MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Memphis Grizzlies brought back the inside play and tight defense that made them successful earlier this season.
And the performance with the team's new players removed the bad thoughts of the previous week's play.
Marc Gasol scored six of his 20 points down the stretch to help the Grizzlies end their two-game slide by defeating the Golden State Warriors 99-93 on Friday night.
The Grizzlies said it was the most comfortable the team had been since adding Tayshaun Prince, Austin Daye and Ed Davis in a three-team deal that sent Rudy Gay to Toronto on Jan. 30.
"We let our defense dictate our offense," said Gasol, who also grabbed 11 rebounds and was 9 of 14 from the field.
"We were unselfish defensively. We were helping each other. We knew their schemes, and were real aggressive in trying to get them away from what they were trying to do.
" ... Offensively, we moved it, and we were fortunate that we hit a lot of shots from the outside."
Tony Allen had a season-high 17 points on 7 of 8 shooting, Zach Randolph had 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Jerryd Bayless finished with 14 points.
Daye had 12 points for Memphis, providing a spark in the first half.
The adjustment to new players and dealing with trade rumors contributed to two tough losses earlier in the week — first at home to Phoenix, then in Atlanta.
All the talk about the team's mindset after the shakeup led Memphis coach Lionel Hollins to address the issue in a 20-plus-minute pregame discussion. Among the topics was for the team to forget the changes and play their style of game.
"We finally kind of calmed down and let the game come to us," said point guard Mike Conley, who had 10 of Memphis' 26 assists on 36 field goals.
"We played inside-out down the stretch. Got it to Marc and (Randolph) and played off of them. That's what we've been known for the last few years, and finally got back to the inside-out style of basketball."
Stephen Curry matched his season high with 32 points and eight assists for the Warriors, who lost their third straight. David Lee was the only other Golden State player in double figures with 26 points, connecting on 10 of 16 shots.
While allowing 63 points in the first half, the Warriors limited Memphis to 36 after the break, a turnaround that presented some optimism for Golden State.
"We fell a little bit short," Curry said. "It's a frustrating feeling for us losing three in a row. But it is a positive that we can take from this game knowing that we got back to our brand of basketball the last 24 minutes."
Warriors coach Mark Jackson said the second half was a much better performance on both ends of the floor for his team.
"I was pleased with the defensive effort in the second half," Jackson said. "We gave up too many points in the first half. ... We played our brand of basketball (in the second half). I was pleased with that. It was a tough loss for us."