Warriors return from All-Star break to host Grizzlies
(Sports Network) – The Golden State Warriors play their first game back from
the All-Star break, as they welcome the Memphis Grizzlies tonight to ORACLE
Golden State went into the break on a winning note. On February 14th, Stephen
Jackson tied a season-high with 36 points and dished out eight assists as the
Warriors pounded the New York Knicks, 120-101, at ORACLE Arena.
Monta Ellis had 23 points and seven assists in the win over the Knicks for
Golden State, while Al Harrington added 17 points, nine boards and six assists
for the Warriors, who snapped a two-game losing streak. Kelenna Azubuike
netted 15 and grabbed seven boards in the victory.
Guard Baron Davis (arthroscopic left knee surgery) is expected to be sidelined
at least until mid-March. He leads the Warriors in scoring (20.7 ppg) and
assists (8.7 apg).
Andris Biedrins, who is averaging 10.2 points per contest, has grabbed a team-
best 9.6 rebounds per game for Golden State.
The Warriors are a solid 19-9 at home this season. They are scheduled to visit
the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday at the Staples Center.
Memphis has lost two in a row and plays the third of a four-game road trip. On
Tuesday, Rashard Lewis scored 34 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the
Seattle SuperSonicsover the Grizzlies, 121-105, at KeyArena.
Pau Gasol scored 17 points and grabbed 12 boards in the loss to Seattle for
the Grizzlies, who have lost five in a row on the road. Mike Miller scored 20
points, while rookie Rudy Gay finished with 19 points for Memphis.
The Grizzlies are a dismal 3-24 on the road this season. They will visit the
Portland Trail Blazers on Friday at the Rose Garden.
This is the second of four meetings this season between the squads. On January
3rd, Miller poured in 33 points, including a career-high nine three-pointers
as the Grizzlies picked up a 144-135 win over the Warriors at the FedExForum.
The Grizzlies have won four of their last five at Golden State. Memphis has
won five in a row in the series.
Golden State will host the Grizzlies on April 1st at ORACLE Arena, while
Memphis will welcome the Warriors on April 6th to FedExForum.