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One-win Warriors are great for night


One-win Warriors are great for nightThere is no longer a winless NBA team in California.

The Warriors on Wednesday night joined the Lakers, the Clippers and Sacramento in the win column.

They got a well-rounded effort, and coach Don Nelson's imagination paid dividends for a 113-105 victory over Memphis in front of 17,457 at Oracle Arena.

The Warriors had four 20-point scorers for the first time this season, and got a combined 21 assists from Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry. In his most complete game in 2 1/2 years, Monta Ellis had 24 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds.

Anthony Morrow scored 24 points, and Stephen Jackson and Corey Maggette each added 20. Curry had seven points, nine assists and five rebounds.

Scrambling for their first win of the season, the Warriors 1-2 were creative, employing a small starting lineup, getting Morrow involved, and using Mikki Moore as a defensive presence off the bench.

Kelenna Azubuike 6-foot-5 and Jackson 6-8 started at the forwards, a game plan that appeared to be a disaster when Andris Biedrins got into early foul trouble. The lineup, however, also had Memphis 1-4 out of sorts on the defensive end.

After falling behind 26-13 in the first quarter, the Warriors scurried back with Maggette and Morrow at the forwards. Whether Morrow was playing forward or guard - as he did much of the game - it quickly became clear that Nelson's message about getting his sharp-shooter the ball had taken hold.

Ellis found him in the corner for an open three-pointer that tied the game 43-43 with 5:02 left in the first half. Morrow made all four of his three-point attempts and showed the ability to drive and score, including a 7-foot floater that gave the Warriors an 87-77 lead in the final minute of the third quarter.

With Biedrins in foul trouble and Ronny Turiaf left knee out, Nelson turned to Moore. He had four rebounds in 21 minutes and held Marc Gasol to 12 points.

Rudy Gay scored a game-high 29 points for Memphis, Allen Iverson came off the bench for 18 points, and Zach Randolph added 16.

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'Miracle' for Tuohy Memphis Grizzlies TV analyst Sean Tuohy said he has been caught off guard by the acclaim he has received recently."The movie rights were sold a week before the book came out, and I laughed because 'Who would read a book about it, let alone do a movie about it?' " Tuohy said. "Well, I've learned to be careful what I laugh about."Tuohy's family is the subject of Michael Lewis' book, "The Blind Side," which has been turned into a movie starring Sandra Bullock and opens Nov. 20. The Tuohys adopted Michael Oher, then a homeless teenager and now an offensive lineman for the Baltimore Ravens. "To us, it is just a miracle," Tuohy said. "If you try to describe it any other way, it doesn't make any sense."'Miracle' for Tuohy UP NEXT Who: vs. Clippers 1-4

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Of note: The matchup between the top two players in the Las Vegas Summer League will have to wait. Clippers rookie forward Blake Griffin is expected to miss two months with a fractured left patella, and Warriors forward Anthony Randolph is coming off the bench.

'Miracle' for Tuohy OPENING TIP: Marcus Williams, a 2006 first-round pick who got playing time in only nine games with the Warriors last season, is in a familiar bench spot in Memphis this season. "He's a fast guy and a fast thinker, but he doesn't play fast," Memphis TV analyst Sean Tuohy said.


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Added: November 5, 2009

 

 
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