Last night everyone just knew that the Golden State Warriors would cruise to their 32nd victory after having a 24-point lead in the second half against the Memphis Grizzlies in front of a sell-out crowd at the Oracle Arena. However, the Grizzlies had other plans in the fourth quarter.
The Grizzlies would come all the way back from a 24-point deficit to defeat the Warriors 128-118 in overtime. As a result of the victory over Golden State, the Grizzlies improved their record to 23-16. In regards to the playoff picture in the Western Conference, they are currently the 6th seed.
The Grizzlies overtime victory over the Warriors last night showed that they would be a tough out for any team that may run into them once the playoffs start. Warriors star forward Kevin Durant is no stranger to how dangerous the Grizzlies can be in the postseason. Back in 2013, Memphis advanced to the Western Conference Finals for the first time in team history after winning the series over Durant’s former team the Oklahoma City Thunder 4-1.
There is still a lot of basketball left in the season; Memphis still have an opportunity to grab the 4th seed in the Western Conference held by the Los Angeles Clippers. If the playoffs had started today, the Grizzlies would be facing MVP candidate James Harden and the red-hot Houston Rockets.
A matchup of that magnitude would show if Memphis could shut down the most dangerous players in the league right now. To sum it all up, the Grizzlies showed last night they could hang with the heavyweights of the Western Conference; this ball club is capable of pulling off a major upset in the playoffs this season.
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