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MEMPHIS — Draymond Green’s triple-double was like no other in N.B.A. history.
Green scored only 4 points but finished with 12 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals as the Golden State Warriors beat the Memphis Grizzlies, 122-107, on Friday night.
With his all-around performance, Green became the first N.B.A. player to record a triple-double with fewer than 10 points.
Klay Thompson had 36 points and Kevin Durant added 24, but it was Green’s performance that drew accolades from Warriors Coach Steve Kerr.
“Draymond dominated that game,” Kerr said. “That’s as dominant of a performance as I’ve ever seen from somebody who scored 4 points.”
Andre Iguodala had 22 and Stephen Curry finished with 18. Green’s 10 steals and five blocks headlined a Warriors defense that forced 19 turnovers and held Memphis to 39 percent shooting.
“I knew Klay was knocking down the shots, so I knew the assists started to get up there,” Green said, “but I really didn’t know where I was as far as rebounds and steals.”
The Warriors had blown a 24-point lead in the second half of a loss to the Grizzlies on Jan. 6. This time, the Warriors (45-8) held a 26-point advantage in the fourth quarter and did not let the Grizzlies (33-23) back in it.
Mike Conley led Memphis with 20 points. Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph had 17 apiece.
The Warriors’ defense worked hard to keep the Grizzlies from getting the ball inside. The strategy was particularly effective against Gasol, who shot only 4 of 14. Part of that was Green and other Golden State defenders preventing feeds into the post and poking the ball away after passes.
“He guards the whole team out there,” Kerr said. “Put him on Marc Gasol, put him on Zach Randolph and switch him onto Conley. How many guys in the league can do that?”
While Memphis struggled, Golden State made 51 percent of its shots, including 15 of 33 from outside the arc.
The Warriors carried a 62-49 advantage into halftime, and Durant, who was limited to 6 points in the first half, scored 12 in the third quarter to help the Warriors build a 98-77 lead heading into the fourth.
At that point, folks were noticing Green’s uncommon stat line.
“To a certain extent, he does that every night for us,” Curry said. “But the numbers were pretty crazy with that kind of a triple-double.”