late on

Memphis is rocking after the Grizzlies win

116-112

The Utah Jazz await the Grizzlies in the first round of the Western Conference Finals

The Memphis Grizzlies are going to the playoffs!

116-112

Bane on the excalmation point! Big slam!!

114-112

Timeout against for the Grizzlies as Brooks couldn't find anyone on the inboud.

114-112

Timeout Grizzlies

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Poole with the corner three with 2.2 remaining

114-109

Morant on the spin and the finish to put this game out of reach for the Warriors. He's got 35 tongiht

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Morant on the floater in the paint, he's got 33 on the night.

110-109

Tillman with a triple try as the shot clock expired

107-109

Poole wide open for three off the offensive rebound

107-106

Timeout in the Chase Center

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2:10 to go in OT

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Green answers with a triple of his own

107-103

Allen with back to back triples

104-103

Allen drains the three from the far corner

101-103

Curry of the dribble, he's got 39

101-101

Wiggins banks home a deuce

101-99

Tilllman on the third effort to start the overtime period.

99-99

Green had a chance to win it on a floater in the paint, but misses and we are giong to overtime

99-99

Wiggins off the feed from Poole down low

98-97

Anderson to the line hits two of two. Under a minute to go

97-97

9-0 run for the Warriors

97-97

Curry fouled on the drive, fouled with 1:12 left. Hits both FTs and we have a tie game. Valanciunas picks up his sixth.

97-95

Poole fouled on his three point attempt. Hits all three free throws

97-92

Green on the pick and roll down the lane

97-90

Green inside off the glass

97-88

Morant with the up and under lay up, he's got 31

95-88

3:18 to go in the fourth. Timeout on the floot

95-88

Poole attacking the iron gets the bucket and the foul. FT is good

95-85

Valaciunas on the jump hook!

93-85

Timeout at the Chase Center with under 4 minutes to go

93-85

Under five to go in the fouth quarter

93-85

Valanciunas to the stripe, hits both

91-85

Curry has 35 tonight

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Curry from downtown

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Morant gets into the paint and sinks the floater.

89-82

Looney hits one of two fromt the line

89-81

Looney to the line, but first a timeout on the floor.

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Morant on the floater, and Memphis leads by 8

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Morant to the line after a hard foul on the drive. Makes two of two

85-81

Morant responds with a three ball from the near side

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Curry with a deep ball

82-78

Valanciunas with the put back!

80-78

Curry with the bucket and one!!! FT is good. What a play by Curry, spinning after the contact and put the shot up

80-75

Brooks money from the far side for two

78-75

Wiggins on the lay in off the glass

78-73

Warriors ended that quarter on a 8-1 run

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Curry in transition with the up and under

78-71

The foul was upheld and Tillman hits one of two.

77-71

Kerr is challenging the last foul called on Green against Tillman

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Under 2:30 to go in the third quarter.

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Bazemore running the floor beat everyone to the iron

77-69

Toscano-Anderson drops two FTs

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Wiggins on the spin move on the block.

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Morant with another three ball, he's 4-6 from behind the arc

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Curry out of the timeout with a three ball

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Brooks off the inbound, gets underneath the basket

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Wiggins in the corner for the trey

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Morant open for three again,

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Curry on the fast break finish

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Morant gets the layup in transition.

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Curry stretching to the basket, gets the finger roll to drop. Timeout from the Chase Center

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Green on the jump hook from inside the paint

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Bazmore reverse layup off the steal

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Wiggins from close range.

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Brooks with the put back after the Jackson Jr miss

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We ae back in play from the Chase Center.

Morant has been money so far

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The first half is overfrom San Fran, It has been all Grizzlies so far.

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Jump ball in the middle of the floor., 25.7 to go.

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Allen in the corner, and the Griz are 9/16 from downtown.

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Poole on the baseline jumper

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Curry with his third three pointer of the game.

two minutes to go in the first half

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Wiggins on the midrange jumper

59-42

Brooks on a strong drive, and Memphis leads by 17

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Tillman with a corner three ball, and the Grizzlies lead by 15. Timeout at the Chase Center

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Morant with a shifty move off the dribble.

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Green get the roll from close range

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Allen drains a three from the far side

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Anderson to the charity stripe knocks down both.

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Five to go in the first half from San Fran

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Timeout from the Chase Center

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Tillman with a deuce off the bench.

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Mulder on the finish after the dish from Curry

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Jones to the line knocks down both.

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Wiggins goes right at the defense, hits the lay up and draws the foul on Valaciunas who has 3 fouls already. FT is good

43-35

Bane connects on a three ball

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Bane fouled on the drive, goes to the line, hits one and a timeout taken before the second.

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Poole with an up and under

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Valanciunas with a three ball

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Alley Oop for Mulder

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Valanciunas down low,

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Curry at the line, hits both FTs. We are done with the first quarter in California.

