SAN FRANCISCO ( Associated Press) — Stephen Curry made eight free throws in the final 45.7 seconds for a total of 32 points and led the Warriors’ fourth-quarter comeback victory over the Memphis Grizzlies 101-98 on Monday night. Golden State took a 3-1 lead in their Western Conference semifinal series.
Curry dished out eight assists and grabbed five rebounds and Golden State came from behind without coach Steve Kerr on the bench after testing positive for COVID-19 less than two hours before kickoff.
The point guard took over the reins of the game like so many other times in the postseason and now his Warriors are one win away from the West finals for the first time since 2019. He tied the score at 90-90 with a basket with 3:25 left and he put the team ahead 94-93, his first lead of the night, with two free throws with 45.7 left on the clock.
Tyus Jones finished with 19 points, six rebounds and five assists for Memphis, which missed injured ace Ja Morant. Dillon Brooks returned from a one-game suspension and struggled a bit, including missing a 3-pointer with 53 seconds left, finishing 5-of-19 shooting for 12 points, eight assists and five rebounds.
Andrew Wiggins had 17 points and 10 rebounds and Klay Thompson had 14 despite missing all seven of his 3-point attempts for a Warriors who didn’t have to face the omnipresent Morant this time. The Grizzlies point guard was sidelined with soreness in his right knee after a grab by Jordan Poole as he tried to reach a loose ball late in Game 3 of the series.
It’s unclear at this time if he will play Game 5 on Wednesday at Memphis.