Golden State Warriors embarrassed by the Memphis Grizzlies in a massive 134-95 defeat



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the Golden State Warriors he definitely missed the opportunity to clinch the Western Conference semifinal playoff series against the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night.

In a dominant performance in Game 5 of the best-of-seven series, the Grizzlies won 134-95 – leading by a whopping 55 points – at FedExForum.

Memphis has never struggled to get past the Warriors’ normally powerful offense, even without stellar point guard Ja Morant, who is in doubt for the rest of the post-season due to a bruised right knee in Game 3.

Memphis scored 77 points in the first half, the highest in the franchise’s post-season history. The Grizzlies’ 52-point lead after three quarters equaled the record for the greatest in a playoff game in the past 70 years.

Jaren Jackson Jr., Desmond Bane and Tyus Jones each scored 21 points, keeping Golden State at arm’s length and forcing to Game 6 in San Francisco with the Warriors leading the overall series 3-2.

Subsequently, Jackson Jr. said Memphis’ high pace was what helped them stay in the lead.

“We were just playing fast. You know how we like to play fast, “he told the media.” We wanted to bring that energy early. We just kept our foot on the gas and everyone contributed. Even 12 (Morant) over there, with the ice on. ”

For the Warriors, it was a disappointing night with the opportunity to advance to the Western Conference Finals up for grabs.

Three-time NBA champion Klay Thompson called it “horrifying” and “embarrassing”.

“From the initial episode, we didn’t have a great flow, they were more aggressive than us,” he explained. “We all had the mindset that we were going to quit tonight, but sometimes basketball isn’t an exact science.”

But Draymond Green was more measured on the blowout loss: “Down by 55, or down by 5, you lose by 50, you lose by 5, you lost. It is a game in the loss column of the series. He won’t earn too much. ”

He added: “You definitely want to empty it, but you also need to learn from it. It’s not like blushing, see this team again in two months. See this team in two days. So you learn from it and then download it, make the necessary changes and then download it. What you download is the final result. Go on from that.

The teams face off on Friday in a potentially decisive Game 6.

Steph Curry returns to the bench during the first half of Game 5.

There was certainly no love lost during this Warriors-Grizzlies series.

From Green sent off in Game 1 and Dillon Brooks sent off in Game 2 to Morant who injured his knee and said Golden State’s Jordan Poole “broke the code”.

But on Wednesday night, in the midst of a huge result, there was finally room for a bit of lightness.

Ahead of Game 5, Steph Curry said the Warriors’ game plan was “Whoop That Trick”.

This was a reference to the song by Memphis born rapper Al Kapone that was performed in Terrence Howard’s “Hustle & Flow”. In recent years, he has become a Grizzlies anthem during late game moments.

And in the fourth quarter of Game 5, with Memphis ahead unassailable, Kapone stepped out onto the FedExForum floor to perform the song to the delight of the audience.

As Jackson Jr. and Morant danced on the sidelines in Memphis and as Grizzlies fans waved their towels in unison, so did the Warriors bench.

Curry was seen laughing as Green waved his towel over his head in unison.

“They’re not going to do that trick on their own,” Green said. “We’ll do that trick together if we want to do that trick.

“One thing I don’t respect is people who only wear it when they win it, hug the audience when you win it. We call those first runners. We’re not in the front row, you know? We got our asses kicked. Everything is alright. It happens. But you are not a front runner.

“When you spit it, you have to be willing to take it and not hide from it, don’t withdraw from it, hug it. I appreciated the crowd tonight, the energy they brought to the game. If they want to do that trick, we’ll do them again. ”

The Milwaukee Bucks showed why they are the reigning NBA champions on Wednesday night, showing resilience and determination to beat the Boston Celtics 110-107 in Game 5.

The Bucks came back from 14 points behind in the fourth quarter to take the lead in the final minutes, needing some magical moments of star guard Jrue Holiday’s defensive prowess to clinch the win and take a 3-2 lead to the best of seven Series of Eastern Conference semifinals.

Holiday blocks a Smart roll in the final seconds of the game.

Having just taken the first lead from the second quarter with seconds left, Holiday first blocked Marcus Smart from behind, resulting in a turnover that earned possession of his team. Then, as time went on, he stole the ball from Smart again to seal the score and make sure the Bucks could finish the series in Game 6 in Milwaukee on Friday.

Two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 40 points and 11 rebounds, while Holiday added 24 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in the winning effort.