MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Just 24 hours after a performance in Houston that may have raised some serious doubts about the Warriors, they bounced back to erase one of the ugliest warts on their recent historical ledger.
In fact, the Warriors fairly well crushed it with a 108-82 victory Saturday night over the heretofore nemesis Memphis Grizzlies. They may have crushed some of the recently accumulating doubts as well.
Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and David Lee combined for 75 points as Golden State pretty much had its way with the Grizzlies at FedExForum, never once trailing. Now there's a rare development if there ever was one.
The victory ended the nasty 11-game losing streak against Memphis, albeit with a bit of an asterisk -- the hosts were without their star center, Marc Gasol.
Then again, having not won at FedEx since 2008, the Warriors weren't about to diminish the significance of it, particularly after the Houston horror to open the trip Friday night.
"I thought we showed who we truly are," said coach Mark Jackson. "We've been upset with the way we've played, and we came in here against a team we've not had much success -- or any success at all against -- and got a quality win."
After their embarrassing effort against the Rockets, the Warriors came out like Rocky Balboa in the first quarter, obviously chippy and bent on atoning. Thompson, who was 2 for 10 with five points in Houston, nailed his first four shots and finished with 30 on 12-of-19 shooting.
Lee, who has been in an even longer offensive funk of late, also got it going during the first quarter as the Warriors shot 59 percent, dominated the boards and took a 29-19 lead.
"I felt a lot better," said Lee, who scored 23 points with 11 rebounds and outperformed his own nemesis, Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph. "I just tried to be more aggressive. If I can get in there and get quality shots, it's going to open up the guards in the second half, and that's exactly what happened."
But the biggest hero was probably Curry, who didn't have the greatest shooting night (7 for 16) even though he wound up with 22 points. But he played the first 45 minutes of the game before being subbed out, matched his career high with 15 assists and had six rebounds.
Curry knew the stakes after what happened in Houston the night before.
"We have to be a resilient team," he said. "We are not going to play perfectly all year long. We just have to respond, and I think we did a great job tonight. We had to set the tone. It is important to do that on the road."
Curry made only two 3-pointers, but they were momentous on two fronts. After the Grizzlies had whittled a 16-point deficit to six at halftime, he buried back-to-back shots from beyond the arc on consecutive possessions. The two buckets bumped the lead back to 10, and the Warriors just kept expanding on that advantage from there.
As a bonus, his second bomb made him the Warriors' all-time 3-point leader with 701, passing Jason Richardson.
"To pass Jason, it's a cool feeling," Curry said. "I'm a proud Warrior, it's the only team I've played for, so to have some kind of record is pretty cool. Hopefully, more to come."
But for all the statistical numbers, it was nearly going the distance that may have been the most impressive.
"That's what the best players do," Jackson said. "They will themselves and their group to big-time wins. When it came time, he established a rhythm offensively. Overall, his game tonight was a thing of beauty."
And even though the Warriors beat a battered Memphis team, the milestone of beating the Grizzlies anywhere under any circumstances was a beautiful breakthrough to them.
"I'd be lying if I said it didn't (mean anything)," Jackson said. "They've had their way with us. It's been a long time coming. For these new guys here, they don't know the history. People talk about the San Antonio streak and all of that, but that's not our history. This is the one streak that is ours and we own it. It's very refreshing and it means a lot to come in and get a win."
"We took care of the ball, we shared the ball, and then we got rebounds, played solid defense and stuck to our principles," said Lee.
Jackson added: "David Lee was back to the old David Lee. We need that guy, and he was awesome tonight."
Warriors (12-9) at Charlotte (9-11),
5 p.m. CSNBA
FIRST IN THREES
With two 3-pointers in Saturday night's win at Memphis, point guard Stephen Curry (shown) became the Warriors' all-time leader in 3-pointers made. Here's a look at the franchise's top five:
Player (years w/ GS) 3-pointers
Stephen Curry (2009-present) 701
Jason Richardson (2001-07) 700
Tim Hardaway (1989-1996) 602
Chris Mullin (1985-1997, 2000-01) 590
Latrell Sprewell (1992-1998) 551