MEMPHIS — Draymond Green had an uncommon triple-double while scoring only 4 points, and the Golden State Warriors beat Memphis, 122-107, on Friday night for their first win over the Grizzlies in three tries this season.
Green had 12 rebounds, 10 assists and a career-best 10 steals, part of a Warriors defense that forced 19 Memphis turnovers and 39 percent shooting.
It was the first time in league history that a player had recorded a triple-double while scoring less than 10 points, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Green also broke the Warriors’ record for most steals in a game, according to Elias.
Klay Thompson scored 36 points to lead Golden State (45-8). Kevin Durant added 24 and Andre Iguodala had 22, missing only one of seven shots. Stephen Curry finished with 18 points.
The Warriors had lost two previous games to Memphis this season, including when they blew a 24-point lead in the second half on Jan. 6. This time, they held a 26-point advantage in the fourth quarter and did not let the Grizzlies (33-23) back in it.
Mike Conley led Memphis with 20 points. Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph had 17 apiece.
The Warriors’ defense worked to keep the Grizzlies from getting the ball inside to Gasol and Randolph. The strategy was particularly effective against Gasol, who shot only 4 of 14.
While Memphis struggled, the Warriors made 51 percent of their shots, including 15 of 33 from 3-point range for 45.5 percent.
Durant, limited to 6 points on 1-of-6 shooting in the first half, scored 12 in the third quarter to help the Warriors build the lead to 98-77 heading into the fourth.
As expected, the game opened with accurate 3-point shooting, led by Thompson, who was 4 of 6 from beyond the arc for 14 points in the first quarter, including the Warriors’ first 11.
By the first break, the teams were a combined 9 of 17 from 3-point range.
The Warriors carried a 62-49 advantage into halftime. Thompson’s 18 points led the way, and Iguodala added 15.
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