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Melton floats an effort after the streak down the lane

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Jackson Jr. to the line, hits two of two

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Poole spots up from downtown and the Warriors lead!

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Curry with another triple. He's got the last 10 Warriors points.

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Curry sinks a deep three, and gets fouled. Curry completes the four point play.

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Jackson Jr. back to back FTs

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Two minutes to go in the first quarter.

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Curry, crafty in the paint, got fouled and hoisted up a fader in the lane. Gets the bucket and the FT

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Brooks with a hard drive and soft touch around the rim on the drive.

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Bazemore in the corner for three!

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Timeout on the floor. It's been all Grizzlies in the early going.

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Tip slam for Toscano-Anderson!!!

22-9

Anderson follows up the Brooks miss with a put back

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Morant up and under gets the finger roll. Morant in already in double digits.

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Curry off the dribble attacking the rack. He has his first points of the night

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Bazemore to the line, but more importantly Valanciunas picks up foul number two. Bazemore hits one of two

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Brooks with a floater for his first bucket of the night.

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Morant with a quick 8 points, as the Warriors are giving him space on the perimiter.

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Morant from the top of the key. The Grizzlies are perfect from the field so far tonight.

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Brooks was cherry picking off the steal, gets an easy bucket

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Anderson good off the bank from a tight angle, and gets the foul. FT is good

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Scoop and score for Morant on the right side

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Looney on a jumper from the FT line

6-4

Morant nails a three from the top of the key

3-2

Jackson Jr. from downtown

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Bazemore connects on the first shot of the night

0-0

We are underway from Chase Center! Winner will take the final seed in the West

The starters are being announced for both teams at the Chase Center

According to bet365.com the Warriors are 4.5 point favorites tonight, and the Over/Under is set at 220.5

Crazy stat in the pregame preview of this game on ESPN. Draymond Green is the first player in NBA history to have more assists and rebounds and points over the course of the season.

We are about ten minutes away from tip off from San Francisco

There will be limited seating at the Chase Center, but there wil be fans in the stands.

Klay Thompson is the main inactive player for the Warriors tonight with a torn achillies tendon

And Golden State's first 5

The Memphis starting line-up

Curry showing off the footy skills before draining a three pre game

Jonas Valanciunas is coming off of a 23 point 23 rebound game against the Spurs, and had 29 and 16 against Golden State six days ago

Golden State rocking the throwbacks tonight. Not just the jerseys but the hardwood too.

Even though Curry did score 46 in his last outing against the Grizzlies there were times where Dillon Brooks seemed to really frustrate the scoring champ on the defensive end

This is the fourth matchup between these two teams this year. Each team won an early season back to back, while the Warriors clinched the a spot in the 7/8 Play-In game with a 113-103 win over the Griz six days ago

Warriors roster

Here's a look at the Golden State 2020/21 roster courtesy of Basketball-reference.com

Grizzlies Roster

Here's a look at the Memphis Grizzlies 2020/21 roster courtesy of Basketball-reference.com

LeBron  James make it very clear who he thought should be the MVP this season

Curry averaged 32 points a game in the regular season, just edging Washington's Bradley Beal for the scoring crown.

This years scoring champion, and MVP candidate Steph Curry will take center stage, as the three time NBA Champ looks to keep his teams season alive

We are less than an hour away from tip off at the Chase Center where only one team will be moving on to the playoffs at the conclusion of tonight's game

Hello everyone and welcome to The Chase Center for the final Play-In game in the Western Conference. AS English will have live coverage, updates, stats and highlights of all the action as the Golden State Warriors host the Memphis Grizzlies.

Grizzlies kept it close late against the Spurs

The Grizzlies enter tonight in the wake of their narrow 100-96 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night at the FedEx Forum. Memphis stared the game in incredible fashion, jumping out to a 19 point lead at the end of the first quarter. Jonas Valanciunas dominated down low posting 23 points and 23 rebounds, while Dillon Brooks toped all scorers with 24, but his defense was the story of the game.

Brooks tamed DeMar DeRozan for the majority of the game, despite an early comeback bid in the late stages of the game.

Warriors lost to Lakers in a Play-In game to remember

The Warriors dropped an instant classic to the Lakers in the late game on Wednesday. Steph Curry showed why he is an MVP candidate with a 37 point performance, while Andrew Wiggins had a big first half and finished with 21.

LeBron James ended the Warriors aspirations of a seven seed with a deep dagger late in the game, and the Warriors were forced to travel home for the one off game tonight.

Fourth meeting between Warriors and Grizzlies

The Warriors lead the season series 2-1, and won the last matchup five days ago. Curry had 46 in that game and essentially wrapped up the scoring title with his monster performance.

The winner of tonights game will travel to Utah to take on the top seeded Jazz on Sunday.

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