The Golden State Warriors drew one step closer to NBA history Saturday, notching their 71st victory of the season with a gritty 100-99 win over the Memphis Grizzlies at the FedEx Forum.
Injury depleted Memphis trailed 53-50 at halftime, but Vince Carter got a rare start and had a game-high 13 points at the break for the hosts.
Stephen Curry missed all five of his three-point attempts in the opening half and was 3-of-14 from beyond the arc overall, but he found other ways to make his mark, notching nine rebounds and eight assists.
The same was true for Klay Thompson, who had 20 points but missed eight of 10 three-point attempts on the evening. Curry missed two threes in the final 30 seconds, leaving the door open for Memphis to attempt a game-winner.
On Memphis’ final possession, Lance Stephenson had two wild shots at a victory but clanged his last one off the side of the backboard. Stephenson appeared to be fouled on the latter attempt, though the officials did not call it.
A number of misses on open looks contributed to Curry’s down numbers, but so did the perimeter defense Grizzlies rookie Xavier Munford played.