Warriors roll to Game 1 victory over Grizzlies 

click to enlarge The Warriors' Draymond Green, left, screams after making a 3-pointer as the Grizzlies' Zach Randolph runs back downcourt. - MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ/AP
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  • The Warriors' Draymond Green, left, screams after making a 3-pointer as the Grizzlies' Zach Randolph runs back downcourt.

OAKLAND — There were no shortage of story lines in advance of the Western Conference semifinals,

Take your pick — Old School versus New School, Muscle versus Hustle, Hardball versus Longball.

Add one more: Wile E. Coyote versus Roadrunner.

The quicker, faster and more rested Warriors drew first blood in the best-of-seven series Sunday 101-86 when they dominated a bewildered Memphis Grizzlies team that lost its way. The series will resume at Oracle Arena on Tuesday.

"We played extremely aggressive, extremely hard in the first half," said Warriors star Stephen Curry, who scored 22 points, dished out seven assists and barely broke a sweat. "Now that we've got the cobwebs [out of] our offensive game, we should be able to build some momentum."

The Warriors hadn't played in seven days since their sweep of the New Orleans Pelicans in the first round, but one never would have known it. After the Grizzlies scored the first three points of the game, the home team led for the final 46-plus minutes.

So much for the rust factor.

"Today was a little tricky because just because of all the time off," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "But all in all, the effort and the intensity were right where we needed them."

Any notion that the big, bad Grizzlies would control the tempo, slow the game to a crawl and take the Warriors out of their element was dispelled quickly.

Except for Marc Gasol, who bull-rushed his way to the basket several times, the Grizzlies were polite, well-mannered visitors for the most part. It didn't help that floor leader Mike Conley (face surgery) was unavailable.

"You have to be really disciplined at both ends and don't overreact to what they do to you," Gasol said.

What the Warriors do better than anyone is spread the floor, move the ball and drain open shots, many of them from 3-point range. They dominated the Grizzlies by a 30-point margin (39-9) from beyond the arc.

"We feel that we can beat anyone, and that's been our mindset the entire year," Green said. "Its not going to change now."

pladewski@sfexaminer.com

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