The Memphis Grizzlies trailed by 20 points in the second half to the Golden State Warriors in Oakland on Monday night, and entered the fourth quarter down 16. But everything at Oracle Arena requires a good bit of drama, and Memphis provided it on the backs of Tony Allen, Mike Conley and Marreese Speights.
Memphis racked up 39 points, constantly going to the line and forcing Golden State into turnovers. The Grizzlies ended up with 17 free throws in the fourth -- Golden State had eight the entire game -- and the Warriors committed nine turnovers (eight of them Memphis steals) in the period. The comeback bid was successful, as Memphis won 91-90 thanks to a Conley steal and layup.
Conley ended up with 20 points on the night, nine in the fourth quarter. His game-winning steal was surprisingly his only takeaway of the game, as Tony Allen and Rudy Gay did most of Memphis' bidding in that category. Allen had a stunning four steals in the fourth, and Gay added two. Gay led the club with 23 points on the game, but struggled with his shot in the fourth and had to contribute on the glass and defense.
Speights had shot 0-5 through three quarters, but Lionel Hollins trusted him in the fourth, and the young forward followed through with eight points on 3-3 shooting during the stint. The Warriors were led by 20 points from Monta Ellis and 18 from Stephen Curry. But the duo combined for 12 turnovers, six of those coming in the critical fourth.
In other action:
Spurs 104, Hornets 102: New Orleans missed an opportunity for a rare win despite leading San Antonio midway through the fourth. The Hornets led 89-88 when Tim Duncan re-entered the game with a touch over six minutes remaining; San Antonio went on an immediate 6-1 run and held that lead for good as Big Fun scored eight points down the stretch, outdueling Emeka Okafor. Duncan finished with 28 points, and Tony Parker had 20 points and an insane 17 assists.
Bulls 110, Nets 95: Chicago's offense went ballistic at home, getting those 110 points on just 85 possessions as Derrick Rose returned to the court (22 points, eight assists). The Bulls shot 57 percent from the floor and committed just 10 turnovers. New Jersey's offense was actually stunningly good against Chicago, all things considered, though Luol Deng sat with a bum wrist. Jordan Farmar dropped 22 off the bench for the Nets.
Thunder 99, Pistons 79: Oklahoma City made easy work of Detroit at home. OKC's trio of stars -- Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden -- combined for 68 points on 28-41 (68 percent) shooting.
Blazers 101, Kings 89: Portland found its power back at home, riding a 13-0 run in the second quarter to hold an extended lead all game long. Gerald Wallace had 20 points and eight rebounds for Portland. DeMarcus Cousins picked up another double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds.