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·        The Memphis Grizzlies will look to force a decisive Game 7 in the Western Conference Semifinals against the Golden State Warriors… The Grizzlies set a franchise record for largest margin of victory in the playoffs (+39) and led by as many as 55 points during their 134-95 victory in Game 5 at FedExForum on 92.9 FM ESPN. GAME 6 IS FRIDAY (5/13) at 9PM, with pregame at 8:30PM with Jessica Benson

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·         Memphis also set franchise records for points (134) and 3-pointers made (18) in Game 5… The Grizzlies reached 100 points with 6:21 remaining in the third quarter on Wednesday, eclipsing the 98 points they scored in Game 4 at Chase Center.

·         The Grizzlies outrebounded the Warriors 55-37 in Game 5, including an 18-4 edge on the offensive glass that led to a 24-5 advantage in second chance points… Memphis led the NBA in total rebounds, offensive rebounds and second chance points during the regular season.

·         The Grizzlies recorded the second-best record in the NBA during the regular season (56-26) and tied their 2012-13 franchise record for winning percentage (.683)… Memphis’ No. 2 seed is its highest in franchise history, and its Southwest Division championship is the first division title in club history.


Warriors center James Wiseman played collegiately at the University of Memphis. Grizzlies forward/center Jaren Jackson Jr., forward/center Xavier Tillman Sr. and Warriors forward Draymond Green played collegiately at Michigan State. Grizzlies forward Kyle Anderson and Warriors center Kevon Looney both played at UCLA. Grizzlies guard/forward Dillon Brooks, forward Brandon Clarke and Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins are from Canada… Wiggins teamed with Grizzlies guard Tyus Jones on the Minnesota Timberwolves. Grizzlies assistant coach Darko Rajaković and Warriors forward Nemanja Bjelica are both from Serbia. Grizzlies radio play-by-play Eric Hasseltine is a native of Walnut Creek, Calif., and graduated from UC-Davis. Grizzlies wing Ziaire Williams, guard Tyrell Terry and Grizzlies TV analyst Brevin Knight played at Stanford.